What body type are you?

» Posted by on Aug 16, 2008 in Blog, Fitness | 0 comments

Mesomorph, Smesomorph. I know you’re probably thinking what the heck is that? but this post is meant to enlighten. Some of you (like me) may wonder why certain people can eat, eat, eat, and eat some more but never gain a pound…I’m hear to tell you my friend that part (actually a good bit) of the answer lies in this here post. The reason those people can eat like that and not gain a pound is simply genetics-their body type.

In the 1940s, William Sheldon, an American psychologist, developed a theory- constitutional psychology, which associated body types with human temperament. Sheldon then named the somatotypes after the 3 germ layers of embryonic development-endoderm, mesoderm, and ectoderm. From those names came endomorph, mesomorph, and ectomorph-the 3 different body types.

The Endomorph is a naturally round and soft body type. Tends to have the slowest metabolism of the three body types, therefore gain weight the quickest and easiest. Characterized by increased fat storage, a wide waist and a large bone structure. Gain muscle like mesomorph.

The Ectomorph is a naturally skinny (thin) body type. Tends to have a super fast metabolism, which gives them the ability to eat whatever they want, whenever they want, and pretty much never gain weight. Characterized by long and thin muscles/limbs and low fat storage; usually referred to as slim. Difficult for ectomorph to gain muscle.

The Mesomorph is the best of both ectomorph and endomorph worlds. They tend to have a fast metabolism like the ectomorph and tend to put on muscle like the endomorph.  The Mesomorph tend to be the prototypical athlete, fitness model, and bodybuilder. Characterized by large bones, solid torso, low fat levels, wide shoulders with a narrow waist.

With that said (and it was a lot), you CAN make any body type do what you want it to do if you’re willing to put in the time and effort. Don’t let genetics be an excuse!!

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