I had a cousin sister who was so skinny. No matter what she ate, Fat avoided her like Plague🤩.
Yet for some of us it was a nightmare. Growing Up in a region heavily influenced by Arabic, Indian and Swahili culture did not do favor I at all. Talk of Spicy food, foods cooked in coconut milk, sweet desserts to name just a few. Evening delicacies comprised of delicious Potatoes Fritters(Viazi Karai) little did I know the combination of Potatoes, Wheat Flour and Deep Frying oil was lethal🤣.
What helped us as kids were the games. Skipping/jump rope, Hopscotch, Ball games and the likes really burned those extra calories but as we grew up and adolescence hormones started running a mock, our fates were sealed. I mean for some of us, a few got away, now I know its thanks to their Body Type😊.
So what’s this all about BODY TYPES?
The idea that everyone has a body type comes from William Herber Sheldon, MD, PhD, the late psychologist who developed what are called “somatotypes” in the 1940s.
Supporters of this plan say your body type can give you clues about your metabolism and hormones, and thus how well you process carbohydrates, and how much protein you need.
Many experts disagree that there is enough data to support a body type diet.
There is some research to suggest that each body type does share certain characteristics in terms of weight, fat, and muscle — but there’s less data to support the dietary and exercise recommendations, so don’t expect this to be some magic formula.
Nevertheless, the theory of Body Types has helped me to understand my body and how best to nourish it.
People who are Ectomorphs are thin and lean, with little muscle and body fat.
Ectomorphs usually have difficulty gaining weight and may be prone to injury due to small, weak bones.
Ectomorphs tends to have a lean build, long limbs, and small muscle bellies. Even if an ectomorph manages to put on weight, they may still look skinnier than they are, particularly in the calves and forearms.
Being an ectomorph doesn’t mean you’re doomed to be weak, though. You can still get remarkably strong, and you can be every bit as fit and healthy as someone who looks larger and more muscular. But if you want to gain weight, you’d better be prepared to eat like you’ve never eaten before.
A mesomorph is characterized by having strong muscles that are fairly evenly distributed. Despite the muscle, mesomorphs still need to be careful about putting on unwanted weight, especially in the form of fat.
The mesomorph has a middle-of-the-road build that takes the best of both worlds. They tend to have wide shoulders, a narrow waist, relatively thin joints, and round muscle bellies.
In short, if you’re a mesomorph, you have a natural tendency to be fit and relatively muscular. Does this mean you can do nothing, eat everything, and get away with it forever? Definitely not—and you’re not necessarily healthier than the other two types, either. But you may be able to “bounce back” from being out of shape more easily than the other two body types, gaining muscle and burning fat with comparative ease
This group is usually heavier and rounder, characterized by fat distribution mainly in the lower portions of the body, including the waist, hips, and thighs. The endomorphic body type is more inclined to gain weight due to high levels of insulin sensitivity. Building muscle tends to come easily for endomorphs, but it is in major competition with fat storage.
The endomorph tends to gain weight and keep it on. Their build is a little wider than an ectomorph or mesomorph, with a thick rib cage, wide hips, and shorter limbs. They may have more muscle than either of the other body types, but they often struggle to gain it without significant amounts of accompanying body fat. If you ever feel like you gain 5 pounds simply walking by a donuts shop, you may be an endomorph.
This definitely doesn’t mean that an endomorph can’t be healthy. They can be every bit as strong, healthy, and capable as the other two groups, and may actually have some strength advantages due to their additional muscle mass. But if and when they decide to lean out, it’ll take hard work.
WHAT’S YOUR BODY TYPE??
Hands down truth be told I am an Endomorph! Carbs and I are not good friends nor are we enemies either. At the end of it all, the science or rather theory of ‘Body Types’ has helped I understand my body and now I know better. This has helped I with my nutrition choices and will still continue to help me and others as we adopt a Healthy Lifestyle.
Remember “It’s Not a Diet But a Lifestyle”👌
One thing for sure that I have learnt in this Weight-Loss Journey is there’s no “perfect” diet, and improving your health is what matters here.
What about You? Whats your Body Type? Do you lose weight easily or We Rock the same Boat??
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Lets keep up the good fight. Never Give Up!