Though you’ve probably known it for a long time, it’s only been in recent years that doctors have realized that there are three very distinct body types. How your body responds to exercise and what you eat is determined in a big way by which body type you fall under.
Ectomorphs are tall and thin. They are not generally prone to gaining weight, no matter how much they eat. These are the type of people you will see doing ballet, being long distance runners, models, or playing basketball or volleyball.
Mesomorphs are characterized by a build that is more short in stature, but with muscle. They tend to have stocky arms and legs. They will gain weight easily, and will have more trouble losing weight (especially around the stomach). They will excel at sports like soccer or sprinting.
The final body type is endomorphs, who have probably gotten the toughest draw. Endomorphs will usually be soft and heavy, and will carry weight lower (around the hips, generally). They will have the toughest time losing weight, no matter how rigorous their diet or exercise program.
What should I eat for my body type?
You probably have a good idea of what your body type is now, so let’s talk about what you should be eating:
Ectomorphs: Since you’re one of the lucky few that does not easily put on weight, you’ll want to be bringing in plenty of healthy nutrients to offset the amount your body discards. One area that most ectomorphs are lacking in is healthy fats.
Eating plenty of healthy fats, as well as lean protein and whole grains will allow you to get all the nutrition you need to maintain your muscles and a healthy body weight. Look for foods like fish, nuts, olive oil, lean meats, and anything high in complex carbohydrates.
Shoot for your diet to consist of about 40% carbohydrates, 40% protein, and 20% healthy fats. You can track this easily using an online food tracker or app (there’s lots of free ones available).
Mesomorphs: Since you put on weight more easily, you’ll want a lower carb intake than many others. Following a low carb diet like Atkins would be a good option if you’re looking to lose weight. Aim for your diet to consist of about 20% carbs, 40% protein, and 40% fat.
It might sound tough at first, but with the popularity of low carb diets these days you should plenty of options. You’ll often have to substitute things like regular bread or tortillas for low carb alternatives, but the number available has grown tremendously so you should be able to find ones you like.
Endomorphs: Weight gain happens easily for you, so you’ll need to be the most careful. Go with a nutritious, balanced diet full of foods that are low in carbs and unhealthy fats. Eat more frequently, but in smaller portions. This will keep your metabolism humming and burning calories.
Do your best to avoid sugary treats and common junk foods, as your body unfortunately will try to absorb every last calorie of them. If your goal is weight loss, get plenty of protein from sources like fish or tuna. This will allow you eat at a caloric deficit without feeling hungry all the time.
Make sure to pin this in case you need a reminder of what to eat for your body type! 🙂