Ectomorph Vs. Mesomorph Vs. Endomorph - Which One Are You?
There are three different body types that you can possibly have. If you have a certain body type, you may have it easier than someone else, depending on what you want to accomplish. Do you want to be rail thin? Then you would be happy being an ectomorph. However, if you want to be ripped, then you would be happy being a mesomorph or an endomorph. However, all three body types can get into great shape, it is just harder for some than others. First off, you have:
1. Ectomorphs. If you are an ectomorph, you are going to have the hardest time putting on size in the gym. You have a slight build, are probably tall and thin, and you have narrow hips and shoulders. If your goal is being thin, then you definitely want to be an ectomorph. However, if you are an ectomorph, you have probably been thin all your life, and are sick of it. The bad news is that you are going to have to work extra hard to become big. The good news is that you can easily do it.
The key with ectomorphs is to train hard and eat a LOT of good, clean food. Your body is a furnace on overdrive; you need to eat, eat, and eat some more. Eat when you don't feel like eating. It's the only way that you will get bigger.
2. Mesomorphs. You are the blessed body type. You are naturally muscular, and you have broad shoulders. Those people that just look in great shape, even though they might not train very much? These are most likely mesomorphs. Action movie stars, professional bodybuilders, are most likely mesomorphs. Most people are usually either ectomorphs or endomorphs. If you are a mesomorph, you can train less than an average person and still look great.
3. Endomorphs. Endomorphs are both gifted and cursed. Endomorphs can get into great shape, however if they let themselves go, they will most often get that round shape; big round stomach, thick legs, etc. Endomorphs gain weight very easily, but they can also lose fat rapidly and build muscle quickly when they set their sights to it. Endomorph is probably the most common body type.
I should mention that no one person fits perfectly into any of the three categories. You can however use it as a good guideline to figure out how to approach getting into shape. If you are rail thin, can eat whatever you want and never gain a pound, then you are probably an ectomorph. If that is the case, you need to gorge yourself on good clean food, and work out incredibly hard.
If you are an endomorph, then you need to really cut back on the bad foods in your life, and pick up some weights. You can be confident knowing that prolonged determination and a healthy lifestyle will result in significant gains, and you will look great if you follow through. Any body type can get ripped; just because you are an ectomorph, doesn't mean that you can't be muscular.
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