Which body type are you?
As we all know not everyone has the same body type. Some are thin and light, some are thick and heavy, and some are just straight muscular with the physical appearance we wish to acquire. That is what most of us know. It’s common to think that it is almost impossible for one body to look like another because many of us have tried. We’ve watched the YouTube videos; we’ve read the forums online; we’ve read all the magazines. We’ve taken others lifestyles and incorporated them into our own with the hopeful intent to get the same results. Only to find that we still we have yet to see our ideal self-image in the mirror. But why? Why are these models we see so incapably perfect? Luckily, I’m here to tell you that you no longer have to wonder, “Why?”
There are a total of 3 different body types known as the 3 Somatotypes. Yep, that’s it. Just 3. And believe it or not, there are scientific terms for all of these body types as well as reasoning. And no, the names, “fat,” “skinny,” and “buff” are not the scientific terms. They are; Ectomorph, Endomorph, and Mesomorph. Whichever somatotype a human being may be, is determined solely on genetics. One type cannot simply become another. With proper diet and exercise, one can sculpt their body to the best of its abilities but it does not change the natural body type that they are. This is not decided by your parents, nor your eating habits. Don’t misconstrue the fact that eating habits have a very important role in physical health as well as appearance however the only control you have is how you look in the body that you have.
“So what body type am I? And what does that mean?”
First we’ll start with the somatotype referred to as an, Ectomorph. An Ectomorph typically has a small body frame with thin-long limbs. The small frame they acquire does not imply lack of height in any way. With a very fast producing metabolism, the ectomorph has trouble gaining weight no matter the diet he/she is on. When the metabolism slows down or the individual starts to gain weight, their personal body type will not change. They will still be an ectomorph but will considered overweight or in good shape depending on the adjustments they have accordingly made to their body.
Next comes the Endomorph. The endomorph is a more common body type in today’s society. These individuals tend to have what is referred to as a, “globular,” shape. With a sort of rounded abdomen, rounded head, slower metabolism, short limbs, and large internal organs, they naturally store more body fat than the ectomorph but that does not simply make them a fat person. If the endomorph is starved, their category remains the same, they just become a thinner version.
The last Somatotype is the Mesomorph. One is categorized as a mesomorph if the muscular development in the body comes more natural than that of an ecto/endomorph. With a large square head, broad shoulders and chest, heavily muscular arms and legs and a large heart, the mesomorph develops muscle much easier than any other type. This does not include the amount of exercise one may incorporate.
Everyone can be categorized in these somatotype body types. Now that you know which one you are, you should feel a sense of relief knowing whichever you fall into, you’re not alone. Don’t let this demotivate you or anyone into thinking that just because you’re one body type that means you can’t look like another. This is simply not true. For instance, if an overweight endomorph strives to look like a muscular mesomorph, this is indeed attainable. Although the steps to acquire that goal may be different than each other and the final outcome may not be exact, diet exercise and hard work can prove to play a large role in keeping anyone in good shape regardless of their genetics.
I hope this helped anyone who seems to be “walking in place” when it comes to finding, or making improvements with their bodies. Check in again on our upcoming blogs to find out the right nutrition plans to follow in order to reach your fitness goals based on your individual body type.