Body type is basically a simple term in the fitness world which complies that with knowing about oneself structure of the body and on that basis of body types moving ahead to achieve their fitness goals. In simple words, it means knowing about your health and physique. Knowing how to properly nourish and care for your specific body type provides a greater sense of fulfillment; you will be able to accomplish your goals much more naturally, working with your body type instead of against it. Each body type is motivated by different factors. An important key to successfully relating to others is the understanding that we all think differently and have distinguishing motivators.
Benefits of Knowing Your Body Type
There are 3 types of body types.
Ectomorph: Thin, long, and lanky. You have a smaller bone structure with shoulders that tend to be narrower than your hips. Over the years, you may also notice you have trouble gaining weight. The dietary specifics for the ectomorph body type include:
(a) Packing the menu with nutrient-rich foods, and not simply feeding on less nutritious foods to fuel your fast metabolism.
(b) Shooting for a high-protein approach. This macronutrient is essential for everyone but is especially helpful for ectomorphs to maintain or bolster muscle mass.
(c) Aiming for an energy imbalance of more calories eaten than burned if weight gain is the goal. Use these extra calories on beneficial fats, lean proteins, and nutrient-rich options.
Mesomorph: You’re more muscle-dominant with an hourglass figure and medium frame. A mesomorph should target a diet that:
(a) Focuses on proper calorie balance. They can turn the calories dial to add weight or lose it.
(b) Promotes nutrition through a focus on fruits and vegetables. Fitness goals need to be supported by quality nutrition. It’s no different for mesomorphs, and nutritious plant foods are vital.
Endomorph: You have more body fat. Women who are endomorphs may be described as curvaceous, while men may be called stocky. You tend to carry weight in your belly, hips, and thighs. Diet suggestions for endomorphs include:
(a) Watching refined and simple carbohydrate intake (especially sugar).
(b) Turning to lean proteins to fill up and fuel muscle growth.
(c) Keeping a watchful eye on calories in vs. calories out.
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