Workout nutrition explained; what and when based on your body type.
The following is a great infographic from Precision Nutrition written by John Berardi and Brian St. Pierre, on what to eat based on your body type and level of activity.
A brief primer on bodytype:
Ectomorphs typically are thin framed, can eat what they want and seem to never gain weight. While this sounds like the perfect scenario; it isn’t the best frame type for developing muscle.
- Small framed and bone structure
- Narrow shoulders
- Lean muscle, minimally developed mass
- Hard to gain weight
- Fast metabolism
Endomorphs typically are of a softer looking shorter build, with thick arms and legs. They tend to gain bodyfat quickly while having stronger developed lower body and legs.
- Gains muscle and fat very easily while maintaining a stockier soft body
- Hard to lose fat
- Muscles not so well defined
- Slow metabolism
Mesomorphs tend to develop muscle easy and have an athletic build; they gain and lose weight easily. Best body type for strength athletes; needs to watch intake as they also gain bodyfat quickly as well.
- Athletic with defined muscles
- Rectangular shaped body
- Gains muscles/fat more easily than ectomorphs
All isn’t lost if you feel you don’t have the right body type for muscle growth. With planning and exercise, most people can manage development for their body type; it may take time and some trial and error to find your sweet spot. Keeping the majority of the quick carbs around workouts helps both fuel the workout and replenish muscle after the workout.
Check out this infographic to see where you fit in.
Where do you think you fall in relation to body type and are the tips in the infographic something you do or might do in the future?
If you’re unsure how much to eat and how to break down how much to each daily of each carb; please see this calculator.