Your question, “What is my body type?” is especially relevant when you’re wanting to lose weight – you’ll find the answer to this question here.
You’ll also discover an additional system of body typing, which you may find that is working better for you – if you are more into fitness and working out.
But no matter which of these different body types you identify with, you will lose weight easier with a matching body type diet. That’s why it’s so important to find out what body type you have and work with it, not against it.
To a great extent, the concept of different body types, or somatotypes, is based on the fact that once your body frame (bones and muscles) had finished its development, its blueprint is pretty much fixed throughout your whole life. That’s because this blueprint is pre-programmed genetically.
Before we go any further, you should know that while you can change your body composition (the muscle over fat ratio) with exercise and diet, your basic body type will always remain the same.
In other words, you can change the shape of your body but can’t alter your body type. Also, keep in mind that your height has nothing to do with your body type.
“What is My Body Type?” is the Most Asked Question…
…I get from my clients as well as site visitors like you. Along with, “What’s the ideal body type diet for me?”
And, “Why is my body type important for losing weight?”
Well, here’s why.
Because how you get the weight off differs greatly depending on your own body type. Any experienced nutritionist or fitness professional will use body typing to customize an effective, individual diet and workout for you, specifically.
Don’t allow yourself to be confused by the fact that there are several systems of body typing.
For example, if you have little body fat and are seriously into sports and exercising, you might relate more to a system of body typing based on Edward Jackowski’s four body shapes: Spoon, Hourglass, Ruler and Cone.
But when you want to lose the extra pounds through controlled nutrition and exercising, your question “What is my body type?” can be answered by Dr. Sheldon’s somatotypes.
This body typing system classifies the different body types in three main types – depending on the prominence of the basic tissue type – digestive, muscular and nervous:
Ectomorph body type: slim, long & thin limbs and muscles with lowest body fat, a fast metabolic rate and a more sensitive temperament with an artistic inclination.
Mesomorph body type: athletic, large bones, big muscles with medium to low body fat, a medium to fast metabolic rate and an active, dynamic, competitive personality.
Endomorph body type: heavy build, wider waist with a higher body fat, a typically slower metabolic rate and an extroverted, caring and nurturing temperament.
You may be surprised to know that this system of body typing goes back to the works of classical philosophers like Gurdjief, Nietzsche and Plato.
So if you ask, “What is my body type?” and “What body type diet should I use?”, you are not alone. Trying to combine different body type diets and workout routines is often confusing, I know.
But in talking about the different body types I’ll try to keep it simple. You’ll discover more details about each body type: endomorph, mesomorph, ectomorph. Along with description of the particular bone frame, soft tissue structure, metabolism and even personality traits, you’ll find suggestions for your specific body type diet and most effective workout routine.
When you follow these suggestions you eliminate the struggle and frustration of not being able to lose weight and keep it off – take a look at the full profile of each of the three body types >>