In our society today various individuals are struggling with their unique differences, it’s quite hard to fit into an environment that views a particular way as normal. This most times creates an avenue for individuals to downgrade other individuals who do not fit into their perceived ideal. They do not accept what they do not understand and then discriminate.
Both men and women suffer societal discrimination, its either they are too fat or too slim to fit in. This can affect the mental health of these individuals which in turn makes them resent their own bodies. Many people have now been subjected to taking pills or supplements, trying to exercise and even try to eat the right foods. Not that any of this is bad, for some, it works perfectly while others find it difficult. However, it is important to know and understand your body type, so efforts made would not be wasted.
Knowing and understanding your body type plays a major role in your daily life. It affects how you lose or gain weight, your choice of clothing, it also helps you understand how to maintain a healthy lifestyle that is best for you.
What are the different body types?
- The Ectomorph body type
Would you describe yourself as long and lean? Is it difficult for you to put on muscle mass? Do you have a delicate frame? Tend to have a fast metabolism? If you said, “yes” to any of these questions, then you most likely have an ectomorph body type.
- The Mesomorph body type
Would you say you are not too fat and not too lean? Do you eat a varied and balanced clean diet, but feel frustrated about not attaining your physique goals? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you might be eating and training for a body type other than your own. To reach your fitness goals, it’s best to start with the basics and to know your body type.
- The Endomorph body type
Do you have a wide body frame? A slow metabolism? Do you find it difficult to stay lean? The endomorph is the hardest body type to have in terms of managing your weight and overall fitness, but to get a more balanced physique, you should focus on developing your shoulders and stripping away excess fat from your lower body.
What’s the best way to train for my body type?
Only you can say what your goals should be. Many great bodybuilders started as either rail-thin ectomorphs or endomorphs who struggled with their weight. They learned to overcome their natural tendencies and take control of their life, and so can you!
That being said, you may very well find that you have the most success if you use your body type to your advantage.
Ectomorph: Eat a lot of protein and carbs, don’t overdo aerobic activities. Just because you’re thin doesn’t mean you’re healthy, so still take your diet and fitness seriously!
Mesomorph: Lift moderate weight regularly, and engage in aerobic activities regularly. Don’t worry about getting “bulky,” but watch out for creeping fat gains. You’re not invincible to them!
Endomorph: You may benefit from lifting moderate weights and maintaining a relatively fast training pace.
Can You Be a Combination of Two Body Types?
When it comes to these three different body types, there is no one-size-fits-all. You can be a combination of two, sharing characteristics from both. Hopefully, this post has given you the information you can use to help identify your body type or see if you share traits from two. This way, you will be able to adjust your diet and training regime accordingly to optimize results.
Learning to understand your body type would keep the anxiety away and help you to maintain a healthy lifestyle.