Are you an ectomorph, an endomorph, or a mesomorph? Do those words confuse you? Have you ever heard about eating right for your type, but you don’t know what your body type is? Understanding your body type can be a great way to jump-start your diet and exercise routine to help you get to an ideal weight.
25. Identify Your Body Type
In the 1940s, a physician named Dr. W.H. Sheldon theorized three main body types: ectomorph, endomorph, and mesomorph (via Britannica). According to Dr. Sheldon, a person’s body type was set in stone before birth and determined their physical characteristics throughout life. Doctors now know that our body types were not predetermined before birth and that our choices dramatically influence our body types throughout our lives. Still, Dr. Sheldon was onto something important. He recognized that not all body types are the same and that what works well for one person may not work for another. One crucial key lies in understanding your own body type (via nasm.org).