The Three Body Types
For sustainable long-term weight loss, the best approach is to figure out your body type and choose your diet accordingly. There are three main body types.
- Ectomorphs — Featuring small bone structures, ectomorphs tend to be “naturally” thin with fast metabolisms. They also tend to have small chests and buttocks, with a straight, almost ruler-like shape. They may be hyperactive and sometimes have difficulty gaining weight or muscle mass. Think Calista Flockhart, Kate Moss, Audrey Hepburn, or Matthew McConaughey.
- Mesomorphs — Boasting a medium bone structure, mesomorphs tend to be athletic and lean. They also tend to have higher levels of testosterone and growth hormones, which allow them to develop muscle easily.
Male mesomorphs tend to be wider at the shoulders than the hips, and women often have an hourglass shape. Famous people with mesomorphic qualities include Angela Bassett, Madonna, George Clooney, and Bruce Willis.
- Endomorphs — The total opposite of ectomorphs, endomorphs have a larger frame with a soft and curvy body. They tend to be pear-shaped, with wider hips than shoulders. Since they have sluggish metabolisms, they need to work hard to lose extra fat they gain. On the other hand, they boast some serious muscle when they get control of their physique. Some examples of celebrities with endomorph bodies are Roseanne Barr and Jonah Hill, but also curvy frames like Marilyn Monroe and J Lo, and last but not least – athletes such as most NFL linemen.
Keep in mind these body types may have some overlap, and they can be confused with each other. For instance, an endomorph who has spent a lot of time weightlifting and working out may look like a naturally muscular mesomorph.
Similarly, if an ectomorph has a very sedentary lifestyle, they can put on weight and end up looking like an endomorph. Often, you can tell the difference because ectomorphs tend to have relatively thin limbs, even if they have put weight on around the middle of their bodies.