How annoying are those naturally super skinny people who eat junk all day and still look great. We’ve all known them, right? You see them in the restaurant eating a huge plate of pure cholesterol and never gaining weight, while we count the calories daily in our search for a six pack.
However, perhaps their most irritating character trait is that they feel the constant need to remind everyone around them of this fact. They love to proclaim, “I can eat whatever I want and not get fat.” Let’s be honest, we hate these people!
However, let’s not be too harsh on them, it is not their fault. It all depends on genetics, and it is vital that you have at least a basic understanding of this. Developing strong abs is a difficult goal, albeit highly achievable, but before lifting a single weight or drinking a single protein shake, it would make sense to establish what type of body you are.
There are three different body types and they differ greatly in size and shape, and perhaps most importantly in the speed of your metabolism. They are ectomorphs, mesomorphs, and endomorphs. For the record, the irritating super skinny guys are the ectomorphs. The ectomorph is naturally slim and has a super fast metabolism. This may seem like a perfect setting, but it is far from it.
The rapid metabolism of ectomorphs makes it incredibly difficult for them to gain weight and consequently to gain muscle mass. In order for an ectomorph to gain enough muscle mass to develop tight, lean, chiseled abs, it will need to eat a large amount. Therefore, it is vital that an ectomorph is aware of his need to significantly increase his caloric intake and of the role that supplements will play for him.
Ectomorphs will have to work incredibly hard in the gym to see real development in their abs. However, before we begin to feel sorry for them, we must look at those poor unfortunate souls, the endomorphs.
Endomorphs are the naturally fatty body type and tend to be very round in shape. They are the complete opposite of ectomorph in the sense that they only have to go through a pastry shop and they put on three pounds! This is due to the fact that they have the slowest metabolic rate and therefore gain weight quickly and easily.
However, the good news is that your metabolism is great for gaining muscle and strength, so tight and strong abs are definitely there for the taking. The only problem will be to remove the fat so you can really see them!
Finally we come to the mesomorph. They are the truly blessed and the luckiest of body types. The mesomorph has naturally broad shoulders and a slim waist, and they tend to be great natural bodybuilders and fitness models. Mesomorphs are maybe the ones we really should hate! While most of us are struggling to gain muscle definition or see tight abs, the mesomorph shows up at the gym, takes a quick look at the weight rack, and gets pumped straight away!
The fact is that the mesomorph gains muscle just like an endomorph and loses fat in addition to an ectomorph. I have been a bodybuilding enthusiast for over twenty years, I train four to five times a week and have seen good results. Twelve months ago I took my good friend Dave to the gym with me, he had never lifted a weight before in his life and, by his own admission, he was desperately handicapped.
Twelve months later, he has added great size and strength, has hugely impressive six pack abs, and is lined up to appear in his first senior fitness competition. Frankly, I don’t know why we’re still friends!
However, the great news is that while there is nothing you can do about your genetics, you are in full control of what you do with it. Developing lean and strong abs is possible for all body types, you just need to adapt your diet and training plan accordingly.
You can change your weight and you can certainly reduce your body fat percentage and the amount of muscle you have. Your body type is simply the blank canvas that you start with. You, and only you, decide what your body will become. Stay dedicated and focused and a lean, muscular physique with chiseled, chiseled abs will be yours regardless of your body type.
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