How Body Type Affects Your Ability to Lose Weight


Different Body Types Working Out in Gym

Sometimes, people make goals to lose a certain amount of weight in a week, month or season. However, they do not realize that shedding pounds too fast can be unsafe. Knowing your body type will help you lose weight faster – and safer.

Your Basic Body Composition

If you think most of your body is made of fat, think again. This is a more accurate picture of what components make up your body:

  • Bodily fluids, lymph and blood – More than 50 percent
  • Body mass – Usually less than 30 percent
  • Your skin – About 15 percent of your body
  • Your bones – About 15 percent of your body’s weight
  • Internal organs – 8 percent of the body’s weight

The above are approximate percentages for the average person. Also, take note that a healthy body mass index is typically between 20-25 depending on your body type and height. Still, you would not want to lose too much muscle especially since muscles burn more calories at rest. When adjusting your diet, you will want to pay attention to your body type and modify your diet and exercise plan accordingly.

Three Primary Body Types

Usually, a doctor or nutritionist will tell you what a normal weight range is when you receive a check-up. However, it can be beneficial to learn more about the three body types.

  1. Ectomorph – This person typically has narrow hips and collar bones, small wrist and ankles joints, stringy belly muscles, long limbs, and an overall thin build.
  2. Mesomorph – A person of this body type usually has wider collar bones, and they have long and round belly muscles. They still have a narrow waist and thin joints, however.
  3. Endomorph – Usually, a person of this stature has an overall stockier figure than someone of the ectomorph and mesomorph body types. They also have a thick rib cage, wide and thick joints, hips wider than the collar bones, and short limbs.

Your weight range usually is determined by an overall assessment of your bones, muscle mass and frame. It is based on your height and weight. To learn more about losing weight fast and safely, contact the Metabolic Research Center for a FREE, no obligations consultation.

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