Your body is your body. My body is my body.
No two bodies are exactly the same.
There are three primary body types and then blends between the three.
- Ectomorph – “lack of much fat or muscle tissue”
- Mesomorph – “ well-developed musculature”
- Endomorph – “preponderance of body fat”
I typically do not suggest people use Bodybuilding.com as an authority or resource for nutrition, but for some things their resources work great. I’m using their page on the three body types as my resource for this information. They also provide a quick and easy test for you to take to determine where you fit into this spectrum and they provide some suggestions for food and exercise. I personally fall as an Endo (38%) Meso (63%) [Ecto 0%].
Gauge Girl Training (Christine is a mesomorph) has a YouTube channel with very helpful videos on this subject. I’ve linked to my favorites below.
- Female Fat Loss By Body Type
- How to Determine Your Body Type
- Combination Body Types for Women (added 03/01/18)
- Embracing Your Somatotype
- Free Somatotype Assessment
She also has individual videos for each body type you can check out if you like.
I also am a big fan of Jen Heward (who I think is also is a mesomorph). Below are a couple of her YouTube videos.
One of my biggest peeves as of late is ectomorph fitness/nutrition gurus. For example, Heidi Powell (who I actually think is great and she is so sweet and funny) posts “before and after” pictures on Instagram and talks about her perspective and journey, which she has the right and space to do. If you have seen the Powell’s work and client transformations, they have worked with a lot of people and helped them regain their health and fitness.
While I do realize that thin people (aka: ectomorphs) can have body dysmorphia and struggle to keep weight on (oh poor babies), I personally find it quite difficult to take fitness and nutrition advice from someone who has no idea what it is like to live in a body that holds on to body fat.
She talks about how she is 20lbs heavier (all muscle) than she has every been in her life and how great and strong she feels; and goes on to say that we shouldn’t allow the scale to determine our self worth. I agree with that, we shouldn’t allow our weight to determine our self worth and value in the world. I say good for her! Truly! I think that she does look a lot better now than before. I tend to really like muscular looks on women.
But…I wonder if she would still feel the same way and still say all the same things, if her weight gain were 20lbs of body fat and not muscle? For me…it is a hard pill to swallow for an ectomorph to tell me “You are perfect….just the WEIGH you are”.
My Thoughts – Be the Best Body YOUR Body Can Be
- Body comparison is the death of self-esteem. Stop comparing your body to someone else’s body. Yours is yours and theirs is theirs.
- You cannot change your body type. It is what it is. Stop trying to change your body type to look like something it will never be able to look like.
Here is a fantastic article by Coconuts and Kettlebells called “Why I Don’t Want Six-Pack Abs“.
Jordan Syatt has videos I like too – here are a few:
- One Body. One Life. Make it Count.
- Cellulite is NOT a Flaw (3 “Must Know” Facts)
- Self Confidence: How to “Just Do It”
I hope you enjoy the resources and videos I’ve linked to and they help you to realize that your body is your body and there is nothing wrong with your body because it doesn’t look like what you see on Instagram, Facebook, movies, or TV.
You should look like you, not like someone else. Love and Hugs