Your inherited body type, or somatotype, can tell you a lot about how to navigate your weight loss journey. Ectomorphs are skinny, bony, and have fast metabolisms. Mesomorphs are lean, naturally athletic, and gain muscle easily. And last but not least, Endomorphs are naturally larger, rounder, and have difficulty losing fat; they are also the most common body type associated with obesity. Although Endomorphs seem to have the worst genetic luck, with proper exercise and nutrition, you can overcome this somatotype.
Out of the three somatotypes, Endomorphs must pay the closest attention to their nutrition because losing weight may take more time than the others. You must commit to a lifestyle change. Here’s what you need to do:
1. Reduce carbohydrates, and increase your protein, healthy fats, and fibrous carbohydrates intake.
The RM3® diet recommends and embraces these eating habits. And cheat meals are out of the question. As an Endomorph, your body responds quickly to poor food choices, and stores fats very easily. Again, healthy nutrition is a lifestyle change, and not a short-term solution.
2. Achieve an active lifestyle, not a sedentary one.
Leading a sedentary lifestyle will contribute to gaining weight. Try to stay as active as possible, even walking during work breaks can contribute to being active!
3. Increase cardio and try High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts.
By doing strength and resistance training as well as cardio, you will raise your resting metabolic rate and maintain it. You can make this happen.
Don’t get discouraged if you have an Endomorph body type. By staying positive and committing to a healthy lifestyle change, both in nutrition and working out, you can combat your genetic disposition and ultimately achieve weight loss success.
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Nutrition. John Berardi, Ph.D. Body type nutrition: Here’s how to eat right for your body type.