Characteristics of the Endomorph


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Of all the three different body types the endomorph will have the most difficulty losing fat. Ironically, endomorphs can gain muscle rather quickly.

Endomorphs are characterized by their pear shaped body and often larger frame. They are much more efficient at storing calories while having a slower metabolism.

It might even appear on the surface that an endomorph can just look at food and gain weight. It will take greater effort to get into shape but it can be done.

The term was coined in the 1940's by American psychologist Herbert Sheldon. He first used his findings to try and associate body types with human temperament types.

While the psychological findings are a little outdated they do come in handy when assessing different body types in relation to health and fitness. Once you know your type you can gear your diet and exercise toward your particular type.

There is a stereotype that endomorphs are slow and lazy and is even sometimes portrayed in the media. This is far from the truth. In fact, a lot of endomorphs often work harder to try and get into shape than the ectomorph or mesomorph.

No one is one hundred percent one body type or another. However, a closer examination can often tell you which type you are.

Do you have any of these traits?

  • Difficulty losing fat
  • Round and soft body
  • Slow metabolism
  • Pear shaped physique
  • Often sleepy
  • Underdeveloped muscle
  • Weight loss is very slow

If you can start identifying with a lot of these characteristics then you might be an endomoprh. For comparison, famous endomorphs include Danny DeVito, Jack Black, Kevin James, Oprah Winfrey, Kate Winslet and Marilyn Monroe.

Once you identify that you do lean more to be endomorphic in nature you can then adjust your diet and exercise accordingly. This will be a great aid in your ability to lose body fat.

You do not have to be overweight but you will have to work a little harder. While this doesn't seem fair it must be accepted.

The good news though is that it is not impossible! You simply have to be more strict and focused to achieve your dream body.

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