For most people, there are body types and weights that are considered ideal. It is quite an irony that most people’s interpretations of “ideal” vary as much as cold water differs from hot. In consideration of this rather interesting topic, we will refer to “body types” in which we considered the three main body types which are: Ectomorphs, Endomorphs and Mesomorphs.
We shared that Ectomorphs are those who rarely add weight and have lean muscles; endomorphs are those who can’t seem to shed weight despite their best efforts and their food intake may not be the only indicator for their weight. We then talked about the Mesomorphs who gain more muscles with less exercise and are somewhere between the “Ecto” and the “Endo”.
Considering these body types, for an Endomorph for example, her ideal weight may be shedding as much as 20 kg from his/her current body weight. An Ectomorph may just require a shed of 1 kilogram while a mesomorph may need to shed 4-5 kilograms to stay on his/her ideal weight. Even among the different body types, weight differentials still vary widely.
It is imperative that in shedding weight, you do not do one of these: starve yourself, follow fad diets, and/or start weight management with no plan in place for continuity. What this does in the short-term is help you get your weight down. In the long run, you could injure yourself if the plans you followed are not beneficial to your health or you could become even bigger than the initial body weight you started with.
After having said all these, it is wise decision to know your BMI (Body Mass Index), consider if you really need to shed weight when the Index states that you are beyond your ideal. People like Sylvester Stallone (Rambo), Arnold Schwarzenegger (Commando) and the average professional body builder are not in their ideal weight range. Also, do not compare yourself to any other person who may have won the battle of weight management. Rather, use such person(s) as motivators to getting to your own Uhuru (Paradise). Remember, it is not about starting; it is about finishing well and achieving your goal.
Note: No one person is a body type; we all are at least two body types with one being dominant and the other regressive.