People with an endomorph body type retain fat and have an overall round appearance. They tend to have large joints and experience serious difficulty in losing weight. Tom Venuto, author of "Burn The Fat," says that endomorphs are "genetically prone to store fat easily due to a slow metabolism." By avoiding specific foods, the endomorph may enjoy some measure of success in his or her weight loss efforts.
Processed and Refined Carbohydrates
In the article "Endomorph Body Type Exercise and Diet" published on Fitness Health Zone.com, the author suggests those with an endomorph body type should avoid any carbohydrate which is quickly absorbed by the body. Carbs such as white flour, high carb fruits, sugar, and refined carbs cause a spike in insulin production and cause the body to retain more fat. Complex carbohydrates are a better choice. This type of carbohydrate is released into the system slowly and does not cause a spike in insulin production. Complex carbs also tend to contain more nutrients than do processed and refined carbohydrates. Examples of complex carbs include vegetables, brown rice, grains, oatmeal, sweet potatoes and bread and pasta made entirely from whole wheat flour.
Too Much Fat
Tom Venuto's article, "Endomorph Body Type Secrets: Are You Eating Wrong for Your Body Type?", suggests the ideal daily ratio between protein, carbohydrates and fats for those with an endomorph body type is 40% protein, 40% carbs and 20% fats. Some endomorphs are especially sensitive to carbohydrate intake. Those people may see better results from decreasing carb intake to 30% of daily calories and increasing fat calories to 30%. Daily carbohydrate intake should not fall much below 20-30%.
High Calorie Foods
In general, high calorie foods cause a spike in insulin production, causing the body to needlessly retain more fat than usual. Calorie dense foods also provide a higher caloric count, while at the same time providing fewer nutrients. For those with an endomorph body type, this causes the person's already slow metabolism to slow even further. It can also lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies. In addition, eating foods high in calories leads to eating more calories throughout the day. High calorie foods include candy, cashew nuts, bacon, cheddar cheese, chocolate, and most oils. Mozzarella cheese, carob, and soy nuts are good substitutes.