guest post! jessie b.

by Janetha on October 2, 2009

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Hello there! My name is Jessie and I am the humble author of the blog Graze With Me where I post my daily musings and of course, my daily eats.
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When Janetha asked me if I would like to write a guest post while she was out of town I immediately jumped at the chance. I love her blog and read her posts religiously. I’m sure you can all agree how amazing her Body For Life stories are! I think her before and after pictures are so inspiring. They definitely keep me focused on healthy eating and exercise.

I brainstormed for a bit trying to think of a topic that I wanted to address with all her wonderful readers (you guys!) and I decided on one that we can all relate to: body types.

As most of you may know, there are three dominant body types: ectomorph, mesomorph and endomorph. These are not all encompassing, many people are a combination of two types depending on their genetic makeup. (Ecto-mesomorph, endo-mesomorph, etc.)

The Ectomorph has a fragile, delicate physique with light bones, small joints and minimal muscle mass. Their limbs are relatively long in proportion to their body and they are very lean. They have small shoulders and a very thin neck. The ectomorph is a very “hard gainer” and must work extremely hard to gain and maintain every ounce of muscle mass. Extreme ectomorphs also tend to suffer from extreme temperatures. They suffer in high heat as well as cold climates due to their lack of muscle mass in relation to their body size. Building large muscles is nearly impossible but overall health and fitness should be the real goal anyway. When choosing an exercise routine, the ectomorph will get better results by concentrating more of their efforts on strength building than cardio, bearing in mind that both are necessary but an educated balance is essential.
Famous ectomorphs are Angelina Jolie, Kate Moss and Edward Norton.

The Mesomorph is extremely athletic, has a great amount of muscle mass and tends to have a larger bone structure. This is a body type most people strive for. Known for their excellent posture, their arms and legs are well developed and they tend to have heavily muscled hands and feet. With a naturally narrow waist female mesomorphs are known for their hourglass figures while male mesomorphs have a hard, rectangular shape. Being blessed with genetic perfection still has it’s downfalls if a proper balance of nutrition and exercise is not maintained. The beauty of this body type is that it responds more readily to diet and nutrition than the other two types. Balance is still the key ingredient, but many small meals is still the best bet (grazing). An even balance of cardio and strength training will serve the mesomorph well.
Famous mesomorphs are Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jillian Michaels.

The Endomorph has a round, soft body with underdeveloped muscles. They can gain muscle just as easily as the mesomorph can but they also gain fat easily and have a hard time losing weight. They tend to carry a lot of weight in their upper arms and thighs which gives them a stocky appearance. Endomorphs have a high degree of body fat, especially around the midsection. They should focus on cardio as their main form of exercise and should balance a healthy diet with a focus on small meals, high amounts of protein and a low fat intake (20%) to lose weight.
Famous endomorphs are Jack Black, John Goodman and Roseanne.

Many people are not 100% one body type. As our society grows, so do the blend of shapes and sizes that we encompass. So why am I talking about this on a food blog? Simple, the foods we eat and the exercises we perform affect each of us differently depending on our body type/s.

I am an ectomorph. 100%. I am 5’8”, 115 pounds and have one hell of a time building muscle. My foods of choice are fruit, veggies, complex carbohydrates, nuts and low-fat meat & dairy. I eat multiple times per day, usually 5, and try to balance all my food groups as much as possible. I focus on both cardio and strength training in my workouts but strength training yields more results. This is what works for me.

However, if I let myself slack in the healthy eats department I gain fat.

Ectomorphs are not generally known for fat gain but any body type WILL gain fat if the caloric intake is higher than the caloric burn. Simple science. Not that I need to remind any of you, I’m sure many of you know what your own body requires from you in order to stay fit.

Needless to say, what works for you may be completely different than what works for anyone else. I know that Janetha also eats multiple times per day but with a heavy focus on 40% protein, 40% carbs and 20% fat. My intake is generally 20% protein, 55% carbs and 25% fat. Some people swear by low-fat diets while some proclaim that vast amounts of good and healthy fats are the best way to maintain a healthy weight without feeling deprived. I think as long as you feel good about your food choices and are happy with your workout routine, that should be all that matters.

I love how different we all are and I think that in our society we need to be reminded of that. So many people try to change their body types in order to fit that mold they deem “perfect”. It’s not healthy to compare ourselves to someone with a completely different shape and size because sometimes it’s just not possible to look like them. As much as I want to look ripped and toned like Jillian, it’s never going to happen! :) As much as I want to be a “runner” and train for marathons, it’s just not in me to do so. I accept that.

I’m a strong believer in moderation. Moderate your food, fun and exercise and you can be all that you are meant to be! Thanks for reading and I hope you will check out my blog, Graze With Me, to share my love of good, healthy food!

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The Foodie Diaries October 2, 2009 at 1:00 pm

I love this post, Jessie! I think I’m a mesomorph/ectomorph mut… not really sure haha. I think my diet is pretty similar to yours–I find that carbs work really well for my body. And I feel really fortunate that that’s the case–bc I love them dearly haha

Tabitha October 2, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Bummer, I am a fine boned, delicate framed, fat prone ectomorph, I wish I was the kate Moss version. If I go a jot over 1300 calories I lay down flab even though I work out 5 times a week.

Courtney October 2, 2009 at 2:36 pm

i really enjoyed this post! i am a mesomorph to a T! thanks for explaining and sharing!

One Healthy Apple October 2, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Great post! I’m naturally an endomorph, with no belly fat- so maybe I am off! I do agree that everyone is different and that’s what is great about blogging!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) October 2, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Hi Jessie, I didnt know about your blog, so it’s great to find you here! And I liked your post alot. body types. We’re all different and that’s beautiful :)

Tay October 2, 2009 at 4:28 pm

That was super interesting! I’ve never heard of those terms!

Alison October 2, 2009 at 6:10 pm

LOVED this post! I’m totally a Mesomorph, I use to hate it but now I embrace it! This was great, thanks Jessie!

Katharina October 2, 2009 at 6:22 pm

I agree, everybody’s body is different. I use to compare myself a lot, and sometimes it’s hard not to. I always feel intimidated around women with very womanly bodies. Sometimes I feel like my body doesn’t fit my age, and I try hard : But it just isn’t happening. So I make the best of it, and focus on being happy.

I’m an ectomorph according to the description. Great that the cold weather is rolling around the corner. GAHHH!

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ksgoodeats October 2, 2009 at 6:25 pm

That’s interesting! I think I’d be an ecto-mesomorph. I have the tiniest wrists on the planet and HATE extreme temperatures (I’m a lost cause on those really hot/cold days). Thanks for the post :)

Katie October 2, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Wow – I feel like I just got an education. I had no idea about ANY of this stuff – and it is oh so interesting. It looks like I, like you, am an ectompoph, this definitely sheds some light on my “always freezing cold” situation – now I can tell people that I am not just a wimp, but it’s genetic. :-)

Julia October 2, 2009 at 10:07 pm

Great post…I can’t really decide which one fits best, because I have some aspects of all 3 of them…hmmm.

J @ Whole Body Love October 2, 2009 at 10:24 pm

Very informative! I like that you gave examples of people with particular body types so we could get a better idea of what that type looks like.

Lara (Thinspired) October 3, 2009 at 1:43 am

I enjoyed this post, Jessie! I think I am a mix of body types. You are so tiny! I am just a hair taller than you and struggled to keep a weight 5 lbs heavier! Definitely no where near that weight now. Thanks for this info. It’s nice to see that we are all different and that’s ok :)

Angharad (Eating for England) October 3, 2009 at 7:14 pm

This is a great post – very interesting and different. I knew about the basic types and know that I basically fit into the ectomorph type but I didn’t know about the temperatures thing – so funny because my body does a terrible job of regulating temperature!

Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian) October 5, 2009 at 9:42 am

i think i am a mesomorph…but i love your underlying message: we are all different and different things work for different people! i try to convey that all the time.

yay – love your blog and you are too cute!

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