Learning the different body types for women is helpful in your weight loss journey. For many of us, we don’t bother knowing; all we know is that we’re overweight and we need to lose the weight. Thinking that way is a start but knowing what your body type will also help you learn why your body acts a certain way. This is what we’ll talk about in this article.
What Are the Body Types for Women?
This quick guide should help you determine yours and also give you an idea of what you need to do to achieve your health and fitness goals.
The Three Body Types for Women
The human body is classified into three general body types. If you don’t know what’s yours yet, here’s a quick breakdown:
- Round, wide, soft body
- High body fat, higher tendency to store fat but can build muscle easier
- Tends to be pear-shaped
- Long, lean, narrow body
- Difficulty in gaining fat and muscle
- Muscular, well-defined muscles
- Responsive muscle cells
- High metabolism
The Endomorph Body Type
People with the endomorph body type has an easy time storing fuel in their bodies, which means they can easily build muscle and store fat but are mostly concentrated on the lower body. It is the hardest body to work with, especially with fitness and managing weight.
It’s not that bad, though. The endomorph’s ability to store fuel helps give them the strength as well as build muscle easier. And when you can build muscle faster, you lose fat faster, too. To gain a more proportionate body and achieve your ideal weight, a combination of cardio exercise and weight training is essential. The calories you get from the food you eat will also be an important factor in fueling the body to burn off the fats.
Some tips to keep in mind:
- Always train with intensity
- Look out for your carb intake
- Don’t focus on abdominal exercises just because of the fatty midsection
- Your workout shouldn’t just focus on aerobic exercises; mix it up!
The Ectomorph Body Type
For some, having an ectomorph body is a blessing but for those who have it, it is a curse. This body type is known as a “hardgainer” due to its fast metabolism. It burns fat easily which makes muscle building a lot more challenging. So for those who are looking to bulk up a bit or just gain muscle mass, it should be a combination of a little bit of cardio and compound exercises to really stimulate the release of growth hormones. A diet high in protein and good fat will also be helpful in gaining those muscles.
Some things to keep in mind:
- Go for compound exercises
- Use isolation exercises to end a workout but don’t overemphasize
- Eat lots of protein and good fats
The Mesomorph Body Type
Many believe the mesomorph is the perfect body type of all. It doesn’t easily store fat, and it’s not hard to build muscle. Really, what else can you ask for? People who have mesomorph bodies tend to have athletic builds and they can maintain that through workout plans that help them increase power than bulk up.
Plyometrics are great exercises for the mesomorph, especially if they want to do explosive moments. Interval sprints are also helpful in keeping away the fat and pumping the metabolism. Additionally, mesomorphs don’t have a problem with what they eat, but of course, a healthy diet is essential in keeping that “perfect” body.
Some tips to keep in mind:
- Have an athlete mindset just because you’re naturally gifted
- Train how an athlete would…because you can!
- Don’t take your body for granted; continue working on it
- Don’t just eat anything you like
Does Body Type Matter THAT Much?
Knowing your body type is helpful, but it is not the be-all-end-all. It’s not black and white. Some people can be a mix of two body types.
So this I will tell you: no matter what body type you have, if you don’t have the right fitness and nutrition plan, you won’t achieve the body you want.
Don’t focus on the labels. Instead, focus on moving forward. Your body type might be the card dealt to you by genetics and natural selection, but what you do NOW is all up to you!
If you need any help, do not hesitate to reach out to me.
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