Dilemma of the Endomorph
What a task it is to lose weight and burn stubborn body fat as an endomorph. For those who don’t know, an endomorph is basically the body type which is predisposed to storing body fat. As an endomorph myself, it is easy to put on weight, and muscle, to be fair. It’s the shedding of the excess bodyfat which is the challenge.
I personally love to lift weights. The challenge with lifting weights as an endomorph is that you build the muscle, most definitely, but it’s covered by a layer of fat, which never reveals the muscles in their entirety. The typical look for an endomorph is ‘bulky’. But really, we want to be cut. We’re the opposite of ectomorphs who have an extremely hard time of putting on muscle as they have a hyper-active metabolism. Whatever muscle they put on is most likely going to be used by their body as fuel, in addition to their fat storage.
Endomorphs on the otherhand, have an extremely slow metabolism. And apparently, our insulin sensitivity is quite high. Now, between the extremes of endomorph and ectomorph, lies the mesomorph, with their perfect metabolism. Their body’s functions are optimized: just the right balance between anabolism and catabolism. You could easily identify the mesomorph at the gym.
He’s the guy, or she’s the gal that doesn’t really need to work out. They don’t quite bust their asses on the treadmill or the stair machine, and get all hot and sweaty like the endomorphs, nor do they pump half as much iron to develop some mature muscle like the ectomorph. The mesomorph can do good on any diet. They can easily bulk up on a high calorie diet, or get shredded on a low calorie diet.
In hindsight, it’s glaringly obvious that the bodybuilding and fitness magazines are only focused on the mesomorph, as endomorphs and ectomorphs try the recommended diets and various supplements only to get bloated, a leaky gut, a acne or some other side effect. Hmm, it seems someone isn’t telling us the complete truth. I’m suspicious that to keep the sales of these popular magazines (i’m not going to mention any names) going, the consumers need to be in a perpetual state of confusion. One month, a high carb diet is good, (omitting crucial body-type information), another month, low-carb, high protein, with the glaring omission of body type.
I finally broke away from this subscription-based brainwashing. I decided to go experiment. I tried various diets, various exercise regimes, various supplements and I’m in the process of building a list of what works for my endomorph body type.
You see, the media is so powerful. They have mastered the art of brainwashing en-masse. It’s no wonder we are so easily swayed. We do have a major part to play ourselves, as I am not going to blame the media and society. But another great contributor is the instant gratification mentality which is being bombarded into our brains, and our psyches.
We’ve gotten so accustomed to the aggressive tastes of fast food that we don’t know how to appreciate natural flavors like that of raw salad, and fresh fruit and veggies.
What might that have to do with body type? Well, quite a lot. Heavily refined grain, processed food, artificial sweeteners (including cornstarch) and heavily fried foods are the enemy of all body types, primarily endomorphs, since the metabolism of an endomorph is quite slow.
Stay tuned as I will be making some food recommendations based on personal experience, for the endomorph body type. I will also be making the connection between blood-type and body type, and the benefits, (or lack thereof) of grain in one’s diet, especially wheat, and the exercise routines/regimes I find really ideal for the endomorph body type.