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Endomorph Body Type

Endomorph body typeEndomorphs have a soft, curvy and round physique and display the opposite characteristics from ectomorphs. They have a sluggish metabolism, gain weight easily and have to work hard to lose body fat. Endomorphs often have a larger frame and tend to have wider hips than shoulders, creating a pear-shaped physique. Some of the sexiest and most beautiful singers and actresses are endomorphs. Similarly, many of the actors and action heroes on the silver screen are endomorphs.


  • Smooth, round body
  • Medium/ large joints/ bones
  • Small shoulders
  • Short limbs
  • High levels of body fat (may be overweight)
  • Body fat tends to settle in lower regions of body, mainly lower abdomen, butt, hips, and thighs (rather than being distributed evenly throughout body)
  • Pear-shaped physique
  • Can gain muscle easily, but tends to be underdeveloped
  • Difficult to keep lost body fat off
  • Lose weight slowly
  • Have to work hard to lose weight
  • Slow metabolic rate
  • Attacks of tiredness/ fatigue
  • Fall asleep easily


MALE examples of endomorphic actors include:

  • Rusell Crowe
  • John Goodman
  • Jack Black
  • Robin Williams
  • Danny DeVito

FEMALE examples of endomorphic singers and actresses include:

  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Beyonce
  • Shakira
  • Sofia Vergara
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Sophia Loren
  • Rosanne
  • Queen Latifah
  • Kate Winslet
  • Minnie Driver
  • Sophie Dahl

Click here for images of some fellow endomorphs.


There is no way round this issue. Endomorphs will have a harder time losing weight. But lets be clear. No one is saying that endomorphs CAN’T lose weight, but that they will have to work harder to lose the weight. Endomorphs do not have to be overweight. They simply require more determination than perhaps a mesomorph would, to achieve the same goal. Endomorphs have to train hard and must eat healthily most of the time. Endomorphs gain fat quickly when eating the wrong types of foods because their metabolism can be unforgiving. They also find it difficult to lose weight through diet alone.

The good news is that endomorph women are often thought of as voluptuous and sensual because they go in at the waist, have large rounded breasts and have womanly curves in all the right places – when in shape, their curves create an allure likened to that of Jennifer Lopez, Sophia Loren and other celebrated and famous bodies. Some of the most beautiful women in show business today are endomorphs. In shape the female endomorph is unrivaled – toned and fit whilst being soft, sensuous and alluring. It’s a wonderful paradox only the female endomorph can fully achieve. And lets be clear, if you are a female endomorph trying to look like your polar opposite – an ectomorph (e.g. Kate Moss) – a body type that possesses little fat, little muscle and a small frame, producing a linear, narrow body shape. If you do manage to lose a lot weight (fat and muscle!) to somewhat resemble an ectomorph, it will never look as good on you as it will look on her. For her it is a natural state and she looks (and is) healthy, but you have beaten your body into submission, forcing your body to be >something it is not and you will most likely look (and feel and be) gaunt, ill and tired, instead of radiant and glowing. It just doesn’t work. Your goal should be to transform your body into the best it can be, not to reconstruct it into someone else’s body. You can be incredibly slim, lean and toned. You can even be petite. But you can’t be an ectomorph. Read more here about how much you can change yout body type.

Male mesomorphs tend not to wish for an ectomorphic body, but a mesomorphic one. Most male endomorphs will find this entirely possible (with hard work!). Russell Crowe is an endomorph who when in shape looks like an awesome mesomorph. Let him be your example of what can be achieved through training and what happens when you stop training and eating clean.


Along with carefully monitoring their fat intake, endomorphs should combine an intense cardio regime along with a moderate weight-training program to see maximum results for their efforts. Endomorphs should avoid crash dieting. This will only slow down – your already sluggish – metabolism further and make your body cling to its fat reserves harder.

Though metabolic rate may be determined by genetics, through training and nutrition, endomorphs can speed things up. Catch is: Food is not consumed according to how you feel, but what works best for you. No cheating allowed. Training is not negotiable. You must do it regularly and frequently, whether you feel like it or not. For the endomorph to achieve their dream body, they must follow their program with military precision. Endomorphs tend to do well on low-carb diets as many endomorphs are carbohydrate sensitive. No junk foods. No vegging out. This means you have to find a way to adopt these changes and turn it into a lifestyle that suits you that you can maintain and enjoy. You’d better learn to enjoy it, if you want to achieve and keep that lean body!

If you want to tailor your exercise and nutritional program to your body type, Tom Venuto’s take on weight loss is worth investigating. Tom’s comprehensive weight loss guide “Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle” (BFFM for short) tackles body types and allows you to adapt your weight loss program to your body type. The endomorph body type is examined in-depth, metabolism is discussed and solutions are offered. Tom explains:

  1. How eating incorrectly for your body type can leave your body starved for calories, triggering a switch into “fat storage mode” – exactly what you DON’T want.
  2. That no matter how perfectly you follow a diet, if it’s not right for your body type, you will not burn fat.
  3. Why a diet that works for your friend, might not necessarily work for you. Why other people can cheat on their diet and still lose weight, while you stick to your diet but still have seen virtually no results.

In BFFM, macronutrient ratios, food types, calorie requirements, resistance training and cardiovascular exercise strategies are tailored to the endomorph body type, with the goal of transforming the flabby endomorph physique into one that is lean, slim and toned. Tom Venuto has this to say about endomorphs:

“… Burn The Fat is not one diet because one size does not fit all. It’s three diets, each one designed to suit the goals and body type of each individual. “

He goes on to say that:

“… BFFM, is one of the few programs that devotes attention to metabolic individuality and body typing for maximum results. In particular, you’ll want to look at chapter 5 of BFFM, titled, Metabolic Individuality and Your Body type: Doing Your Best With What You’ve Got .I know many people get frustrated with their less than optimal genetics, but I guarantee you, genetics are not a reason that you don’t reach your goals. You only fall short of your goals if you fail to adjust your program according to your genetics.”

To find out more, click here.


  1. Wow, I never thought I’d find an article like this… completely explains some things I’ve been trying to overcome in my training. Been trying to shift some weight for a while now and this brings a new perspective on things I’ve come to learn first-hand.

    Also makes me feel so much more normal – always said I liked my shape, just need to be a smaller version, so it looks like I have the right type of goal in mind. Reassuring and encouraging :-)

  2. wow! this is amazing. i honestly did not know about body types like this until now. my goal was to be really slim and slender like kate moss but this made me realize it may not be possible so im going to accept what my body type is and work hard to get healthy not skinny thank you very much

  3. I think this website is GREAT!! It makes you feel better about yourself and then you know more about your body!!!! I love this site!!

  4. I just discovered that I am an endomorph via this site and I will honestly say that I’m quite bummed about it. I have always fought with feeling overweight no matter what I do, not knowing that it was my body type to blame.

    Glad to know there are 3 body types and know what I am, but why?

    • Hi Mariah,
      I know being an endomorph can be a battle, but if you look at the glass half full, there is a lot to be positive about. Yes, endomorphs have to work hard to lose weight and to keep weight off, but personally I think no one can rival an in shape endomorph. Female endomorphs are soft and curvaceous, and the height of femininity (see images of women with endomorphic traits here). Every body type has it’s advantages and disadvantages. The main thing for endomorphs is to sort out their diet and to incorporate exercise wherever they can – even walking can make a huge difference.

      • Dear person writing this website,

        Know that not everyone thinks “soft and curvaceous” or “the height of femininity” is something good or desirable. I don’t want to look like that, and if that means being unhealthy, then I’ll be unhealthy. But I won’t allow my body to be round or soft or feminine.

        • I’m sorry you feel that way. I think there’s nothing more important than our health. When you have it, it’s very easy to take it for granted. I hope you come to realize that nothing is worth sacrificing your health for, if only for the simple reason that you wont be able to enjoy life (at all or as much as you should have) without your health. Being unhealthy doesn’t just affect you physically, it changes you mentally. The glory and wonder of life, of living, dims. The world becomes a grayer, tougher place. Don’t risk losing everything, for just one thing. Sometimes the damage we do to our bodies can’t be undone. The aim of this website is to show that we come in all shapes and sizes. And that they are all beautiful, never more so than when we are fit and healthy.

    • Me too Mariah why can’t I be an ectomorph

  5. what if you don’t quite fit the bill for any of the three types? I definitely have an endomorph figure, but losing weight is not all that hard if I eat well and exercise a little. I can cheat on a diet and skip working out and still lose. I wouldn’t say it’s ‘easy’ to lose but it is easy to not gain. My body fat has always been spread pretty evenly, to the point that people cannot believe how much I actually weigh, even at the doctors office. They always think I weigh less. I’m thinking I still fall into endomorph category?

    • Hi Eva,
      Most people are actually a combination of body types. A lot of people are dominant in 2 body types, but some people are balanced. That is they’re a pretty even combination of all three. Body types tends to be most helpful to people who are dominant in a body type. For example, people who have mostly endomorphic traits struggle with weight gain and tend to have a sluggish metabolism, ectomorphs often want to gain some weight/ muscle and female mesomorphs may feel they are too bulky and may want to lose some inches. In that case understanding body types can help you plan a workout/ diet that takes these objectives into consideration. But if you’re mostly a combination of all 3 body types, it’s likely that most diets/ workouts will work for you.

  6. That’s not fair :((((( I want to be thin too

    • Hi Anna! The main thing is to be healthy! Endomorphs can have a slim, toned and firm body, but in a different way than an ectomorph! I know a lot of girls want to be skinny like an ectomorph, but a lot of ectomorphic girls also wish they were more curvy and feminine. You can’t have it all! Embrace what you’ve got and make it the best it can be! :)

  7. Hey all :) I’m 5’6, weigh 73kg and my measurements are 39-32-39. Would I be classed as an endomorph and what diet and excercise plan can I do to lose a little weight? I’m coeliac so I already have a very restricted diet and I’m not sure where to start. Thanks for reading!

  8. Prince Tikouoka

    i could never think that my type of body was so disadvantageous i always want to be slim
    i work hard not to eat too much but then i discover that it is useless

    • Hey Prince,
      Your body type isn’t disadvantageous, and you can be slim. It’s just a matter of understanding of how your body best responds to diet and exercise. Endomorphs tend to do better on a diet of lean protein and complex carbs, coupled with regular exercise.

    • Ugh, I was wondering why when I was eating so well for two months and I didn’t lose much weight. I have a new job now where I am sitting at a desk for 10 hours so now it’s even more harder to lose weight. I have lost alot of weight in my 20’s just by running 5-8 miles a day but I just don’t have time for that anymore with a 2 year old too. I get home from work at 7 or 8pm, so how can I get cardio in at 9pm when I have to sleep by 10pm to get up for work at 5:45am. How do people do it? It’s just a friggin’ struggle and I’m sick of it. I need a personal trainer/nutritionist/maid lol to give me exactly what I need to eat because I always feel hungry trying to eat right. Then I have low iron, so sometimes I think I am hungry but it’s just that and end up eating a big breakfast. Or if I try to drink a smoothie for breakfast, I still feel hungry and end up eating eggs and sausage, thus messing up my efforts. UGH, I just want to scream.

  9. It’s great to find a website like this!

  10. I’m grateful to find such a great website with such great info but totally disheartened at the same time haha. Guess it’s something I have always known but I’ve been working hard for a long time and now I find my body is a “fat retainer” ugh…I think I am going to find a gorgeous pic of Kate Winslet or shakira and post it as a reminder and the correct motivation.

    • I’m pretty sure I’m an endomorph but I’m super flat chested … But I guess I am because this morning I weighed 113 and now I weigh 116 and last week I weighed 109

  11. I am grateful to get this website, since I always knew that my body was a fat retainer, I carry all my weight on top and tend to also carry it in my middle can some one help me please? I am very unhappy with how I look.

  12. Hiii im Leanne…..and im a Endomoph :) atleast im sexyyyy!!! haha I just cant fit my cheerleading out fit just yet…..I need to loose a lil more:( im not fat or anything like that its just my thighs…..Well…..Maybe…It wouldn’t hurt to just go up a size or two on the hips!!!Lmao!!

  13. LIFE IS NOT FAIR :( This explains why I have lost only one pound after two weeks eating healthy and less than 1000 calories and working out 30 minutes every day :( I’m 1,55 cm and I weight 49 kg. But I’m not giving up, my fat thighs will dissapear i swear.

  14. I get it’s important to be healthy, but I feel defeated knowing I can’t even be skinny and pretty. Guess I can cross bikini season off my list of life goals, even at 23 next year.

  15. I’m and endnmoph, I have tried lots. This makes sense to me. In the last 2 weeks I have lost 7 llbs, by cutting sugar,salt and processed foods. I do 30 mins of exercise a day. I eat a lot of food, it helped my metabolism get back into check! Lol if I could have done this before my wedding!

  16. Chris Pratt could be a good examples of an endomorph.

  17. I believe that these famous celebrities are endomorphs, too:
    Sarah Michelle Gellar
    Katy Perry
    Hayley Atwell
    Melissa McCarthy
    Christina Ricci
    Isla Fisher
    Marion Bartoli
    Kat Dennings
    Elizabeth Gillies
    Vince Vaughn
    Marlon Brando
    Seth Rogen
    Jonah Hill
    Jimmy Kimmel
    John Travolta
    Gerard Butler
    Ricky Gervais
    George Foreman
    Vin Diesel
    Kevin James
    50 Cent
    L Cool J
    Jason Segel
    Jason Sudeikis
    Brock Lesnar
    Charles Barkley

    I know you may this is crazy of me commenting on this page, but I was wondering if you believe if one of these famous people are endomorphs.

    I think Samoan people could be good examples of endomorphs as well.

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