Ever wondered why you’re going to the gym but not losing weight?
It’s a common misconception that by going to the gym you can eat whatever you want as you are exercising, the truth of the matter is this is not the case. The other misconception is that if you do lots and lots of cardio you are going to lose weight and tone up, again this isn’t always the case.
The truth is we all have different body types, my partner for example can eat whatever he likes and as long as he is training, won’t gain a pound. Frustrating, I know! Me on the other hand, if I look at a doughnut my ass gets a second ass!
Now when I first started training years ago I made the very mistake of thinking that as long as I am working out then my body will naturally go to the shape I wanted it to be. Then I found out about body types.
So the three main body types are Ectomorph, Endomorph and Mesomorph each being totally different from the other.
Ectomorph: Lean and long, with difficulty building muscle. This is usually the type of person that may find it hard to gain weight and tone muscle. This body type will burn off fat very easily and so to gain muscle you will need to cut your cardio down and concentrate on compact workouts, you’re also going to have to up your food intake, especially carbs and protein.
Endomorph: Big, high body fat, often pear-shaped, with a high tendency to store body fat. If you fall into this category then I’m sorry to tell you that you’re going to find it easier to store fat than you are to shift it, but not all is lost. If you up your cardio workouts using LISS and HIIT routines such as short, fast hill sprints then the weight will begin to shift along will a lower calorie intake concentrating on ensuring it is high in fibre.
Mesomorph: Muscular and well-built, with a high metabolism and responsive muscle cells. If this is your body type them you lucky dam sod! You can look like a Greek god/goddess without having to worry too much! This body type is especially lucky with training as you can keep balanced workouts and keep progressing. You can keep your calorie intake to a standard portion of around 1500 for a woman, but be careful not to eat too many fatty treats, your body might be that of an Adonis but you still need to take care of your heart and cholesterol.
So before starting your training, you need to find out what body type you are as you don’t want to be spending all that time in the gym and it does nothing for you. If you’re unsure which body type you are then there are plenty of tests/quizzes you can take online.
Keep active and stay healthy
Until next time folks 🙂