When it comes to weight loss, we're all painfully aware that there's no one-size-fits-all method. The fitness classes that practically guarantee a pound lost per week for one person might barely make the next break a sweat. And no matter how many fruits and veggies you squeeze into your daily diet, the scale refuses to cooperate.
As it turns out, there may be a reason for that.
Research has shown that physical characteristics of a person's body type are linked to metabolic differences among people — meaning some people have faster metabolism and can digest certain foods faster while others have a naturally slower metabolism.
It's important to understand each body type — ectomorph, mesomorph and endomorph — and what it means when it comes to eating healthy to lose or maintain weight. Ahead is a visual representation for each body type depicting what you should be eating for weight loss.
Ectomorphs are classified as thin individuals with a smaller bone structure and leaner muscle than others. They usually have a faster metabolism and can eat carb-y foods without seeing weight gain.
Studies recommend a diet that consists of 55% carbohydrates, 25% protein and 20% fat for ectomorphs. And before you roll your eyes or cringe at the thought of eating more carbs, give it a chance. Carbs fuel your body's furnace, revving your metabolism to keep your weight loss goals on track. In fact, ectomorphs can easily transform fat into energy, which is why carbs are so necessary.
The mesomorph has a medium bone structure with an athletic body build. They can gain muscle easily, burn fat without too much difficulty and maintain low levels of body fat — and can achieve their weight loss goals easiest than most, if eating the correct amount of macronutrients. Mesomorphs should eat a mixed diet of 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein and 30% fats.
Endomorphs have a larger bone structure with higher amounts of total body mass. A slow metabolism is common with endomorphs, which is why it's common to eat five to six smaller meals per day — it helps keep the digestive system on track. Endomorphs should eat more healthy fats (like avocado or coconut oil) than other body types because eating healthy fats will help burn existing body fat. The macro breakdown for endomorphs for weight loss? After cutting 200 to 500 calories per day, 25% carbohydrates, 35% protein and 40% fats.