Determining Your Body Type

Before losing weight, it’s very important for you identify your body type. This is very important since different body types react to weight gain and loss all differently.

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There are three basic body types, the ectomorphs (skinny), the mesomorphs (athletic) and the endomorphs (fat retainers). Most people don’t fit perfectly into these body types perfectly. For instance you can be an endo-mesomorph or an ecto-mesomorph, where you are mainly a mesomorph with an endomorphic ( like tendency to gain fat easily) or ectomorphic trait (small bones/ joints or a trim waist). Or you could be an ecto/endomorph where you have ectomorphic upper body, but an endomorphic lower body (fat retaining or fat prone).

Ectomorphs

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Ectomorphs are the body type of the models often seen in fashion magazine. They have slimmed bones, long limbs, very little body fat and very little muscle. Ballerinas, supermodels and basketball players often fall into this group due to their delicately built frames. 

Traits of an Ectomorph:

  • Skinny
  • Small joints/ bones
  • Long limbs
  • Linear physique
  • Small shoulders
  • Lightly muscled
  • Small chest/ bum
  • Low body fat (without exercising/ following low calorie diets)
  • Can eat anything without gaining weight
  • Fast and efficient metabolism
  • Difficulty gaining weight
  • Hyperactive
  • Difficulty in gaining muscle mass

Famous Female Ectomorphs:

  • Kate Moss
  • Miranda Kerr
  • Blake Lively
  • Taylor Swift
  • Zoe Saldana
  • Diane Kruger

Famous Male Ectomorphs:

  • Brad Pitt
  • Robert Pattinson
  • Toby Maguire

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Mesomorphs

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Mesomorphs are characterised as athletic, strong, compact and naturally lean with excellent posture. Often, their shoulders are wider than their hips. Mesomorphs are natural athletes and tend to be lean and muscular without trying, known for having a “medium” build. The world’s best tennis players, figure skaters and bodybuilders are often mesomorphs.

Traits of a mesomorphs:

  • Naturally lean
  • Naturally muscular
  • Naturally strong
  • Medium sized joints/ bones
  • Wider at the shoulders than hips
  • Broad/ square shoulders
  • Women: defined hourglass shape
  • Men: “V” shape
  • Efficient metabolism
  • Gaining muscle is almost effortless
  • Losing fat is almost effortless
  • Responds quickly to exercise

Famous Female Mesomorphs:

  • Halle Berry
  • Janet Jackson
  • Madonna
  • Jennifer Garner
  • Jessica Biel
  • Pink

Famous Male Mesomorphs:

  • Ryan Reynolds
  • Mark Wahlberg
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Endomorphs

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Endomorphs have round, soft and curvy bodies, having the opposite characteristics of the ectomorphs. They have slow metabolisms, gain fat easily and have a hard time losing weight. They often have large frames, with hips that tend to be wider than their shoulders by a fair bit, creating a pear-shaped physique. Some of the sexiest singers and actresses are endomorphs.

Traits of an Endomorph:

  • Smooth, round bodies
  • Medium or large bones/ joints
  • Small shoulders
  • Short limbs
  • High levels of body fat
  • Body fat tends to settle in lower body (bum, thighs, lower abdomen and hips)
  • Pear-shaped physique
  • Can gain muscle easily but tends to be undeveloped
  • Difficulty to keep lost body fat off
  • Lose weight slowly
  • Have to work hard to lose weight
  • Slow metabolism
  • Attacks of fatigue & tiredness
  • Fall asleep easily

Famous Female Endomorphs:

  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Shakira
  • Beyonce
  • Sofia Vergara
  • Kate Winslet
  • Jessica Simpson

Famous Male Endomorphs:

  • Robin Williams
  • Jack Black
  • John Goodman

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How To Find Your Body Type

Maybe you weren’t able to identify your body easily by reading the information above. So let the information below help you find it!

  • Metabolism

Do you gain weight easily if you eat the wrong foods? If you lose the weight that you gained after eating incorrect quickly after a change in your diet and exercise? If so you’re probably a mesomorph. If you struggle burn the fat/ weight than you’re probably an endomorph. If you don’t put on any weight, than you’re most likely an ectomorph. 

  • Eating Habits

Compare the way you eat with the way you look. Can you eat lots of calories without gaining weight and staying thin, you’re probably an ectomorph. If you eat a small amount of calories and still look thin and healthy you’re most likely a mesomorph. If you have a few calories and still look heavy you’re probably an endomorph.

  • Size of Joints/ Bones

To find your joint/ bone size there are two methods, use this body type calculator, or use your own wrist and fingers. Use your middle finger and thumb and encircle your wrist. If your middle finger and thumb overlap, you have a small joints/ bones and you’re an ectomorph. If your middle finger and thumb only touch, than you have middle sized joints/ bones, you’re a mesomorph. If your middle finger and thumb do not touch, than you’re larger boned/ jointed and you’re an endomorph.

  • Body Type Calculator 

Use this body type calculator to determine your body type.

  • Pictures

Look at the different body types in these albums to determine your body type.

Once you determine your body type find inspiration for someone with a similar body type. If you’re an ectomorph, use people like Miranda Kerr, Blake Lively and Rosie Huntington Whiteley as a role model. If you’re a mesomorph, use Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry and Jessica Biel are role models. If you’re an endomorph, that it’s easy to find role models! Aim for sexy curves like Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez or Sofia Vergara! Remember you can’t change your body type, if you’re built like Jennifer Lopez, you will make yourself ill trying to be like Kate Moss. Flaunt your shape! Transform your shape by eating very well and exercising regularly! Follow the workouts and nutrition guides that are on SuperSkinnyMe

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