Why Does Low Testosterone Cause Weight Gain for Men?
Testosterone plays a very important role in regulating metabolism in men and especially when discussing weight gain for men. How the body burns and stores energy and the number of calories you consume are impacted by this hormone. Men with low testosterone almost always have a higher percentage of body fat. The testosterone and weight relationship can also work in the opposite direction. Weight loss can be accompanied by an increase in testosterone.
Obesity can contribute to your body producing less testosterone. Anyone suffering from sudden or extreme weight gain should most certainly see a testosterone specialist, and specifically, one who is also a licensed medical doctor. It is recommended that you see a hormone specialist that you can trust to discuss whether hormone replacement therapy would support you in your weight loss efforts.
In men, body fat has an enzyme that converts testosterone into estrogen. When that happens your body receives a message that it can slow down its production of testosterone. This leads to the storing of more body fat, usually around the belly area. The more pounds you carry, the faster your body burns through your already low levels of testosterone, which again, causes your body to store excess energy as fat…and the cycle continues.
Low testosterone also influences the activity in your limbic system. This area regulates your emotional responses, such as motivation (a good amount of testosterone) or feeling discouraged (low testosterone). Naturally, you are less likely to want to exercise or be physically active if you are depressed.
When testosterone levels are too low your body doesn’t generate new cell growth in your muscle tissue either. This weakens the muscles and you lose strength. Of course, this leads to an inability to be physically active. This is a trend can also be reversed with Low T therapy.
Small doses of this hormone increase feelings of motivation and optimism and increase muscle mass and strength. It’s possible that a consultation at Dr. Berman’s hormone replacement clinic might give you the jump start you need to become more active and start the weight loss process.
The Signs and Symptoms of Low Testosterone
Dieting and Low Testerone
If having low levels of testosterone wasn’t troubling enough, imagine how this hormone affects your endocrine system and influences the regulation of your appetite. A testosterone deficiency, when associated with male menopause, (referred to as andropause) can cause sugar cravings and problems with having a larger than normal appetite. Naturally, this also leads to weight gain, especially in the belly area.
Now for the bad news. Diets also tend to dramatically lower testosterone. It can be hard to lose weight and keep your testosterone levels high enough. But, there are strategies that can help you diet wisely while keeping your t levels as normal as possible.
First, avoid diets that involve eating low fat, high fiber “diet” foods. You should most definitely eat some amount of healthy saturated fats. Research has identified an association between the percent of the energy that comes from saturated fat and resting testosterone concentration. Also ok are monounsaturated fats, like olive oil. These have been known to increase testosterone levels.
When you expend energy to lose weight, this can also lower your testosterone. This is why exercising for weight loss should include some weight resistance training. This will build more lean muscle mass, which increases testosterone. When doing so, you should also eat plenty of protein.
Dieting can be stressful, so to retain as much testosterone as possible, make sure you take the long view. Try not to stress out if you fall off the wagon. Gradually change your food choices and your life choices, and you will lose weight slowly and responsibly. It’s also important to remember that weight loss is easier when you get a solid eight hours of sleep each night. Proper rest helps your body restore its hormonal balance.
To inquire about testosterone replacement therapy, which can help reverse the effects of andropause or hypogonadism, call Dr. Mikhail Berman for a consultation. He has helped hundreds of men gain renewed energy and strength, and lose weight with simple safe Low T therapy.
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Are you experiencing fatigue, weight gain, loss of muscle strength or loss of interest in sex? Are you having trouble with erectile dysfunction? If it is related to a Low T count, you’ll lose nothing by having your hormone health profile assessed at Dr. Berman’s Low T center, except maybe some extra pounds and a bad mood.
You should never attempt hormone replacement using supplements purchased online. Take too little and you will not see relief. If you take too much hormone, and that feeling of being energized might cross over into explosive fits of anger or insomnia. Hormone levels must be closely monitored by a trusted medical professional.
Dr. Berman is a caring and experienced physician and hormone replacement doctor who has helped hundreds of patients feel better and lose those extra pounds. His Low T clinic values your privacy and respects your time. You will never find an overcrowded waiting room or visits that are too short to have your questions answered. This is personalized, custom medical care that will change your life for the better.
Dr. Berman will set up a schedule for you to administer small, simple testosterone injections in the privacy of your own home. Then, he will follow up with regular checkups to monitor your dose, hormone levels, red blood count and all other necessary signs of optimum health. Why wait? Face the challenges of Low T levels head-on with safe and effective testosterone replacement therapy from Dr. Mikhail Berman. Call (561) 841-1837 today.