>Every body is different with different needs to reach their goals and one of the many ways to help you succeed is to work WITH your body type.
There is no point in trying to force your body to be something it is not. In the long term, you may find yourself constantly rebounding and fighting an uphill battle. Does this mean that you are stuck with the shape you have now? Of course not; but the key thing is to know what you are working with.
While most of us may fall under more than one particular category, we all have a somatotype. A soma-what you ask? Somatotypes are our body types . They are categories of our body structures and its fat and muscle distribution and storage. Knowing what your body type is can help to further personalize a nutrition plan to help you meet your needs.
There are three main categories of somatotypes: ectomorphic, mesomorphic and endomorphic. As mentioned, it is quite common to have some overlapping with these categories, but this will give you a general idea of where you fall into and what you can do:
•Naturally thin with skinny limbs •Fast metabolism •Typically the “hard-gainer” •High sympathetic nervous system activity •Thyroid dominant •Do not typically do well with stimulants like coffee These body-types generally do well with a 25% protein, 55% carbohydrate, 20% fat diet and are often more drawn to or excel at endurance type activities like marathon running.
•Naturally muscular and athletic •Moderate to high sympathetic nervous system activity •Usually excels in sport and can put on muscle fairly easily •Testosterone and growth hormone dominant These body-types generally do well with a 30% protein, 40% carbohydrate, 30% fat diet and are often drawn to or excel at activities like strength or bodybuilding activites like gymnastics.
•Naturally carries more body fat than the other two somatotypes •Slow metabolic rate •Low carb tolerance •Insulin dominant These body-types generally do well on a 35% protein, 25% carbohydrate, 40% fat diet and are often drawn to or excel at power or strength activities like shot putting.
While each of us is born with a particular body type, there is no limit as to how you can transform and work with the particular type that you have been given. Whether it be a particular body composition or shape or something sport specific, there is a means of improving upon what YOU have in your genes in a way that is best suited for YOU. Just knowing your basic somatotype is one of the many tools you can use to get you to the optimal level of YOUR abilities.