Is Your Body Type Affecting Your Weight Loss?

Fitness // Louise McDonald

We’re all unique in our genetic makeup and body types, so having a one-size-fits-all approach to fitness is pointless.

If you’re struggling to shift those kilos, it could be down to your body type and what works for you.

Here’s a quick rundown of the three key body shapes, and what works (and what doesn’t) for each. Remember, it’s not an exact science and you may be a combination of these types.

1. Ectomorphs

Key characteristics:

  • Thin
  • Narrow shoulders, hips and chest
  • Low body fat
  • Low muscle mass
  • Long limbs
  • Thin face

Key fitness watch-outs:

  1. Lower body fat makes losing overall weight quite quick
  2. Takes longer to build muscle
  3. Weight training is a great way to build shape
  4. Usually quite proficient at endurance exercise, but should avoid too much cardio if muscle gain is the goal
  5. May benefit from attention to bigger movements during strength training
  6. Recovery between workouts tends to be faster than other types
  7. Patience is needed to see muscle gains

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2. Mesomorph

Key characteristics:

  • Muscular physique
  • Wide shoulders and narrow hips
  • Strong arms and legs
  • Very little body fat

Key fitness watch-outs:

  1. Fast response to resistance training and muscle gain
  2. May benefit from power moves and interval training
  3. Train with variety and mix up different types of activity
  4. Keep a track of training to prevent complacency

3. Endomorph

Key characteristics:

  • Large frame
  • Higher percentage of body fat
  • Wide hips and narrow shoulders
  • Ankles and wrists tend to be slim

Key fitness watch-outs:

  1. Keep training varied with a combination of resistance and cardio
  2. Cardio/aerobic as a majority can be very effective in losing overall weight if there is a bit to go
  3. Pay attention to building muscle in the shoulders to balance out the ‘pear’ shape that this can look like
  4. Be careful not to over train – this raises levels of cortisol and can make losing weight harder
  5. Ditch the ‘spot reduction’ approach, as this is not a helpful way to transform your body

So, work on being the best version of yourself with no comparisons. Stay committed to your goals, try not to mould yourself into looking like someone that has a totally different body to yours and be sensible about your training… you will get there!

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