Most of the health and weight loss advice you hear about on tv, or from your friends is usually generalized, and may not be helpful for your specific body type. While people of different shapes who participate in a healthy Paleo diet may experience similar results, you shouldn't ignore that each individual has a unique set of needs. T
hats why learning your body type so you are better able to understand it can help you tweak a few key details in your life, and have you reaching your goals before you know it...
1. The endomorph
Endomorphs tend to have a more broad and stalky body type, and although they are strong, they unfortunately store a large amount of fat along with those muscles. Some of the major characteristics endomorphs possess are a large bone structure, a thick rib cage, more of a blocky build, short, thick arms and legs, along with wider hips and joints.
You also build muscle more easily compared to the other body types, however, the same goes for fat, and you often times struggle with getting rid of unwanted fat.
If you fit in the category of the endomorph, you can pack on muscle easily with a good strength training regiment, but if you don't pay attention to your diet you may not like what comes along with those muscles. Since your body type usually retains more subcutaneous fat, try avoiding insulin spiking foods such as sugar and carbohydrates, and focus on eating good quality animal protein, healthy fats, and produce.
Additionally, cardio is the key to getting rid of all your unwanted fat, so be sure to incorporate a proper amount of it with your strength training.
2. The mesomorph
The mesomorph has a classic athletic physique, they're on the leaner side, but they are quite muscular and well proportioned. Some identifying qualities of the mesomorph body type include a narrow waist, slightly thinner joints, long, roundly shaped muscles, a medium sized frame. Plus you have a very quick response to strength training.
When it comes to health and fitness, as a mesomorph, you don't really have a lot to worry about. Whether you're trying to shed off some extra pounds, or build muscle, with a well balanced diet either one could be a breeze.
If you're able to eat plenty of protein, vegetables, and healthy fats, keep your carb intake moderate, and take a balanced approach to cardio and strength training, your lean, strong body should stay well maintained.
3. The ectomorph
If you were to imagine the body of an Olympic marathon runner, or an NBA basketball player, you would be picturing an ectomorph. To see if you fit the picture, some of the distinguishing characteristics would be a thin build, long limbs, small joints, narrow hips, and a small muscle mass.
Additionally, they have an incredibly fast metabolism, but unfortunately, a difficulty gaining muscle and fat. If you are someone in this category, you are probably trying to gain weight, which makes your perfect fitness plan a little bit different than the others.
One of your biggest challenges is going to be getting enough calories, so be mindful to compensate for your incredibly efficient metabolism, especially if you are trying to build muscle.
You can eat carbohydrates with little risk of weight gain, along with nuts, olives, and avocados without packing on the extra fat. So be sure to eat plenty of those foods because they will give you the energy you need to power through those hard workouts.