An ectomorph is born with a particular body type, inherited from the most dominant traits you’ve picked up from your family.
If you tend to find it hard to put on weight, whether fat or muscle, no matter what you eat, you are an ectomorph.
This somatotype is known to be long limbed and slender.
If you are naturally pencil shaped with narrow shoulders and hips you have more than a touch of the ectomorph about you.
While being an ectomorph is certainly not the worst thing that can happen to you, you would rather be a mesomorph. Why should you want to be a mesomorph?
Well a true mesomorph is the ideal human physique. These people are born with a decent metabolism and a balanced bone structure. They are naturally athletic and find it easy to build muscle whether lean or mass.
Now it’s really no use envying the mesomorphs. Rest assured that the female ectomorph gets more than her fair share of envy as well.
The male ectomorph, however, is the true “hard gainer” of gym circles. Fortunately there are plenty of diet and exercise programs that allow the male ectomorph to overcome this “I can’t put on muscle” problem. The results can be spectacular, depending on your determination.
As an ectomorph, you can eat just about whatever you please and plenty of it without it going to your hips, waist and thighs. However when you choose to eat junk (bucketsfull of saturated fats and simple carbs) your body is going to look as flabby and uncared for as anyone else’s. You can just hide it better. But you and your bathroom mirror know your terrible secret.
What’s more your poor diet is going to take a toll on your health. Plenty of ectomorphs have high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, dangerously high cholestorol and even worse diet related chronic conditions.
An ectomorph more than the other 2 somatotypes, must eat often, at regular intervals or you are going to run out of energy fast. No energy = no exercise = no body tone. No way to live your life.
The trick is to have enough complex carbs, proteins and unsaturated fats in easy reach to prevent you from going for the fast food option, which is going to do your body no good at all. Fatty and sugary fast foods will not provide the essential nutrients you need.
Though you cannot change your bone structure (without expensive and risky surgery) you can change your shape somewhat by building lean or bulk muscle mass. You can build up your shoulder muscles by using reeasonably light weights. You can get some waist definition with ab targeting exercises. You can develop well shaped and toned legs without resorting to an exhaustive cardio program.
In order to make the most of the body you’re in, you need diet and exercise according to what an ectomorph body responds best to. Work smarter not harder and your body will reward your efforts.