A sluggish metabolism and round shape are tell-tale signs that you’re an endomorph. Endomorphs typically have pear or apple shapes and appear overweight. They are curvy and soft. Because you tend to face challenges with weight loss and also carry excess weight in your midsection, following a diet specific to the endomorph body type is beneficial to avoid health conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
Signs of an Endomorph
While an apple or pear shape is one indication that you are an endomorph, there are other signs as well. Endomorphs have a low metabolism and, as a result, they also have very little energy. Since you carry most of your weight in your upper body, particularly your midsection, this affects your posture and your form. Your core is the main factor for having proper form.
Drink Plenty of Water
Water helps speed up your metabolism and boost your energy. Staying sufficiently hydrated with water gives you a feeling of satiation, which prevents overeating and the consumption of excess carbohydrates. Remember excess carbs are stored as body fat so you want to avoid overeating them as much as possible. In addition, drinking plenty of water helps your body rid itself of waste while also removing toxins.
Eat Often and Eat Well
According to the Palm Beach Way, an ideal diet for an endomorph consists of high lean protein, high fiber, high complex carb, low starch, and low fat foods that are spread out in six meals throughout the day. Avoid crash dieting and diet fads as they hinder your progress and often slow your metabolism. Strive for a clean diet by restricting foods that are processed and loaded with refined sugar. Moreover, choose fibrous carbohydrates that are low on the glycemic index. Breads, rice and potatoes should not be a regular part of your diet as they can add unwanted body fat due to your slow metabolism. Your goal is to attain a healthy lifestyle permanently. Therefore, this diet should be viewed as something you will do over a long-term period.
Focus on Cardio
While strength training is important, as an endomorph, your main focus should be doing cardio. You should engage in at least 45 minutes of vigorous exercise five to six times per week. Activities such as walking, cycling and tennis are beneficial forms of cardiovascular exercise for the endomorph body type. In fact, working out twice a day may ultimately be in your best interest.
- Palm Beach Way; Brigitte M. Britton, Layne D. Nisenbaum
- Natural Bodybuilding; John Hansen
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