Saturday, August 9, 2008

What Type of Body Shape Do You Have?

Rosie Peters sent me an informative newsletter about the different types of body shapes. To her, "you should tailor your eating habits and exercise routines to suit the shape you were born with."

Read her newsletter below:

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There exists a system of body type classification called "somatotypes". It was originally dreamed up by a psychologist in the 1930s to link personality to body shape.

Ectomorphs are the "hard gainers". They are slim and find it hard to put on weight, whether than weight be muscle or fat.

Many people envy their skinny ectomorph friends who can "eat anything".

However if you are an ectomorph and shoveling junk food down your gullet in a daily feeding frenzy, your health is going to fail. Big time.

And you know exactly how flabby an untoned ectomorph looks naked in the bathroom mirror.

Ectomorphs need lots of complex carbs at very regular intervals and an exercise routine that is light on the cardio.

As an endomorph, you are medium to big boned, soft and rounded. You may have the classic pear or apple shape.

The bad news is that you attract fat like flies to a picnic, mosquitoes to a bar-b-cue. The good news is that you can muscle up just as easily as fatten up with a moderate/high protein and moderate/low carb diet and a goodly helping of aerobic exercise in your weekly fitness routine.

If you are a mesomorph, you are the most balanced of the somatotypes. Hourglass women and wide shouldered, narrow hipped men.

You find it easy to put on muscle whether you are after lean or mass muscle. You can take your pick of healthy diets and get the best fitness results with an equal mix of energetic cardio and heavy duty resistance workouts in your week.

While our bodies tend to approach a particular somatotype or a combination of somatotypes, it is rare to be a "pure" type.

Become as informed as you can about your particular body type and your efforts will be rewarded.

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