Fitness and Nutrition go hand-in-hand: you can’t have one be effective without adding in the other. All the exercise in the world will not take off those unwanted pounds if you’re eating 5,000 calories a day, and a great diet alone simply won’t build muscles: you need them both to effectively change your body.
The same can be said for fitness and nutrition and low testosterone. Low testosterone, fortunately or unfortunately, has a very strong link to your lifestyle. Eating a poor diet, eating the wrong foods, not exercising, and even taking certain prescription drugs can all have an effect on your testosterone levels. For many people, it may be possible to return testosterone levels to normal simply by changing exercise routines or diets, though to change an exercise routine, you first have to have one!
If you’ve been putting off getting back into the gym (I forgot to go to the gym today – that makes 3 years in a row…) or improving your diet (A bagel has fruit IN it, so it counts right?) and you’re experiencing the symptoms of low testosterone, then you may want to consider a diet and exercise program. Changing your fitness and nutrition situation could help alleviate some of these symptoms, but if they’re not enough, make an appointment with TCT today to see if you suffer from Low T.
Fitness and Nutrition Affect Testosterone Levels
While a lack of exercise can negatively affect testosterone levels, adding exercise to your weekly routine can boost your testosterone levels. In fact, according to an article by Dr. Mercola, lifting weights is not the only type of exercise that can increase testosterone levels: aerobic exercise can do so as well (as long as it’s of the “HIIT”, or High Intensity Interval Training variety). As always, talk to your medical provider before you begin any sort of exercise program.
Lifting weights and bodybuilding is of course the logical method to naturally boost testosterone (though it doesn’t necessarily work if you suffer from abnormally low levels of testosterone, as we discussed in our article about bodybuilding and low testosterone last month), but consider high-intensity aerobic exercise as well. Not only is it possible that high-intensity aerobic exercise may help naturally boost testosterone, but such high-intensity workouts can have other calorie-burning benefits as well.
Let’s not forget the nutrition side of the equation. Testosterone is affected directly by diet (for example, your testosterone levels drop when you eat a lot of sugar). Your testosterone levels are also affected indirectly by your diet as large amounts of belly fat can suppress testosterone levels. Losing 10 to 20 pounds, along with the collective benefits of HIIT, may be all you need to do to get your testosterone levels back up, but you can’t do that with exercise alone – you need a balanced diet, starting with a decrease in sugar intake. Vegetables are also a solid addition to your diet because not only are they low in sugar, but they also take longer for your body to digest, allowing you to go longer between meals and reduce snacking.
However, if you’re going to build muscle, you have to have to have your protein and eat it too. Lean chicken or turkey is a great form of protein that is often low in fat, and you should also consider a few servings of fish each week as well. As with any diet, make sure you consult your medical provider before you make any major changes in your eating habits.
Sometimes Fitness and Nutrition Is Not Enough
If you’ve tried changing your eating habits and you haven’t seen a change, if the symptoms of low testosterone stick around no matter how often you lift weights, then it may be time to consider testosterone replacement therapy.
Click here to set up a FREE consultation with Testosterone Centers of Texas today to see if we can succeed where diet and exercise have failed you.
During your free consultation, we will discuss both the benefits and the risks of any potential treatments, and we can get your testosterone levels tested to know exactly where you stand.
Contact us online today, or call us at 888.828.4300 or email us at [email protected] for more information on how you can set up your free consultation. Don’t suffer with your symptoms any longer than you have to – make a change today.