What is the best diet & exercise for your body type? (Part One)

Struggling to lose excess weight or wondering just why you can't gain any muscle? To take your physique to the next level it may be helpful to know your body type (somatotype) and how knowing what type it is could influence a successful outcome.  By eating the right foods and exercising in the way that is best for your particular body type success may be closer than you think.  Below you can see the three distinct body types consisting of Ectomorphs, Mesomorphs and Endomorphs.  

In this blog (Part 1) we will help you identify which body type you are. Most people may find they have a mix of types, however, there is usually characteristics of one type that resonates most with each person and this would be classed as your dominant body type. 

Source:Rodale Wellness

Source:Rodale Wellness


  • Long, lean and willowy with a small frame
  • Small shoulders, chest and buttocks
  • Low body fat percentage
  • Hard to gain muscle mass
  • Low muscular strength levels - finds resistance training a challenge, prefers low slow cardio
  • Hard to gain weight 


  • Gains muscle easily
  • Naturally muscular and strong
  • Naturally lean
  • Broad Shoulders
  • Gains fat easier than Ectomorphs


  • Harder to lose body fat and to keep it off
  • High body fat percentage (may be overweight)
  • Body shape more rounder, softer or curvier, or pear shaped
  • Gains fat very easily
  • Larger shoulders
  • Sensitive to processed and refined carbohydrates 

Part 2 of our follow on blog will detail the appropriate training and nutrition that will help you get the most success for each body type.  Be sure not to miss the next blog by subscribing FREE. (On the right hand side of this page)

A nutritious, body moisturising, face cleansing wonder

Here at RHPT we love coconut oil.  It has an impressive array of nutritious and beauty benefits.



Coconut oil does not produce an insulin spike in your bloodstream after consuming it but does provide you with energy that could help fuel your workouts. It is comprised of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) which are immediately converted by your liver into energy rather than being stored as fat. 

Here's two top ways to use coconut oil:

1. Try eating a small spoonful on its own before a workout or adding it to homemade soups, tea or coffee. We highly recommend using it instead of  vegetable oils for cooking (much healthier alternative as it can withstand higher temperatures without being damaged like other oils). 

2. We also love to use coconut oil as a facial cleanser, pre- shampoo hair conditioner, body moisturiser and a make up remover!  Massage a small amount of coconut oil onto your face and over your eyelids to remove eye make up and simply wipe away using cotton wool pads and there you have it, an inexpensive make up remover, excellent facial cleanser and a moisturiser in one!

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