If you’re struggling to get results, establish what body type you are and work out the best diet and training to get you where you want to go.

If you’re struggling to get results, establish what body type you are and work out the best diet and training to get you where you want to go.

I reckon I’ve got a pretty good husband. He makes me a cup of tea in bed every morning (without fail, even when I have to get up at 4.30am to be on set), and he knows how to tell a girl what she needs to hear, when she needs to hear it. He doesn’t make a fuss over my occasional excesses in shopping, and never asks me how much anything cost when I arrive home sharing the back seat of a taxi with a mountain of retail spoils. He’s a good cook, too, and a whiz around the house.

But right now he’s seriously infuriating me. You see, like me, he’s an avid exerciser and eats all the proper foods – because looking after himself is a high priority. And, also like me, he wants to be right on the money at the beginning of summer because he knows there will be lots of barbecues, socialising, eating, drinking and going to the beach.

So he has decided that he would like to be two kilograms heavier by Christmas – two kilos in two months. I know, it’s weird, but it’s a guy thing. He is naturally slim and he wants to be carrying a bit more muscle for summer. Not a lot. Just a bit.

But here’s the rub: after three weeks of monstrous workouts and eating pretty much any living organism (free-range and/or organic, of course) that can’t outrun him, my hubby has put on … 400 grams. Not even half a kilo, just 400 miserable grams. I can put on 400 grams in an ad break, goddammit! I can put on 400 grams by inhaling damp air, and if I happen to tread on a Cherry Ripe wrapper, I’ll whack on a good kilo. Hate my husband, hate hate hate … The trouble is, when he was being built he was on a different production line. He was on “ectomorph with mesomorph traits”, while I was being carefully crafted on the conveyor belt marked “mesomorph with endomorph traits”.

An American psychologist by the name of William Herbert Sheldon introduced the ectomorph, mesomorph and endomorph classifications in the 1950s while he was trying to find an association between mental characteristics and human physiques.

We all change our appearance as we age, or if our diets and lifestyles alter, but our skeletal structure remains the same. So while there’s stuff we can do to change muscle and fat levels, we’re only ever building on the same foundations.

Michelle’s tip

Nutrition and training techniques vary from one body type to the next.

If you’re struggling to get results, establish what body type you are and work out the best diet and training to get you where you want to go.

From: Sunday Life