Wondering about testosterone replacement therapy and weight loss? You’re not alone.
So many guys with low T struggle with burning fat. It’s one of the most common problems associated with testosterone imbalances.
But will going on TRT make you drop 100 pounds in a month? Not quite. However, you will notice incredible changes in the way your body handles fat loss. Read on to see how.
Fat, Testosterone, Estrogen and You
Alright, let’s talk about fat. We’ve written before that one of the side effects of having low T is packing on fat, and having a tough time burning that fat.
That issue is compounded by the fact that low T inhibits muscle growth, which can leave guys looking way more out of shape than they should, based on diet and exercise alone.
This is also a vicious circle, where fat can actually inhibit T levels, causing you to get fatter, have lower T, get fatter, etc. Here’s why…
Testosterone levels drop as we age. We knew that already. But did you know that your estrogen levels pretty much stay the same?
Estrogen promotes body fat retention. Body fat, in turn, produces aromatase (especially abdominal fat). The best way to describe aromatase is a testosterone assassin.
Aromatase is responsible for converting testosterone into estrogen—the more fat you have, the more T gets converted to estrogen. The more estrogen you have, the more easily you put on fat. Not good.
Drop the Fat
But simply going on TRT as a magic cure-all is NOT always the answer! TRT works best in conjunction with a healthy diet and physical exercise—not just walking on the treadmill once per week, but heavy weightlifting too.
Even on testosterone replacement therapy, if you have significant body fat, that fat will act as a “sink” for your injected T, sucking it up and converting it to estrogen. Yes, T helps balance your body fat—but it’s not a miracle worker!
Of course, some doctors will say to simply use aromatase inhibitors—drugs that block aromatase from converting T to E. But that’s like plugging a dam with a wine cork, and it doesn’t address the underlying problem.
Testosterone—Fat Maintenance, Not Liposuction
Injecting testosterone isn’t a magic fix for being morbidly obese, but it will dramatically alter the way otherwise healthy men store and burn fat.
I highly recommend all men with low T to address their diet and exercise regimens first and foremost. While these steps alone won’t fully correct hormone imbalances, taking care of business before you begin your TRT is critical if you want to see huge effects.