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Your body type has a take on your weight


I have added a few kilos. I know because I had to jump a little to get into my most comfortable pair of jeans. I could blame it on the steroids I had prescribed couple of weeks back, but I’d be lying because I did not finish the dose. The truth is I took a rather long rest from my usual. In August, I did not run a single day, I danced once or twice in the entire month, and I had a little more of red-velvet (nutritionists have moments too).

Gaining weight or losing it depends on your body type. This dictates the kind of diet you should have, and the kind of exercise we should engage in. It could explain why your losing weight program has not yielded anything in the last month, and why a month break from my routine has resulted in a few more inches.

Ectomorphs are naturally skinny and have a hard time gaining weight. It is also difficult for them to build muscle.  I am sure you know one or two people that joke that they cannot gain weight even if they were dipped in oil. These people have very high metabolism and high carbohydrate tolerance. So the skinny is common but mainly because they under-eat. They don’t give equal measure to their metabolism. So if you fall in this category, you simply have to eat more (junk out of question) if you want to gain weight.

Mesomorphs are naturally built and can gain or lose weight relatively equally. But unlike ectomorphs, their metabolism is not as high although they are able to build muscle a lot more easily than fat. These ones have a little advantage-not much stigma- however you can only get away with a high calorie diet if you are equally physically active. So focus on a quality diet, and don’t forget your vegetables and fruits.

Endomorphs generally have a wide bone structure, heavier bodies and easily gain weight. Their metabolism is quite low, with fat storage being more. If you fall in this category then you ought to regulate and time your carbohydrates. You are safer with more vegetables, fruits, nuts and healthy proteins.

Spirited September!

Christine Nderitu

Licensed Nutritionist and Public Health Practitioner, Christine, helps people lead healthy lifestyles through health education and behaviour change practices that are simple and practical. She writes a weekly (Monday) nutrition column in the People Daily and is experienced in nutrition management, research, health education and promotion in; HIV/AIDS, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Maternal and Child Health and Non-Communicable Diseases. She has been engaged in these activities since 2011. Christine feels the world needs more stories that celebrate and normalize desired (good) behaviour. And humanity-we have many preventable and often manmade public health issues today.