Monday, 24 June 2013

Testosterone - Importance in Men's Weight Loss

Is your gut bulging out while you still sit in front of the TV with a bag of chips? Well, congratulations. You are secretly turning yourself into a girl.

It’s time for you to get off the couch and start pumping up you testosterone level.

You might be young and in the prime of your age but are you pumping enough testosterone for the ultimate muscle growth and all-around manliness?

Take a test the next time you are in the shower. Stand up straight and take a look down at your jewels. If you are able to see your jewels, I congratulate you. If your belly is blocking the view of your jewels, it’s likely that your testosterone level is nowhere near its peak.

Yes, that belly fat that you are so ‘proud’ of is a testosterone killer and it’s secretly turning you into a chick.

Excess body fat makes men more curvaceous and more often a lovely pair of unwanted men-breast. Body fat contains an enzyme, aromatase that converts testosterone into estrogens, which is the main sex hormone in women. These estrogens will slow down production of testosterone and increase men’s belly fat and activates more estrogens produced. What a vicious cycle.

So what can we do to stop this vicious cycle?

You can reverse this cycle by losing those body fats that’s choking your testosterone production. Get off the couch, lose the chips and start getting healthy and exercise.

You can kick-start by doing heavy lifting and less running. By doing high intensity exercises, it triggers your body to release a great amount of testosterone that stimulates your body’s production of growth hormone which is vital to build your muscle. Not only that, high intensity exercises also uses up your glycogen reserves faster triggering your body to burn more fat for energy.

During the process of building muscle, your muscle fibres are break down due to the stress imposed on them. To repair itself, the fibres will reinforce and restructure to make your muscles stronger and bigger. This entire repair process depends on the bio-availability of your testosterone.

That’s why, the more testosterone you have in your body, the more lean muscle mass you will build. And the more muscle mass you have in your body the more active your metabolic rate will be burning calories automatically even while you are sleeping.

I would recommend more full-body workouts to be done that demand your overall muscles to work at the same time, increasing more testosterones to be released. Isolated exercises such as biceps curl, hamstring curls and etc. doesn’t stimulate your body to release significant testosterones.

Apart from exercise, you have to take care of your lifestyle:

  • Get more sleep of at least 8 hours because lack of sleep will cause your testosterone level to drop.
  • Cut down on alcohol. Excessive alcohol speeds the conversion of testosterone to estrogens.
  • Increase your sexual activities. The more erections you get, the more testosterone is produced. See, being healthy is fun right? It evens helps you burn calories since sex is one of the best all-body workout.
  • Eat healthily and enough calories to aid your body to build testosterone. Healthy saturated fats are also crucial for testosterone production.


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