Body types are typically broadly classified under 3 categories; ectomorphs, mesomorphs and endomorphs.
You have probably already come across this ‘body type’ classification and what it represents goes way beyond aesthetics and body composition.
In fact this general classification sheds light on a number of physiological differences, amongst which is how each of these body types metabolize macronutrients i.e. proteins, carbs and fats.
Ectomorphs – slim individuals with smaller body frames (e.g. endurance athletes). This body type can generally optimize lean muscle mass on a macronutrient split in the region of 55% carbs, 25% proteins, 20% fats.
Mesomorphs – medium size bone structure with considerable amount of lean mass (e.g. gymnasts, sprinters, bodybuilders) performing generally well on 40% carbs, 30% proteins, 30% fats.
Endomorphs – individuals tending to carry a higher degree of body fat and mass (e.g. powerlifters). People leaning towards this body type will optimize body composition with a split in the region of 25% carbs, 35% protein, 40% fat.
Naturally, there are other individual variables playing an important role in determining optimum macronutrient split, with the above splits serving as general indicators.
Nobody falls perfectly within one of these 3 body types, but each of us predominantly leans towards a particular type. In my case I would say I am predominantly mesomorph with a lighter degree of ectomorph. In fact I find that I can put on lean muscle mass reasonably quickly on a higher carb diet while also being able to drop fat relatively fast.
To fitness with love,