The 3 Main Body Types Are Total B.S.
Take a quick glance at any social media platform or talk to any random person and you'll quickly realize something...
People love to label themselves.
- "I'm a banker, traveler, couch-potato, bodybuilder, etc."
- "I'm not a pessimist, social, outdoorsy, a cube monkey, etc."
As humans we have this tendency to define ourselves or put ourselves into groups based on what other people around us are saying/doing.
Over the years I've noticed nowhere is this type of labeling more common than in the fitness industry.
ESPECIALLY how people identify and define their physical body type.
- There are people who say they are just "naturally skinny".
- There are people who say they are "big boned".
- There are people who say they are "naturally muscular".
And so on and so forth.
But where did all of this come from?
You might say...
- "Modern Genetics!"
- "Advancements in science!"
- "Learning more about the human body!"
...But you'd be wrong.
They are based on nothing more than faulty, old-science that people have heard so much that they accept it as truth.
These ideas that a person is genetically determined to only be a certain body type are total B.S.
And It's time to put this body-type issue to bed.
You've probably heard of the 3 main body types before. They are: Ectomorphs, Mesomorphs and Endomorphs.
- Ectomorphs are naturally skinny, frail, weak, tall, and have a hard time gaining weight.
- Mesomorphs are naturally robust, muscular, athletic and can gain or lose fat and muscle easily.
- Endomorphs are naturally fat, round, heavy, gain fat easily, and have a hard time losing weight.
What you don't know about the 3 main body types is that they were invented in the 1940's by psychologist William Herbert Sheldon.
(Not a nutritionist, not a physician, not even a bodybuilder, a psychologist.)
He called it a Somatotype, and his theory was that people are born with certain somatic physical traits and those physical traits were what guided their personalities & actions.
His ideas were later discounted and rejected by the scientific community, but not before grabbing hold of the general public and making people believe they were a certain body type.
So now you have many people out there who blame their hard time gaining weight on the explanation that they are ectomorphs and that is that.
Or you have people who have a hard time losing weight simply stating that they are endomorphs and there's nothing they can do about it.
But that is simply not true.
ANYONE CAN BECOME ANY BODY TYPE!
Your body is not static.
- You can train your body to be muscular
- You can train your body to be skinny
- You can train your body to be fat
IT IS UP TO YOU.
Don't get me wrong, genetics do play a factor.
Some people are born with stomachs that can turn garbage into gold and they are able to eat anything they want and their body will respond well to it.
If that's you, great, you should enjoy it while it lasts.
However, if you're like everyone else... Then it's time for you to make a choice.
What Body Type Do You Want?
Do you want to be big and strong?
Do you want to be skinny and slim?
It really is as simple as that.
Life is complicated, but building the body of your dreams doesn't have to be.
Let's say that you want to lose some weight and slim down.
Here's how you can do that in 3 easy steps.
Step 1: Go on a diet
It doesn't really matter what diet you go on as long as it's legit and you follow through with it.
One of our personal favorites is the carnivore diet, but we realize that is a tough diet for most people to follow.
Good alternatives include nearly any low-carb diet, a ketogenic diet, slow carb diet, etc.
(Eating carbs makes 90% of people fat, not eating fat. Interested in learning more? Click here.)
So pick the one that suits you best and stick to it.
Step 2: Train regularly
You don't have to live in the gym to change your body type and build the body of your dreams.
You just need to be consistent.
Going to the gym 3x a week for 3 months straight is much better than going to the gym 6x a week for 2 weeks then stopping for 1.5 months.
Training programs are a dime a dozen.
Make sure you're hitting all of your core muscle groups per week, working hard, and sweating and you're on the right path.
Step 3: Make your body work for YOU
Taking the time to go on a proper diet & exercising consistently will change your body to work for you and not against you.
But there is something else you can do as well.
You can take a supplement that helps boost your chances of success.
You know what to do. Now get to it.