It has been well documented that low testosterone, or Low-T, can lead to weight gain, particularly that “spare tire” around the middle for men over 50! But, is the opposite also true? Can testosterone therapy help you to lose weight? Current research into testosterone therapy indicates that the answer is “yes.”
Increasing your testosterone level can help you to lose weight and keep it off in a number of ways.
It is probably no “news flash” if I told you that the best way to manage your weight is to eat a balanced healthy diet and to exercise. Time and time again, the research has shown that fad diets, radical calorie reduction, and other “quick weight loss” schemes, are never as effective as merely eating right and exercising enough. Those other kinds of diets may take weight off in the beginning, but they never work for long-term weight loss. Have you ever wondered why? Because reducing fat intake, and exercising to build lean muscle, is the way to go!
Your body cannot build muscle when it is in “starvation mode.” On the other hand, muscle craves fuel, muscle burns calories – even when you are at rest. That is where testosterone comes into play. Similar to another essential hormone, growth hormone, testosterone is essential for building lean muscle. Increased muscle mass, boosts your metabolism and leads to successful long-term weight loss. However, helping you to build muscle is only one way that testosterone therapy can help you to lose weight.
Testosterone and Weight Loss
We know that there is definite link between low testosterone and obesity. Low testosterone and obesity create a kind of “vicious cycle.” Fat, especially belly fat, negatively impacts your ability to produce testosterone, and lower testosterone makes it easier to store more fat. Low testosterone may also contribute to insulin resistance, which leads to more stored fat, and could also lead to diabetes.
A recent study found that over the course of five years, obese men on testosterone replacement therapy lost an average of 35 pounds each. Their body mass index also dropped from 34 to 29, moving them from the obese to overweight category. This coincided with improved cholesterol and triglyceride levels, as well as lower blood pressure. But what is the link? Why should increasing testosterone, lead to weight loss? There are actually several good reasons.
- The number one complaint of men with Low-T, is a lack of energy and motivation. When you are tired and depressed, you do not exercise, and tend to make other poof lifestyle choices, such as stress overeating, which can lead to weight gain.
- Low testosterone also causes poor sleep. A direct link between disturbed sleep and increase risk of obesity has been well documented in the medical literature.
- Testosterone therapy increases your metabolism, and your body’s ability to burn fat. In this way, testosterone is not only helpful in weight loss, but more importantly in fat loss, particularly hard to lose belly fat. It is belly fat that puts obese men at a greater risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
- Testosterone improves mood and can increase motivation and drive, making it more likely you will exercise, and lead a less sedentary lifestyle.
Overall, there is no question that healthy testosterone levels are important for achieving and maintaining your ideal weight.
Testosterone Therapy and Healthy Aging
In addition to helping you burn fat and build lean muscle, there are many other “anti-aging” benefits of testosterone therapy.
Declining levels of testosterone as you age contributes not only weight gain, but to fatigue, loss of muscle mass, loss of bone density, poor sleep, and even sexual issues – all of the things we normally attribute to “aging.” Testosterone therapy:
- Increases your energy
- Aids in fat loss, weight reduction, and muscle gain
- Provides enhanced ability to think more clearly and improves cognition
- Leads to more stable moods, a reduction of aggression and anxiety
- Enhances sexual performance and improves your sex drive
- Increases vitality and combats fatigue
- Provides for better, deeper, more restful sleep
- Reduces fat, particularly “belly fat ”
- Increases lean muscle and improves bone health
If you are a man over 40, have been putting on weight, and finding it increasingly difficult to take it off, you may be a candidate for testosterone therapy. Why not contact our offices today, to see if testosterone replacement therapy is right for you.