There are 3 body types:
- Ectomorphs who are naturally skinny with a fast metabolism, are lightly muscled and appear to have little body fat.
- Mesomorphs who have an athletic build, are well muscled and can lose weight easily.
- Endomorphs who have a sluggish metabolism, higher levels of body fat, gain weight easily and have to work harder than the other body types of lose weight.
It’s good to have an understanding of your body type as each body type responds differently to dieting and exercise. For example, endomorphs tend to do better on low-carb diets and have to work on losing weight without slowing their already slow metabolic rate. Also, knowing your body type will help you set realistic goals. For example, ectomorphs will struggle to boast the ripped abs of a mesomorph, because ectomorphs gain muscle with great difficulty. And while endomorphs can have a flat, toned stomach, it’ll be more difficult (i.e. require a lot more training and clean eating) for an endomorph to achieve 6-pack abs than it would be for a mesomorph. Endomorphs with great abs are Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce and Russell Crowe. Read more about body types.