What's Your Body Type? (And How to Get It Right!)

We’ve all heard of pear and apple shapes, but have you ever heard of an ectomorph, mesomorph, or endomorph-shaped body?

Although they’re not as cute as naming our bodies after fruits, you can learn a lot more from these informative (yet hard-to-pronounce) body types. Before we bite into the science of the matter, though, take a look at what your body type is and how to get it right below!

Ectomorph Body Types

According to scientists, somatotyping is the key to helping athletes get to know their own body type. Besides this, it can positively impact their performance and training too. So, what does this have to do with us non-athletes over here?

We are glad that you asked.

Even if you’re not Serena Williams, it’s important to know how to stay your healthiest weight at all times. Due to bio-individuality, our bodies respond to diet and weight loss in a radically different way.

In a nutshell, not all of us are going to look like Kourtney Kardashian after a day of smoothies, workouts, and salads. And that’s totally okay.

That’s where the ectomorph body type comes in. Known as long and lean, these body types have a high metabolism and a low body fat ratio (picture Kendall Jenner). With longer limbs and smaller joints, ectomorphs have genetics to thank for their slim appearance.

Mesomorph Body Types

Are you feeling sturdier than the average person?

For those of us with a heartier bone structure than an ectomorph, there’s the mesomorph body type. This sturdy shape is ideal for building lean muscle mass like no other. That explains why the mesomorph shape is typically linked to body builders.

Often described as looking more “athletic” than the rest of us, it’s easier for mesomorphs to both lose and gain weight (think Khloe Kardashian before and after her Revenge Body makeover). That means that people with this specific body type should watch what they eat, as it’s easy to fluctuate from soft to strong and vice versa.

Sounds simple enough, right?

Endomorph Body Types

Softer and sexier than their counterparts, endomorph body types tend to be shorter with smaller arms and legs (imagine Kim Kardashian). Although it is easier to gain weight instead of lose it, that doesn’t mean that endomorph body types aren’t as built as everyone else.

With a natural ability to build muscle, endomorphs have strong cores that enable them to stay in shape. However, it might be a bit harder to see at first, since losing weight for endomorphs is much more of a challenge for them. 

Not sure where you fit into somatotyping?

Sometimes, you can be a mix of two of them. No matter where you stand, figuring out which body type you relate to can change your diet and workout routine for the better.

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