Body Type Exercises & Diets

Whatever your body type, there are exercises and diets that can help you lose pounds. You were born with a genetic predisposition to grow into a certain frame. You will fit into one of three body type categories or you might have characteristics of some or all of them.


While weight loss techniques can focus on specific combinations, here are some tips about weight loss for the three main body types.

Endomorph Diet & Exercise

Endomorph Diet

The endomorph tends to store a lot of body fat and has trouble burning it off. Endomorphs ned to keep their metabolism burning at a high rate and should eat five or six small meals, mainly lean protein and green vegetables, every few hours throughout the day.


Endomorph Exercise
A combination of fast-paced weight training and 30 minutes or more of daily moderate-intensity cardiovascular exercise are needed to burn more calories. Exercising and eating first thing in the morning can help rev up the metabolism.

Mesomorph Diet & Exercise

Mesomorph Diet

The mesomorph is generally shorter and more muscular with stocky arms and legs. Mesomorphs should avoid eating junk foods, because they can gain that weight back about as quickly as they lost it. They should also eat six small protein-rich meals to help sustain energy and muscle bulk. Moreover, they should eat more complex carbohydrates than simple carbohydrates, and make fats and oils no more than 20 percent to 30 percent of their diets.


Mesomorph Exercise
Mesomorphs benefit from doing combinations of workouts that include circuit training, high-intensity cardiovascular activity, moderate weights, strength and core training.

Ectomorph Diet & Exercise

Ectomorph Diet

The ectomorph doesn’t have a lot of fat or muscle. Ectomorphs should eat healthy and balanced diets that are high in protein and complex carbohydrates and rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, while reducing intake of junk foods. Ectomorphs should be careful when trying to lose weight, because cutting too many calories can cause them to burn muscle to a greater degree than other body types.


Ectomorph Exercise
Doing too much cardiovascular exercise (more than two or three days per week) can cause ectomorphs to lose more calories than they should, so loss of fat should be accomplished through muscle building exercises under guidance from a trainer or medical professional.