Not every body is created equal. If you're thinking of starting a diet or working out, or even if you're simply curious, it's a great idea to work out which body type you have. Knowing which of the 3 major body types your body is closest to will help you to better tailor your exercise and diet plan, in order to set attainable and realistic goals which will pave the way to your success.
The 3 basic human body types are the endomorph, the mesomorph, and the ectomorph. The endomorph is distinguished by a preponderance of body fat, and will always look heavier, even when in a very fit state. The mesomorph is characterized by well-developed muscles, and will generally look well-proportioned, even with some extra pounds piled on top. The ectomorph is marked by an overall lack of muscle or fat tissue, and will naturally look skinnier than they actually are.
The following test will help you work out which body type you have, and will supply you with some handy tips to help you get the body you've always dreamt of.
A pair of relaxed-fit jeans fit me...
Tight around my buttocks.
Perfect around my buttocks.
Loose around my buttocks.
My shoulders are...
About the same width as my hips.
My body tends to...
Remain muscular and lean.
MEN ONLY. My body looks...
WOMEN ONLY. My body looks...
Mostly straight from top to bottom.
If I encircle my wrist with my other hand's thumb and middle finger...
The middle finger and thumb don't touch.
The middle finger and thumb just touch.
The middle finger and thumb overlap.
Concerning my weight, I...
Find it hard to lose weight, but easy to gain it.
Can lose or gain weight with little difficulty.
Find it hard to gain weight as either fat or muscle.
MEN ONLY. Which range best describes your chest measurements?
WOMEN ONLY. Which range best describes your chest measurements?
Your body type is predominantly ectomorphic. Now that you're aware, you should focus your efforts on gaining weight in the form of good, lean muscle tissue. If you decide to hit the weights, your workouts should be done with heavy weights at a slow pace, with longer periods of rest between sets. To prevent tiring yourself out, don't train too often, and avoid having really long sessions. Adopt a diet that's high in quality foods, and try eating quite a bit more than you're used to. What's really important is to eat often, and to limit your aerobic activity somewhat, so that you don't end up shedding the pounds you worked so hard to put on.
Your body type is predominantly mesomorphic. Now that you're aware, you should adapt your diet and exercise habits to maintain your naturally fit body. Your body type allows you to train with weights more frequently and for longer stretches of time, but you should still make sure that you don't overdo it. You should be able to exercise using moderate to heavy weights, with a minimal amount of rest between sets. You'll find that you build muscle with relative ease, but you needn't worry about transforming into a bodybuilder overnight. If you're content with the size of your muscles, simply train just enough to maintain them. Engage in any aerobic activities that you find satisfying, and stick to a healthy and clean diet. This will allow you to remain lean and muscular, but you should still be on the lookout for any slow-creeping fat gains.
Your body type is predominantly endomorphic. Now that you're aware, your biggest concern should be getting rid of any fat reserves you might have let build up, and making sure that your lifestyle helps keep it off. You can try hitting the weights to get a better muscle-to-fat ratio, which in turn will give your metabolism a welcome boost. Keep up a fast training pace using moderate weights, with a minimal amount of rest between sets and exercises. We recommend lowering your calorie intake, and eating frequent but small meals to make sure you get enough nutrition. Try to remove junk food, sugar, and sweets from your diet, and get your heart pumping by taking part in some form of daily exercise.