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The Diet of a Mesomorph

by Denton Dean

About Denton Dean

Denton Dean has written about current events and lifestyle issues since 2005. He is a former reporter for "Politicker," a "New York Observer" publication. Dean earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Texas at Austin and his Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago, where he studied health care policy.

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Mesomorphs have athletic, muscular bodies, which can make them ideal bodybuilders. Unlike ectomorphs, who struggle to gain weight, and endomorphs, who struggle to lose it, mesomorphs gain and lose weight relatively easily. Mesomorphs often require a balanced diet with smaller, more frequent meals. Check with your health-care practitioner to determine your proper diet, regardless of your body type.

Body Types

In the 1940s, psychologist William Sheldon classified three body or somatotypes -- ectomorphs, endomorphs and mesomorphs. Each type has distinct physical and personal traits. Ectomorphs are lean and introverted, while endomorphs tend to be round and social. Mesomorphs represent the middle group comprised of well-built, active people.

Features

Female mesomorphs typically have an hourglass shape. Other key attributes include thicker skin, good posture and a solid frame. Due to their overall musculature and lower body fat, mesomorphs make excellent bodybuilders. To imagine the typical mesomorph physique in women, consider Serena Williams as a good example.

Diet/Nutrition

Experts recommend that mesomorphs eat five to seven meals daily. Adequate protein consumption is essential, especially for more active people. Mesomorphs should consume 1.5g of protein per pound of body weight. They should also eat a higher proportion of carbohydrates to protein, says Ultimate Nutrition’s Dr. Peter Fong.

Exercise

Mesomorphs should emphasize building strength and stamina over trying to add muscle bulk due to their naturally muscular bodies. Boot camp training, step classes and pilates are good for mesomorph women, FitIndian.com notes, as this will help improve overall strength and stamina. Weight training with light-to moderate weights and exercise regimens that vary in intensity can also help to improve muscle tone and definition.

Considerations

Mesomorphs' fat is dispersed evenly throughout their bodies, so they can look overweight if they consume too much food or become inactive. Mesomorphs’ metabolism typically falls somewhere between that of ectomorphs and endomorphs, so they have greater flexibility with their diet. Discuss your health needs with your physician, registered dietitian or personal trainer to create an optimal diet or exercise plan.

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