It’s clear as day to all of us, but that doesn’t mean we acknowledge it in the ways we should.
Our bodies are different yes; all with their own quirks and idiosyncrasies. Some people have no issues with dairy, others can’t tolerate even a hint of it; some of us have violent reactions to nut particles in the air, others of us love to smother nuts on our toast.
So if all that is true, why wouldn’t our workouts and diets be different too?
Back in the 1940s, a psychologist known as William Sheldon discovered different body type groups. There were three; brief details of each can be found below:
Endomorphs are the curvier, fuller figured body type. They tend to store more fat and can have slower metabolisms. For this reason, it’s best for endomorphs to eat diets that help them maximize their body composition; eating fewer carbs and focusing more on healthy fats and protein. In terms of workouts, endomorph body types are most likely to benefit from training which will help you target fat, such as HIIT or light cardio-weight training combinations.
The Ectomorph body type is the probably the closest to the polar opposite of the endomorph. Ectomorphs find it harder to gain weight and build muscle, so they’re able to get away with eating more carbs (but not that much more). For the best muscle growth, experts recommend training multiple areas at the same time through use of compound exercises, like chest presses.
Last but not least, the mesomorphs. These are the happy medium of both the other types. With more of an hourglass shape, these tend to lean more towards being slim and muscular. Neither gaining nor losing weight is difficult for this body type, but that doesn’t mean it’s a free for all. For this type, it’s best to aim for an even split: 1/3 carbs, 1/3 veg and fruit, 1/3 protein.
So why does this all matter?
Because one gym routine/diet/size etc. does NOT fit all, and that’s very important. Learning how you are different will stop you comparing your progress to others, falling for fads, and giving up hope.
Trust us, you can do this. Just do it your way.
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