What Body Type Are You?

There are three general categories of body types (for both men and women):-

 

Body Type

Many people believe that the body type just describes the way a person looks. However this is not the case; it also provides important information about how you response to food intake and your hormonal and sympathetic nervous system. These play an important role in how you respond to diet and training.

Even though there are three body types some people will rarely fall into just one category. For example some people may fall into the ecto/meso morph category. Some may fall into the meso/endo morph category.

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Ectomorph Traits:-

Small body frame

Small shoulders, chest and buttocks

Thin

Lean Muscle mass

Finds to hard to gain weight/muscle

Fast and efficient metabolism

Mesomorph Traits:-

Naturally lean

Well defined muscles

Rectangular shaped body

Naturally strong

Gains muscle easily

Losing fat is easy

Endomorph Traits:-

Soft round body

Gains muscle and fat easily

Is generally short/stocky build

Round physique

Finds to hard to lose fat

Slow metabolic rate/lose weight slowly

Nutrition Guidelines for Body Type:-

Ectomorph:-

This group generally does best with more carbohydrates in the diet, along with a moderate protein and lower fat intake. A nutrient distribution for this body type might be around 55% carbohydrates, 25% protein and 20% fat. Don’t worry if this sounds confusing you can also use your hands as a guide like I described in last month’s blog: ‘The Secret to Portion Control is in Your Hands.’

Nutrient distribution using your hands:-

Ectomorph Men:-

2 palms of protein dense food at each meal

2 fists of vegetables at each meal

3 cupped handfuls of carb dense foods at each meal

1 thumb of fat dense foods at each meal

Ectomorph men

Ectomorph women:-

1 palm of protein dense food at each meal

1 fist of vegetables at each meal

2 cupped handfuls of carb dense foods at each meal

0.5 thumb of fat dense foods at each meal

Ecto women

Mesomorph:-

This group typically does well on a mixed diet, consisting of balanced carbohydrates, protein and fats. A nutrient breakdown for this body type might be; 40 % carbohydrates, 30% protein and 30% fat.

Nutrient distribution using your hands:-

Mesomorph men:-

2 palms of protein dense foods at each meal

2 fists of vegetables at each meal

2 cupped handfuls of carbs at each meal

2 thumb of fat dense foods at each meal

Meso men

Mesomorph women:-

1 palm of protein dense food at each meal

1 fist of vegetable at each meal

1 cupped handful of carbs at each meal

1 thumb of fat dense food at each meal

Meso women

Endomorph:-

This group typically do well following a higher fat and protein intake with carbohydrate intake being controlled and properly timed (for example eating after you have worked out). A nutrient breakdown for this body type might be around 25% carbohydrates, 35% protein and 40% fat.

Nutrient distribution using your hands:-

Endomorph men:-

2 palms of protein dense foods at each meal

2 fists of vegetables at each meal

1 cupped handful of carbs at each meal

3 thumbs of fat dense food at each meal

Endo men

Endomorph women:-

1 palm of protein dense food at each meal

1 fist of vegetables at each meal

0.5 cupped handful of carbs at each meal

2 thumbs of fat dense food at each meal

Endo women

Changing Your Body Type

So now you have figured out or managed to gain an idea what body type you are it does not mean that you will always be the same one! Through hard work and determination you are able to change it!

So what are you waiting for?

Check out the SUCCESS STORIES of people who had made a change!