Know Your Metabolic Type, Get More Out of Workouts

Deepti Khatuja, Head Clinical Nutritionist, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon elaborates, “People are born with an inherited body type based on skeletal frame and body composition. Most people are unique combinations of the three metabolic body types – ectomorph, mesomorph, and endomorph.”

Dietitian, nutritionist, diabetes educator, and founder of a wellness platform, Shivani Kandwal, defines these metabolic types in the following manner:

  1. Endomorphs: Those with a softer, rounder body type or what can be defined as a short, stocky shape. Consider yourself an endomorph if you build muscle and/or fat readily yet struggle to remove fat. Endomorphs have a slow metabolism, therefore gaining weight is simple for them (most of which is fat, not muscle).

  2. Ectomorphs: Those with a smaller frame and have a more compact bone structure. They’re naturally slim and lean, and it’s difficult for them to put on weight. They have a fast metabolism, allowing them to burn calories more quickly than people with slower metabolisms. Ectomorphs require a high calorie intake to gain weight.

  3. Mesomorphs: Also known as the athlete’s body, this refers to those with a rectangular-shaped body with a muscular build. This body type is more prone to gaining weight than the ectomorph, so keep your caloric intake under check. In comparison to endomorphs, they also have an easier time reducing weight.


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