Ectomorph Body Type and Muscle Building

  • Are you too slim?
  • Underweight?
  • Do you eat a lot, yet your weight does not increase?

If your answers are yes, then don’t worry, and just read further.

Why Am I Slim?

Most probably, your body type is Ectomorph. The Ectomorph body type is a genetically inherited body type that can be recognized from the relatively fewer muscles the person has compared to other body types and the slimness of the person.

How to Gain Weight if You are an Ectomorph?

The best way to change your body shape in case you are an Ectomorph is to work out. Overeating won’t help you much, so don’t waste your time. Even if you ate large quantities of food, your weight would only increase slightly because your metabolic rate is fast compared to other body types.

Gym and the Ectomorph

You may have already tried the gym but got no significant results, and that’s because the Ectomorph body type needs a special type of training for it to gain muscles. Follow those guidelines, and you will be able to change your body shape:

  • It takes time: The First thing you should do if you are an Ectomorph is to be patient. Don’t compare your progress with another friend who has a different body type simply because if your friend had a Mesomorph body type, then his muscles might grow four times faster than yours even if you both make the same effort.
  • Eating alone won’t help: Although eating alone won’t help much, still Eating a lot while training will give you good results. If you started going to the gym, then eat as much as you can. Your metabolic rate is already speedy because you are an Ectomorph, which means you burn food very fast. If you worked out without eating enough, you would be burning your muscles.
  • Rest often: Don’t exercise too much, spend more than 1.5 hours in the gym or go to the gym more than 3 times a week. For other body types, this might be useful, but for an Ectomorph, this will only result in loss of muscle mass.
  • Resistance training: Use resistance training (lift heavy weights and make few repetitions). Using Heavyweights and making fewer repetitions will certainly help your muscles grow.
  • Don’t consume your energy: Don’t do two things that require a lot of energy on the same day. For example, don’t run, go to the gym, then swim on the same day.
  • Eliminate unnecessary activities: Your metabolism is already speedy, so avoid burning more food by avoiding unnecessary activities.

Supplements must be used wisely.

Some people mistakenly believe that nutrition supplements are the solution to their problems. While some of these supplements are really good, they still won’t affect you if you didn’t understand the way your body works.

If, for example, you were a hard gainer, then even if you took supplements, you will hardly gain anything if you were overtraining your body.

Supplements are OK, and they do help, but before you pick any of them, make sure you understand the nature of your body.

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