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Female Endomorph Body Type: Best Diet & Workout Routine For Getting Lean

By Rachael Attard, Updated Jun 10, 2021
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This one is for my endomorph girls!

I received A LOT of questions asking me whether it is possible to achieve a lean body and slim down your legs as an endomorph female.

The short answer is- yes, definitely! But, in order to do so, you need to exercise and eat right for your own body type.

It’s worth noting that while endomorph women are blessed with a naturally curvacious body (mostly pear-shaped) that some of us are striving for, it might take them a little bit more time to lean down in comparison to other body types.

In this article, I’ll cover the main diet tips and the best workout regime for endomorph girls.

I will also explain exactly what to do to get a lean body and especially focus on getting slim legs as an endomorph, without bulking up in the process.

What Is An Endomorph Female Body Type?

endomorph female body type features

Endomorph girls have a naturally larger bone structure and are generally curvy, with a higher level of body fat.

They usually have narrow shoulders and wider hips and tend to have a bit shorter limbs compared to the other two body types.

Women with this body type will store most of their fat in their hips, thighs, lower abdomen- instead of distributing it evenly, which is why this body type is often referred to as ”pear-shaped”.

Endomorphic women gain both muscle and fat very easily and it can be quite challenging for some to achieve a lean body through diet alone.

Endomorphs have strong muscles (especially in their lower body) and losing body fat for the endomorph girls will probably take a bit longer compared to the other body types (mesomorph & ectomorph).

How Do You Know If You Are An Endomorph Girl?

This is pretty simple as I have created a free body type quiz which will tell you which body type you are in 2 minutes.

If you confirm you are an endomorph, keep reading to find more details about your perfect diet and exercise regime. :)

Who Are Some Famous Endomorph Women?

celebrity endomorphs

Before jumping to diet and nutrition for endomorph girls, let’s get some proper inspiration from a few gorgeous endomorph celebrities: Rihanna, Scarlett Johanson, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Sofia Vergara (to name a few).

And these women are perfect examples of endomorphs proud of their curves.

I mean you share your body type with Rihanna and Queen B! Own it! :)

Now, let’s have a closer look into what you should be eating as a female endomorph to get lean and what would be the ideal workout plan for your body type.

The Best Diet For an Endomorph Girl

Girls with endomorphic/ pear-shaped bodies are more sensitive to calorie consumption than ectomorphs and mesomorphs for example.

Endomorphs must carefully watch their food intake to ensure they don’t consume more calories than they burn.

You should be in a slight calorie deficit, but not too much as you will be working out intensely and need to fuel your body for your workouts.

To work out how many calories you should be eating, read my blog post here, or use a calculator below. It will help you determine your daily calorie intake.

What Should Female Endomorphs Eat Exactly?

endomorph female diet should be high fat and protein and very low carb

The best way to drop body fat is to focus on protein and fats- they are your best friends!

Make sure you’re eating a whole-foods healthy diet that is high in protein and fats and low on carbs.

Good sources of protein include:

  • fish
  • lean meat
  • eggs
  • beans
  • protein powder
  • yogurt

Good sources of healthy fats include:

  • avocado
  • nuts
  • seeds
  • nut butter
  • olives
  • olive oil
  • coconut oil
  • macadamia oil

Should Endomorphs Eat a High-Carb Diet?

Unfortunately, carbs are NOT your friend.

Your body type typically has a slower metabolism and cannot get away with a high carb diet or too many naughty treats so you must be disciplined.

You still need to eat carbs as they are absolutely essential for your body to function.

But, make sure you’re sticking to a low carb diet and are avoiding processed foods as much as possible.

Good sources of carbs include:

  • green vegetables (broccoli, kale, asparagus, romaine lettuce)
  • sweet potato
  • brown rice
  • oats
  • berries
  • legumes

But, try to make sure your main source of carbs is vegetables.

I would even limit fruit intake (maybe just focus on berries as they are the fruit with the lowest amount of carbs).

The timing of your carb intake is also very important. Ensure that you focus on eating carbs within one-hour post-workout.

Post-workout, your body needs carbs to replenish your body, NOT store fat.

This is the absolute best time to consume carbs, whether it be morning or evening.

How Many Carbs Should an Endomorph Eat?

Because your body does better on a low carbohydrate diet, I would suggest the following macronutrient breakdown:

  • 20-25% carbohydrates
  • 45-50% fats
  • 30% protein
best diet tips for endomorphic girls

This is quite low in carbohydrates, so it is important to make sure that you are eating carbs that are high in fiber (such as vegetables).

The daily fiber requirements are 15g fiber per 1000 calories.

So, if for example, you eat 1500 calories per day, you should be eating a minimum of 22.5g fiber.

Fiber makes a HUGE difference as to how full you feel (and, of course, your bowel movements) so it should be factored in!

I also have a FREE 7 Day Slim Legs Meal Plan that you’ll find helpful for kick-starting your journey to getting lean!

The Best Exercises For Endomorph Girls

If your goal is to get lean & toned, your number one goal should be fat loss, but if without gaining too much muscle in the process.

Endomorph women find it harder to lose fat, but they can also bulk up easily which can lead to feeling like you just got ”bigger” after you started working out.

weekly workout plan for endomorph girls to get lean

Example of a workout plan for Endomorphs:

  • Resistance training 3 times per week. K
    Keep your resistance sessions low weight (or body type only) and high rep. Here is an example of a full-body lighter resistance training session that you can do.
  • At least 20 minutes of power walking after every resistance training session (to burn more fat)
  • 2-3 days of high-intensity cardio only (preferably running)
  • Power walking at least 5 days per week (for at least 45 minutes each)
  • One rest (or active) recovery day

Related post: How To Lift Weights Without Getting Bulky

Should endomorphic females lift heavy weights?

You should be careful with lifting heavy weights as you can bulk up very easily.

Again, if your goal is to get lean and drop body fat, this might not be ideal for you.

If your goal is to bulk up and gain muscle, then, by all means, go for it!

Otherwise, I recommend sticking to the lighter resistance training sessions using resistance bands and light weights OR bodyweight only workouts.

For some more ideas, check out my free Lean Legs program workouts.

All of the workouts featured on my blog and Instagram are designed to get you lean, without any fear of bulking up, so I can wholeheartedly recommend that you check them out.

Endomorph Cardio Plan For Getting Lean

best cardio for your body type is definitely walking

When it comes to the best cardio for endomorphs, I strongly recommend doing a lot of walking!

Walking is great for endomorphs as it:

  • Helps reduce fat on your legs
  • Burns calories (more than you think!)
  • Won’t bulk you up

Try to do as much power walking as you can; as I mentioned above, at least 5 times per week for 45 minutes per walk.

Also, I’ve written a very detailed blog post on why you should most definitely incorporate walking into your workout routine if you want to slim down your legs.

Is Running Good For Endomorphs?

You should combine low-intensity cardio (walking) with at least 2-3 days of moderate-high intensity cardio only.

Running at a steady pace and on a flat surface will work best for your body type and will help you achieve fat loss in your lower body and slim down your legs.

For the best results, I suggest you give fasted cardio a try.

Some endomorph women (especially if you are shorter) can get bigger legs from running because running, of course, builds some muscle.

If you know this is the case for you or if you are shorter, it might be best to avoid running and stick to power walking instead.

running for an endomorph female may not be the best cardio

How Many Rest Days Per Week Should Endomorphs Take?

You should have at least one rest day.

Rest is very important to help your body recover and prevent injury. If this program is too much, start out with a less intense program and work your way up.

Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see immediate results. It will take you longer to see a difference, but you just need to persist!

Your legs will probably be the last place that you see any weight loss (this is normal for most females), so if you’re seeing fat loss in your upper body and stomach, then keep going!

That means you’re on the right track to getting rid of that stubborn fat on your legs!

Everyone is different, but it may take up to 8 weeks to see any noticeable difference.

So, my lovelies, there you have it – how to get lean legs – endomorph female tips. Try it out and let me know if you liked it!

The Best Way to Slim Down Your Legs as An Endomorph Girl

If you really want to slim down your legs and transform your whole body from bulky to lean and toned, you should check out my 3 Steps to Lean Legs Program!

My program has 3 different versions, one for each body type. That way, you can be sure you’ll get the best possible results. 

It combines cardio with resistance training and it has a complete 8-week meal plan tailored to an endomorph female. :)

Also, the resistance training part of my program now has FULL-LENGTH videos that you can follow from warm-up to cool down.

Just look at some of my gorgeous endomorph Lean Legs girls’ results!

endomorph female before and after results
endomorph girl before and after body photo results

To find out more about my 3 Steps to Lean Legs Program click the link below:


To find out more about my FULL-LENGTH VIDEOS, follow this link: 



Rachael xx

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Rachael is an Australian born certified personal trainer and nutritionist who holds a Bachelor degree in Science.

After struggling for years to find an exercise and diet program that is tailored to women striving for lean and toned body with no bulk she designed her Lean Legs Program. This program is tailored to each body type and focused on helping women get toned but feminine bodies, without getting bulky.

Her mission is to empower women and help them stay in shape in a healthy and balanced way.

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339 comments on “Female Endomorph Body Type: Best Diet & Workout Routine For Getting Lean”

    Radha says:


    I am a pear shaped endomorph with prominent saddlebags and butt. My legs do tend to bulk up easily.
    Here’s what I am planning on doing.
    2 days of Yoga
    2 days of reformer pilates
    2 days of cardio
    All of these with 45 minutes of power walking everyday.

    I have two questions.
    Are the combination of yoga and pilates good enough as resistance training? Or do I need weight training?
    Given that my legs bulk up easily but I have saddlebags, what kind of cardio (and for how long) should I do on cardio days?

      Lean Legs Support says:

      Hi lovely,

      If your goal is to slim down your legs, there are 3 steps you should follow – do the right type of cardio, do bodyweight resistance training, and adjust your diet for weight loss.
      I have a very detailed blog post that will help you learn how to slim down your legs so please go give it a read.

      It will definitely help! :)

      Also, you can check out our 3 Steps to Lean Legs Program. It was designed specifically for girls who are struggling to slim down their legs. :)

      If you have any other questions, feel free to email us at info@rachaelattard.com! xx

    Nancy Xiong says:

    I am an Endomorph body type. What would be the right type of cardio and resistance workouts?

    Nancy Xiong says:

    Hello Rachel,
    I just got back into working out again. I started working out at the end of June and was at 191 lbs and today I weigh at 183 lbs doing the Elliptical for 1 hour and straight to the sauna for 30mins(I do this 5 days a wk and going to change it to 6 days a wk); since I had an auto accident that I can no longer run or jog anymore. Do you think I am on the right track? Or if not, what can I do to lose weight even faster? I am looking to get slim and lose weight.

      Lean Legs Support says:

      Hi lovely,

      If your goal is to slim down, you should do the right type of cardio and resistance workouts for your body type and you should also adjust your diet for weight loss(applying a calorie deficit). If you don’t know your body type, feel free to take Rachael’s Body Type Quiz and email the results to info@rachaelattard.com so we could give some general guidelines. :)


    Nicole says:

    Hi Rachel

    I have been doing insanity max 30 and I’m currently in month 2 now. I don’t see results in my body fat and it really depresses me, my thighs only seems to be getting bigger. Should I just run and walk instead to lose weight and slim down my thighs or should I continue with Insanity max 30? Please help.

      Lean Legs Support says:

      Hi lovely,

      Everyone gets results at different rates. And if you’re an endomorph, it might just take you a little longer. If your goal is to slim down your legs, there are 3 steps you should follow – do the right type of cardio, do bodyweight resistance training and adjust your diet for weight loss.
      I have a very detailed blog post that will help you learn how to slim down your legs so please go give it a read.

      It will definitely help! :)


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