Do you know your body type? You may be a Ectomorph, Mesomorph, or Endomorph. You really need to know the answer to that question before determining a diet or training plan. Diets need to be individualized to you and your body type for you to have optimal results.
Individuals with a ectomorphic body tend to be thin and have less muscle mass. We may see ectomorphs eat whatever they like and gain very little weight. Some may say this is a benefit but for this body type, you must eat constantly due to the metabolism burning at an extremely fast rate.
Small bone structure
Finds it hard to gain weight
Ectomorphs require a lot of calories in order to gain and substantial muscle mass. You may want to consider a good protein supplement to increase your calorie intake. Also consider eating before you go to sleep to help with muscle repair. Focus on compound movements when resistance training to promote strength gains.
Mesomorphs have an easier time putting on fat then Ectomorphs. However, being a mesomorph has its advantages like a disposition to lean body mass and athleticism. Women with this body type know it as the hour glass shape. Mesomorphs tend to be more energetic individuals as well.
Lean well defined muscles
Strong and athletic
Faster muscle mass gains
V shape frame
This body type will respond best to resistance training. Muscle gains are usually seen rapidly, particularly for those just starting weight lifting. Like I stated above the negative of being a mesomorph is that you have a easier time gaining fat. You need to monitor your calorie intake. Usually a complete training program combining weight training and cardiovascular exercise will work best for you.
Endomorphs tend to have a rounded body shape and they store fat easily. If you are an endomorph you must watch your calorie intake and which foods you take in due to your lower metabolic rate. Start with cardiovascular exercise first, followed by proper dieting and resistance training focusing on volume.
Round body type
Gains both muscle mass and fat
Finds it hard to lose fat
Slower metabolic rate
Fat covers lean muscle mass
Of course, you may not fully fit into one of these body types. You are unique may be a combination of two body types. Adjust your training and dieting program properly to see the best results. Regardless, eating a healthy complete diet combined with proper exercise is good for you no matter what body type you may be.