Little did you know that that there are three different body types - ectomorphs, endomorphs, and mesomorphs! This blog will explore the difference between the three. First, though, let’s discuss what we mean by body type.
Body types refer to the way our bodies are structured with regard to the distribution of fat and muscle. Lifestyle, eating, and training habits can certainly inform what category we fall into, but for the most part, we got what we got. Beyond what our bodies looks like, our body type can also be described by how we respond to metabolizing food in general and how well we tolerate carbs, in particular. As usual, this post is just as much a reflection in self-awareness and mindfulness as it is on nutrition. When we become aware of how our body responds internally (e.g., blood chemistry and concentration) and externally (e.g., body composition and performance) than we can begin to eat foods that our bodies want and need. More so, we can begin creating eating and living habits that are guided by mindful and informed decisions not simply by sugar cravings and circumstance.
Let’s get into eating for our body types-
Think Marathon runner. Small bones and thin limbs. These are the skinny guys and gals that seemingly can eat whatever they want and their metabolism goes to work. The end result is zero weight gain. Although these athletes have a predisposition to be lean that doesn’t necessarily mean that their bodies are healthy and ready for optimal performance. These individuals are sympathetically dominant and tend to have a lot of energy…always. Most ectomorphs respond well to carbs. Generally healthy, active ectomorphs can break their macronutrients down like this:
(Think high carbs low fat.)
This is the other side of the spectrum from ectomorphs. Endomorphs generally have a more round body shape. They store fat more easily have wider waists and larger bones, compared to the other body types. Naturally, they have a slower metabolic rate, a less engaged sympathetic nervous system, and less of a tolerance for carbohydrates. Generally, endomorphs have the goal of losing body fat, these body types can break their macronutrient down like this:
A useful strategy for endomorphs who are trying to lose abdominal fat is to time up the intake of their carbohydrates around their workout. Meaning, take in the majority (or in some cases all) of the carbs following the workout. They are likely to be predisposed to Absolute strength exercising- strongman or powerlifting athletes.
Think Bo Jackson or the Williams Sisters (Venus and Serena) These are the body types that are athletic and V-Shaped. Skinny waist, broad shoulders, muscular legs. Naturally, testosterone and growth hormone dominant, they have a moderate-high level of sympathetic activity. A Mesomorph typically would eat to maintain or build muscle to support athletic performance. They might break their macronutrient down like this
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