How a good diet contributes heavily to your body
Finding a diet that works for you isn’t as easy as just logging onto the internet and picking a regime that your favourite sporting hero does, it’s a much more complex programme that goes further than lifting some weights and doing a few sit-ups. What might have worked so well for someone you know might not exactly have the same effect on you; such is the beauty of our unique genetic coding. If you create a list of everyone you know then the chances are that they will all in some way have a different body type to one another, whether they are small and stocky, or tall and skinny, each one of them has a body type that will react differently to a fitness regime.
That’s why it is important to understand the benefits of having a good diet, because what you eat contributes heavily to the way your body functions. Think of it as an engine and the food you put in is the oil – if you choose to eat wisely and monitor the amount of calories you ingest, then you will have a well-oiled machine that is working at maximum efficiency. If however, you choose to be careless with your diet, then the consequences could have a detrimental effect to your fitness and all those hours you put in at the gym will have been in vain. As mentioned before though, each of us has a different body type and so this affects the way we diet and the way we train, meaning that depending on your body’s ‘morph’ (Ectomorph, Mesomorph, Endomorph) you will have to alleviate its design.
Understanding the morphs
There are three forms of ‘morphs’ that can determine what your body type is and how it adapts to the physical changes that you introduce to it through training. These include:
Ectomorph: The first category is the ‘ectomorph’, which is typically associated with tall, skinny people and is without doubt the hardest body type to put on size, but it’s not impossible. One good thing about ectomorphs is that when they do eventually put on muscle size it has the best results, giving you an impressively ripped body.
Mesomorph: Mesomorphs are lucky as they have the perfect body for putting on size and for losing weight. If you want to put on size or just get ripped, then you can achieve this relatively easy in comparison to the other morphs. Finding the right diet depends on exactly what look you are trying to achieve. If you want to put on size then a diet similar to ectomorph’s would be useful, with an increase in carbs and protein.
Endomorph: Having an endomorphic body type can be a pain when trying to lose weight, as you tend to gain weight quickly and carry more body-fat. It’s not all doom and gloom though because with the right diet and training these body types are some of the biggest, most muscular physiques on the planet. In order to get the best results then it is advisable to avoid carbs at all costs; you need to keep your metabolism as high as possible while keeping blood sugar levels low
Eating at the right time
Your diet depends entirely on how big you want to be, whether you want to gain body mass for building muscles or just want to maintain a healthy lifestyle and stay in shape. Say for instance you want to get big and well it isn’t just a case of lifting heavier weights each time you go to the gym – you have to balance your daily calorie intake for maximum benefits. Throughout the day you need to send constant signals to your body, so that it can adapt to the direction you point it in. It’s better to eat ten small meals on a regular basis throughout the day then to eat three large ones at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Once you do this often enough, your body will start to adapt to the challenge you set it, and you gradually evolve to your desired target – giving you a healthier and balanced lifestyle.