There are three main human body endomorphs, mesomorphs and ectomorphs and each of us have tendencies toward one group or another despite what we are born as. In this Now You Know, let's find out how our body type and weight are related.
Endomorphs tend to gain weight and keep it on. They have a wider build with thick ribcages, wide hips, and shorter limbs. They have more muscle than the other body types, but it's hard to gain it without significant body fat. If you feel that you gain weight for walking by a cake store, you may be an endomorph.
Mesomorphs are somewhere in the middle. They usually have wide shoulders with narrow waist. Their joints are thinner and they have round muscle bellies.They have a tendency to be fit and comparatively muscular. Does this mean they never have to watch their diet? Of course, not. But they may be able to get back in shape by gaining muscle and burning fat with ease.
Ectomorphs tend to be of lean build with small muscle bellies and long limbs. Gaining weight is a struggle for them but does that mean they never put on weight? Not really, but even if they do, they may still look skinny, especially their forearms and calves. Being an ectomorph doesn't mean you're weak. You can get as strong and fit as someone with a larger and muscular body. But for gaining weight, you have to eat like you've never eaten before.
Even though we don't choose our genes, we're not completely bound to the category we are born in. Our lifestyle, genetics, sleep schedule and eating habits play a role in how we look, and we can always change it over time.
So which body type are you? Tell us in the "comments".