Updated: Dec 27, 2022
So we all look at social media, watch TV or flick through magazines wishing we looked like a certain celebrity - however is this realistic? In some cases ladies and gents I hate to break it to you, no matter how much you try you won't look anything like it!
Why you ask? Well it's all down to our genetic makeup and our body types. We are all 'categorised' as such into 3 main body types however we also can portray all 3 types of body within one. The 3 body types are; Ectomorph, Endomorph and Mesomorph.
The ectomorph can be easily spotted in any gym. They are often below the average weight for their height and have a skinny appearance. Ectomorphs tend to have very high metabolisms and often complain of relentless eating with little to no weight gain. Examples of female ectomorphs include: Kate Moss, Audrey Hepburn and Cameron Diaz.
The endomorphic body type is the complete opposite of an ectomorph. This individual will usually be larger in appearance with heavier fat accumulation and little muscle definition. They find it hard to drop the weight even though they try several diets or workout programs Examples of female endomorphs include: Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Lopez, Oprah Winfrey and Beyonce Knowles.
Everyone recognises the mesomorph. These are the people that seem to put on muscle just by looking at weights while also maintaining a very lean physique. The mesomorph is somewhat in between the ectomorph and the endomorph and as such, display qualities from both. They have a larger frame (bone structure) as the endomorph does, but a low body fat percentage as the ectomorph has. You could say this is the aspiring body type that everybody wants. Examples of female mesomorphs include: Jennifer Garner, Tina Turner and Halle Berry.
Body type combinations
Now it is not only possible that you are a combination of the above three body types, but probable! Think about it, what are the odds that you fit exactly into one of the three types perfectly? You are most likely able to identify yourself with one over the other two, but you still might have qualities of some of the others.
In fact, it is rare to be one of the “pure breeds”. Being purely ectomorphic and short will put you at a great advantage to do professional horse racing as a jockey while being a pure endomorph might set you up for sumo wrestling. The negative stigma of body types is only there if you let it. There are many advantages pure breeds have over individuals compromised as a combination. So next time you go to a Personal Trainer or look through magazines and say 'I want to look like this celebrity' your trainer and yourself should realistically look at the difference and see if it is realistically achievable! Don't set yourself up to fail!
On a final and personal note, ladies and gents - enjoy who you're supposed to be not what society tries to tell you to be, we are all beautiful in our own unique ways!