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.  


  • 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


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.


Endomorphs have a harder time losing weight. But that does not mean endomorphs CAN’T lose weight, only that they will have to work harder than the other body types to lose the weight. 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. Understanding your body type matters, because it allows you to understand what you can achieve with diet and exercise healthily. For example, if you are an endomorph avoid setting goals to look like a body type your polar opposite – an ectomorph. Ectomorphs possesses little fat, little muscle and a small frame, producing a linear, narrow body shape. This would be difficult for an endomorph achieve, especially healthily. Read more here about how much you can change your body type.


Along with carefully monitoring their carb and fat intake, the ideal endomorph workout plan should combine 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.

The best diet for endomorphs tend to be low-carb diets as many endomorphs are carbohydrate sensitive. No junk foods!

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.

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. “

To find out more, click here.


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