We all know someone who can chow down on burgers, fries, cake, ice cream, and all the sinful good stuff like a madman and not gain a single pound of weight from the binge. Add up to that the fact that sometimes, this person is a couch potato and has probably never set foot on a gym nor touch a single dumbbell his entire life, and yet, is able to maintain a perfectly fine looking figure.
Generally, we just all can’t help but wonder: how is this even possible? Is there a sorcery behind all of this?
Well… the quick answer is no, there are no sorceries involved. And while it does happen and others may call people who eat a ton and not gain weight lucky, the truth is it is all science.
We’re all well aware that no two things are exactly alike, and it’s the same when it comes to our genetics. Others are just built too big, while others, not so much. To have a more in-depth understanding, the human build has three types:
Ectomorphs are people who are built very leanly and they often have trouble packing up muscle. These guys are basically really good at processing carbohydrates and turning them into energy, and as a result, they have this really fast metabolism that can generally torch down fat easily. On one side, ectomorphs have the advantage of eating whatever they want and not worry about getting fat, as opposed to how others do. However, one downside of being an ectomorph is that bulking up is a struggle, and this is due to the fast-twitch fibers of their muscles that are underdeveloped.
Endomorphs, on the other hand, are the exact opposite of the lean ectomorphs. People with this type of body are built to put on fat easily and have trouble when it comes to utilizing carbs as energy, hence contributing to weight gain. Technically, people with this body type are, at some degree, carbohydrate and insulin sensitive. Whenever they take high-carb foods, these are quickly converted into sugar and are most likely to be stored as fat instead of being used as energy. Due to their distinct sensitivity to insulin and carbs, endomorphs carry higher body-fat percentages and have difficulty shedding off weight.
Mesomorphs, lastly, are the “gifted” ones. People with this body type tend to put on a good, proportional amount of both muscle and fat. It’s safe to say that for these people, their metabolisms are on point. If they go on a caloric surplus, however, compared to the ectomorphs, mesomorphs put on a decent amount of weight.
Now… back to those who eat whatever they want and not gain weight
While it is clear that genetics play a huge role in why some people eat like there’s no tomorrow and stay in their current shape, other factors may also be involved, such as their daily activities and routine. There is no doubt that a significant level of energy expenditure on a daily basis may encourage caloric deficit; meaning, whatever these people take in, they also burn off through their activities.
The bottom line
We all have different goals, both physically and health-wise. If you are someone who just loves to eat, but not as lucky as ectomorphs who tend to keep the weight off, then perhaps opting to go for a more intense workout can be the key to keeping the pounds at bay, all while getting to enjoy all the food you want. Additionally, using supplements that can help you burn fat can also help you stay in shape, whether or not your a built like a mesomorph or an ectomorph.
On the other hand, for ectomorphs who are trying to put on weight but have been unsuccessful regardless of how much they eat, then perhaps a good weight training routine and a kickstart to a more macro-specific diet. Moreover, if fat burners and weight loss supplements are beneficial for their opposite endomorphs, then supplements that aim towards weight and muscle gain are definitely beneficial. A good tub of whey, and perhaps a mass gainer, along with a carb-dense diet may just be the key to kickstart the gains train!