The Endomorph Body Type
Many people are focusing more and more on their body type when choosing their workout routine.
Knowing which of the three body types most represents yours can help you choose exercises designed to work especially well for you. The endomorph is one of the three body types.
Characteristics of An Endomorph
The endomorph body type is characterized by a soft and round look. They tend to be overweight, and often have under developed muscles.
Though their muscles can be developed, they gain fat easily and have difficulty developing a well defined body. Endomorphs also typically have small hands and feet and a high waistline.
The Best Diet For An Endomorph
Endomorphs will usually need to focus on fat loss, so they will need to restrict calories.
However, in addition to restricting their calorie intake, they should focus on the following:
- Eating adequate protein - especially if strength training
- Reducing or eliminating simple carbohydrates - these include white flour, sugar and white rice
- Focusing on fiber filled foods - these include whole grains, whole fruits and vegetables like broccoli and salad greens
- Watch the fat - Fat should be no more than 20% of the total calories. Fat intake should come from healthy fats like olive oil, canola oil, nuts and fish.
Fitness Workouts For An Endomorph
Endomorphs should include regular aerobic workouts as part of their exercise routines.
Spending at least 30 minutes a day 3-5 times a week in some form of aerobic exercise will help promote fat loss.
In addition to aerobic exercise, endomorphs will need strength training to promote building muscle. For those new to exercising, starting with 30 minute strength training sessions three times a week will tone up muscles. More weight can be added as strength increases.
There are plenty of simple exercises that endomorphs can do to promote building muscle without requiring a lot of equipment. Pushups, squats, lunges and abdominal crunches are all great for toning up and gaining strength. With a set of dumbbells, more upper body exercises can be added like bicep curls and triceps extensions.
With The Right Diet and Exercise The Endomorph Can Triumph
By focusing on aerobic exercise and toning up, endomorphs can greatly improve the appearance of their bodies; going from a rounder look to a more defined one. Unfortunately, endomorphs usually always have to battle their weight. However, with the right diet and exercise routine, they can reach and maintain a weight and body shape that is both healthy and attractive.
Knowing your body type can really be a help when it comes to choosing diets and workout routines. After all, our body type is something we cannot change, so we might as well work with it rather than against it.