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)