A popular system of classifying body build is the use of body types. Used by personal trainers, body builders and many fitness professionals, body types makes transforming your body into the best it can be easier. There are three different body types: endomorphs, mesomorphs and ectomorphs. The mesomorph body type is athletic and muscular, while the ectomorph body type is lightly muscled and has relatively little body fat. That brings us to endomorphs who struggle to control their body fat percentage, as they have a natural propensity to gain weight, coupled with great difficulty with losing weight.
The hardest thing is finding out that you are an endomorph. Until you know that, you are left frustrated and wondering why your friends, who live on junk food and barely move, manage to stay lean, whilst you gain a couple of pounds by merely thinking about a cupcake. You are an endomorph. That means you must stop comparing yourself with ectomorphs who have a naturally fast metabolism and seem incapable of weight gain and mesomorphs who are naturally athletic and excel in almost any sport. Being an endomorph doesn’t mean you can’t look good – you can look incredible – it just means that you have to try harder, work longer and be more determined than any of the other body types.
Endomorphs have different needs than the ectomorph or mesomorph body types. Endomorphs must implement a weight loss strategy that employs both nutrition and exercise. While the other body types can get away with dieting alone to lose weight, endomorphs simply can’t. Endomorphs struggle to control their weight in part due to a sluggish metabolism, by restricting your calories you slow your metabolism down even further. However, exercise increases metabolism and it is imperative that endomorphs exercise almost daily. Without exercise you will struggle to lose weight and without exercise, you will almost certainly pile the pounds back on as soon as you stop dieting. Endomorphs should aim to exercise 5 – 6 days per week for 40 minutes or more. If you have been inactive start slowly and build up your stamina and strength, especially is you are jogging or running, as this is a high impact exercise. A great way to burn a lot of calories, particularly for endomorphs, is the elliptical machine. The elliptical machine is very low impact and means that you can exercise as hard as if you were running/ jogging, but without the stress that pounding the pavement or treadmill puts on your body.
Endomorphs are dieting experts. You’ve probably tried every diet there is and found that nothing has worked. However, endomorphs need to be careful when choosing a weight loss diet. Endomorphs tend to be carbohydrate sensitive, which means you’ll do better by cutting your carb intake and cutting out refined carbs (e.g. sugar, white flour, white bread, white pasta, white rice) entirely from your diet. Building your diet around lean protein and vegetables is ideal for endomorphs, as are these foods are relatively low in calories, but provide essential nutrients and are very filling.