Each one of us has a certain body type. Our diets, exercise, and fitness goals all depend on what our body type is. Knowing our body type often helps with setting realistic goals because you know your body well. Apart from that, my suggestion is not to dwell on it too much and ensure you have an appropriate fitness regime to meet your goals. With consistency, you can beat genetics to some extent.
Having said that, let’s get into how can you determine your body type.
The human body has 3 main body types:
1. Ectomorph – No matter how much these people eat, they find it hard to gain weight. They are extremely thin, underweight, not very muscular, and have long limbs. It’s true that they have a very fast metabolism, but this does not mean that they are always healthy. These people could suffer from being skinny fat, which means they could accumulate fat not on the outside but on the inside over their organs.
2. Mesomorph – Generally looks like a well balanced and fairly athletic body type. These people can make great athletes and with a regimented fitness routine see desired improvements in their body a lot quicker than others.
3. Endomorph – These people have a large figure and a tendency to gain weight quickly. They have a slower metabolism and fuller body shape. Normally short and stout. Now, this does not mean they can’t be healthy. It just means they have to work harder than a Mesomorph to become fit and stay there.
Normally people might fall into one of these categories or actually be a mix of any two. It is important to consider your body type when talking about ideal weight. Training strategies for all three body types will be slightly different.
Most people trying to lose weight are Endomorphs or Meso-Endo type people, while most people trying to gain weight are Ectomorphs (leaving athletes aside). However, there’s one thing common in all these people, they all have to exercise and eat healthy to stay fit and that’s where our focus should be throughout our life no matter our genetics.