Because thin females and muscular males are seen as the ideal in our society and because we have come to believe that body size and shape are totally under a person’s control, most people enter diet and exercise programs with unrealistic goals and expectations.
If you continually strive to achieve a socially imposed ideal, you will never be free of your insecurities or your self consciousness. You must truly realize and then learn to accept that we are not all meant to be fashion model size.
In fact part of what makes the human race so distinctive is that we all come in different shapes and sizes.
Our body size and physical structure reflects not only our eating and exercise habits but also our genetics. The role this latter factor plays in determining weight seems to vary greatly between individuals.
We are all born with a certain body type that is inherited from our parents, nothing can be done about that absolute fact and there is no point blaming parents for body type.
Possible Body Types
Although hardly anyone is a pure body type, there are three different applicable categories: ectomorphs, mesomorphs, and endomorphs.
Characteristically, ectomorphs have a light build with slight muscular development. They are usually tall, rangy and thin with small frames and narrow hips and shoulders.
Mesomorphs have a husky, muscular build. They often have broad shoulders, and their weight is concentrated in the upper body, making them look compact, broad or stocky.
Endomorphs are characterized by a heavy, rounded build with shoulders usually narrower than their hips. They have a round, soft appearance and are more often overweight or obese.
When we understand and appreciate our bodies, we are able to work with them, not against them.
Although many of us are a combination of two body types, we cannot become what we are not. The trick is in making our body work for us.
However, everyone can improve their appearance and their health and performance levels by implementing the principles of a safe and effective eating and exercise program.