What Kind of Morph are You? A Look into Body Types
Ever notice how some people seem to be able to gain muscle without doing much? Maybe you have a friend that can eat french fries and pasta and never gain weight. It turns out that body types are a mix of 3 main shapes: endomorphs, ectomorphs, and mesomorphs. Each body type stores fat and builds muscle at different rates. Generally, one type is more dominant in a person. Exercising and eating based on these groups can help you reach your fitness goals faster.
People who are predominantly this body type usually have a higher body fat content, are pear-shaped, and find it difficult to lose weight. When endomorphs eat carbohydrates, their body tends to store it as fat instead of burning it for energy. This doesn’t mean that endomorphs need to avoid all carbohydrates. Instead, people with this body shape should eat more natural, high-fiber carbohydrates such as quinoa and root vegetables. For workouts, endomorphs should focus on intense cardio training in order to decrease their overall body fat percentage. Weight training should also be on the agenda as this will help burn more fat, even when the person isn’t exercising.
Ectomorph people are those lean, skinny people who eat a lot, but never seem to gain weight. Their metabolism runs high and pretty much everything they eat turns into energy. Because ectomorphs have a hard time building muscle, they tend to accumulate more body fat as they age. About 50% of their diet should consist of carbohydrates so they have a constant supply of available sugar to burn. Weight training is extremely important as well for ectomorphs. These types of bodies need to make sure to eat both before and after their workouts.
Many muscular, bulky athletes, like boxers, have mesomorph-dominant body types. They tend to gain muscle quickly. Consistent cardio workouts are necessary to keep mesomorphs lean. People with this type of physique find themselves able to gain muscle by doing just a bit of weight training. Mesomorph-dominant types should eat a diet that is evenly split between carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. To prevent weight gain and to stay lean, mesomorphs should avoid refined sugar and stick to lean proteins and carbohydrates with lots of fiber.
Remember that your body is most likely a mix of these three main body types. To get the most out of your workouts, you’ll need to tweak your routine to fit your caloric and nutritional needs. Starting out with a trainer and nutritionist is a good idea. But if you don’t want to spend the money for these professional services, you can always start with a basic workout/diet plan and change it up as you see fit.