Wouldn’t it be nice if, in the realm of dieting, there were some straight answers? I mean, we hear a lot about who’s tried what, and what it did for them, but we’re always left wondering: Would it work for me, though?
You may be willing to try it, but on some level, it would help if you had an idea that it could potentially work for you for a specific reason. The truth about diets is that they are complex. They’re complicated because the human body is complex, and the intricate differences from person to person are endlessly versatile. Is it really any surprise that there isn’t one diet that’s ideal for everyone?
Knowing Your Body Type
We may not have all of the answers when it comes to dieting, but what we do have are some clues about what could work. One of these is using what you know about your body type to your advantage. One way to understand body type is by making a somatotype distinction.
Mesomorphs: They typically have higher muscle mass proportion and respond quickly to diet changes. Protein intake is a strong determinant.
Ectomorphs: Usually slender in frame, they commonly characterized by long limbs low body fat. They may experience trouble gaining weight.
Endomorphs: Sensitive to insulin, limiting any foods that are metabolized as sugar is recommended. They tend to carry mass in their lower body and thrive with a high protein diet.
If you’re not sure of what your somatotype is, take the quiz.
A Note from GR8NESS
While these recommendations are based on the understanding of somatotype, it is important to remember that all of our body types are unique. That said, a person may have any combination of these body types. To become better informed on your body type, consult with a licensed dietitian, and asses your body composition.