By Jay Johnson
You might have a friend who can eat anything they want, and never gain an ounce of fat. Why is that? You may know someone who says,“Just looking at food makes me gain weight.” Why is that? Each person is a separate individual with their own genetic make-up. There are three body types and metabolisms that are determined by genetics, gender and compliance.
The three types are:
Ectomorph: Someone with a fast metabolism and low set point (fat thermostat) that has the
ability to stay very lean and has a difficult time building muscle. Ex: A long distance runner.
Mesomorph: Someone with a medium metabolism and medium set point (fat thermostat) that has the ability to stay lean and build muscle. A sprinter or wide receiver.
Endomorph: Someone with a slow metabolism and high set point (fat thermostat) that has the ability to build muscle and store high amounts of body fat. Ex: An offensive lineman.
The majority of the population has characteristics of all three body types. It’s important to under- stand that your genetics and gender are determined at birth, and your compliance (the choices you make with your nutrition, fitness and overall health), will help you reprogram your metabolism to achieve your goals. We are all gifted in different arenas; some people have a very fast metabolism and never have to think about gaining body fat, some are extremely intelligent and some have a great sense of humor. The bottom line is we all have strengths and challenges. The key to success in nutrition and fitness is to understand YOUR metabolism, and what level of compliance is necessary to teach your body to work for you.
Comparing yourself to others will usually lead to disappointment and frustration.
We all have the ability to succeed; we just need to make the choice to be successful.