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A very useful aid to help you plan your diet plan and workout routine in order to ensure you get the results you want is body type. The human physique can be divided into 3 general body types. This method of classification is known as somatotyping and often used by personal trainers, nutritionists, sports scientists and other professionals. It helps you to understand you body better and guides you in setting goals. There are three body types known as ectomorph, mesomorph and endomorph body types. The ease with which these body types gain and loses weight varies.


 

Ectomorph

Ectomorphs are the body type that is the most resistant to weight gain due to a fast metabolism. In other words, ectomorphs are often able to overeat, while gaining little or even no weight. This body type is mainly characterised by it's lack of mass, i.e. ectomorphs tend to have little body fat, are only lightly muscled and have a small frame (and joints). Because the have little fat, bone and muscle, ectomorphs naturally weight less and would be at the lower end of the BMI scale. This lack of mass also means that female ectomorphs tend to have a more linear body shape.

Typical traits of an ectomorph:

+ Small, delicate frame and bone structure
+ Classic hardgainer
+ Flat chest
+ Small shoulders
+ Thin
+ Lean muscle mass
+ Finds it hard to gain weight
+ Fast metabolism

 

Mesomorph

Mesomorphs are characterised by their muscle mass. They are naturally muscular and gain muscle mass very easily. Mesomorphs gain fat relatively easily, but also lose weight easily. Mesomorphs tend to have a large to medium frame and joints. Mesomorphs have the quintessential athletic physique and can sport amazing muscle definition. Due to their muscularity and heavy frame, a healthily mesomorph will tend to be at the middle to upper end of the BMI scale.

Typical traits of an mesomorph:

+ Athletic
+ Hard body with well defined muscles
+ Rectangular shaped body
+ Strong
+ Gains muscle easily
+ Gains fat more easily than ectomorphs

 

Endomorph

Endomorphs are defined by their propensity to weight gain. Endomorphs gain fat incredibly easily, and even worse lose with the greatest difficulty. This combination means that endomorphs struggle to control their body fat percentage. Endomorphs tend to have a good amount of muscle mass, are incredibly curvaceous and have a medium frame and joints. In terms of BMI, healthy endomorphs would have a BMI around the middle of the BMI scale.

Typical traits of an endomorph:

+ Soft and round body
+ Gains muscle and fat very easily
+ Is generally stocky
+ Round physique
+ Finds it hard to lose fat
+ Slow metabolism

 

There can also be a blend of two of the above body types such as an Ecto-Meso, Meso-Ecto, Endo-Meso, and Meso-Endo. Below are traits of each.

 

Typical traits of an Ecto-Mesomorph:

+ Small, delicate frame and bone structure
+ Can build more muscle than a true hardgainer
+ Flat but defined chest
+ Medium shoulders
+ Lean muscle mass
+ Finds it hard to gain weight
+ Can have well built legs
+ Relatively fast metabolism

Typical traits of a Meso-Ectomorph:

+ Athletic
+ Hard body with defined muscles
+ Rectangular shaped body
+ Medium size frame
+ Average to good strength
+ Gains muscle somewhat easily
+ Gains fat more easily than ectos or ecto-mesos

Typical traits of an Endo-Mesomorph:

+ Soft and round body
+ Relatively broad shoulders
+ Gains muscle and fat very easily
+ Tend to have relatively defined chest
+ Is generally short and stocky
+ Round physique
+ Finds it hard to lose fat
+ Medium to slow metabolism

Typical traits of a Meso-Endomorph:

+ Athletic broad shoulders
+ Big muscles that are somewhat defined
+ Rectangular shaped body
+ Abdominal fat
+ Strong
+ Gains muscle easily
+ Gains fat more easily than mesomorphs

+ Carbohydrate sensitive (must keep low)


Sources:
http://www.doctorsexercise.com/journal/aerobic.htm
 
 

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