By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES
Have you looked in the mirror lately and seen someone almost unrecognizable? You look tired, old and fat. You have lost your mojo, your motivation, and your body. This may not be entirely your fault. You can blame poor diet, lack of exercise, and general sedentary lifestyle for some of it. Lower testosterone levels might also be to blame for the change in you.
This is not an uncommon experience for men across the world. Declining testosterone levels can result in depression, loss of fat-free mass, and change in mood. Increases in body fat and loss of lean mass can be a double-edged sword, with higher body fat levels resulting in a further decline in testosterone levels.
Aging results in decreased hormone and testosterone levels. This decrease raises BMI and alters body fat distribution across the body. This altered body fat state can be attributed to decreases in lean mass.
Do you want to go from this…
Increasing your testosterone levels, either naturally or with the help of testosterone replacement therapy, you can change your body for the better. Having higher levels of testosterone can make you, once again, feel the vigor or youth, increase your lean mass, and decrease your body fat stores.
Research done by Snyder et al. concluded that increasing testosterone levels in men over 65 to what would correlate to mid-normal testosterone levels in young men has positive effects on body composition. With the supplementation, elderly men showed an increase in lean mass and a decrease in fat-free mass. The increases were mainly in the trunk, and in the arms and legs of the participants.
Other research done by Vermeulan et al. concluded that the increasing the levels of testosterone in the body do have positive effects on muscle hypertrophy and increase fat-free mass. They also showed that in several incidences throughout their research, increased plasma testosterone levels had positive effects on fat-free mass, and lower testosterone levels had negative effects on fat-free mass, and increased body fat accumulation.
Supplementing with natural testosterone boosters can help give you back that lean muscular look by shedding some stored body fat and improve your mood. Testosterone administration, under physician guidance, has been used to increase muscular strength and size, and as a way to decrease body fat and increase athletic performance.
Increasing fat-free mass can improve self-confidence, self-esteem, and help promote a positive self-image all with the lean, muscular body that can be associated with increased testosterone levels.
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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES