Determine your body type

Your body and its characteristics are largely determined by your genetics. This is why some people may find it difficult to lose weight and for others, gain weight. To understand why her body acts a certain way, she needed to learn more about her body type. Doing so will help you determine the best way to achieve your healthier body goals.

Most people can be classified into three categories of body types. Each body type has its own unique characteristics and genes have a lot to do with that.

THE ECTOMORPH: “Ecto” refers to the slim / slim body type. People with this body type tend to have the most difficulty gaining weight. They can eat what they want and as much as they want without gaining a pound. People with this body type are naturally slim and have been for their entire lives.

Ectomorphs are the most fragile of the three body types. They have long, thin limbs with small, thin bones and joints, along with very little fat and muscle mass.

Ectomorphs are also known as “hard winners” as they have the hardest time of the three body types to gain weight. This is due to the incredibly high metabolic rate of their bodies. That is why they can eat whatever they want without gaining a pound. This is good if you are not trying to gain weight, but for most ectomorphs that is not your goal.

Ectomorphs have the hardest time of all to build muscle and this can get very frustrating. I know this because I am an ectomorph. Throughout my childhood I had been very thin. When I started college, I weighed around 5’11 ” and I weighed 127 pounds. So when I decided to start exercising and gaining muscle, it was an extremely difficult and frustrating task. I had to eat constantly (and still do) and a lot to gain weight. Over time though, with patience and hard work, I have been able to gain quite a bit of muscle.

As an ectomorph, you just need to remember to eat consistently, maintain a good exercise routine, and most importantly, be patient to achieve your goal of your ideal body type.

Main features: Skinny, lean, fragile, fast metabolism, tough winners.

Famous ectomorphs: Kiera Knightly, Johhny Depp, Paris Hilton, Bruce Lee.

THE ENDOMORPH: “Endo” refers to the large / heavy body type. People of this body type have an easier time gaining weight and more difficult to lose weight. Their bodies are naturally inclined to store more fat, which makes losing fat incredibly difficult for them.

Most endomorphs have most of their weight concentrated in the centers of their body, which gives their bodies a round appearance. Also due to their weight, they take on the appearance of being plump and can be described with pear-shaped bodies.

Endomorphs can literally eat a tiny fraction of what ectomorphs eat and still gain weight. This can be extremely frustrating when trying to lose weight. Endomorphs have a hard time losing weight due to their extremely slow metabolism rate and are essentially the complete opposites of ectomorphs.

If you are an endomorph, you will have to be patient like ectomorphs to achieve your weight loss goals. A consistent, healthy diet of small meals along with regular exercise should help you achieve your ideal body type. But as with all goals, discipline and routine are the keys to success.

Main features: Big, big boned, slow metabolism, easy winners.

Famous endomorphs: Jack Black, Queen Latifah, Cedric the Entertainer, Kirstie Alley.

THE MESOMORPH: “Meso” refers to the strong / muscular body type. People with this body type can consider themselves lucky. Basically, they are a combination of all the good traits of the ectomorphs and endomorphs without any of the negative traits. Unlike ectomorphs, they can easily gain muscle mass and, unlike endomorphs, they have no problem losing weight. Basically, they have the ideal muscular and athletic body type that ectomorphs and endomorphs envy.

Mesomorphs have well-built bodies with well-defined muscles and strong bones. They are broad in their pectoral regions and narrow in the abdominal regions.

Mesomorphs don’t need special routines to gain or lose weight. As long as they maintain a healthy lifestyle with a combination of weight training and cardio, they can achieve the body they want.

Main features: Strong body, well defined, muscular, with strong features.

Famous mesomorphs: Lebron James, Halle Berry, Anna Kournikova, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Most people do not strictly have one of these three body types, but rather a combination of two or all three. Your body type is determined by your genes and your goal in trying to determine your body type is to use that information to discover the best workout routines. You cannot change your genes, but you can change your body. All it takes is hard work, determination and discipline and then anything is possible. So get out there and make it happen!

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