Ever wondered what is your body type? Women naturally have more fat than men. This fat is essential for bodily functions and aiding the absorption of vitamins. The body fat range for optimal health is 14 to 30 percent. According to the staff at the Mayo Clinic, the following age-adjusted body fat percentiles are recommended for women:
- 20-40 yrs. old
Underfat: under 21 percent, Healthy: 21-33 percent, Overweight: 33-39 percent, Obese: Over 39 percent
- 41-60 yrs. old
Underfat: under 23 percent, Healthy: 23-35 percent, Overweight: 35-40 percent Obese: over 40 percent
- 61-79 yrs. old
Underfat: under 24 percent, Healthy: 24-36 percent, Overweight: 36-42 percent, Obese: over 42 percent
What is your body type? Use the information below to find out.
This is the body type that is the most resistant to weight gain. Ectomorphs have a fast metabolic rate and are able to overeat while gaining little weight! They have very little observable body fat, are slightly muscled and have small frames.
Mesomorphs can gain and lose weight easily and can build muscle quickly. This body type usually has a long torso and short limbs. Women who are mesomorphs are often strong and athletic. They also have higher percentages of fast-twitch (skeletal muscle) fibers which allow them to gain muscle mass quickly.
Endomorphs are softer and rounder than the other body types. They are naturally curvy and tend to have fuller figures. People with this body type often struggle to keep their body fat percentage in check. The good news is, they are not destined to be overweight if they workout and eat the right foods that can fire up their metabolism.