The simple fact is, you’re not alone!
It’s estimated that 1 in 4 men over 30 has low testosterone.
It’s true that hormone replacement therapy and weight loss are connected. However, HRT is just one of the options available to you.
It is possible to lose weight and build T levels without HRT. But you’ll need the right advice and support.
That’s why it’s time you considered joining thousands of other men on our FF30X Program, designed specifically for busy men over 40, to help improve your health and wellbeing. Hormone replacement therapy and weight loss are just a small part of the equation.
It’s time to understand the link between hormone replacement therapy and weight loss. With all the information can you make an informed choice as to what is right for your own body.
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Understanding What HRT Is And How It Works
Hormone Replacement Therapy is designed to add hormones to your body, the hormones that you are currently low in. Testosterone is generally seen as the male hormone as it is essential to male health. If you’re low in testosterone you may demonstrate some of the following symptoms:
- Reduced libido
- Weight gain
- Loss of Muscle & Bone Mass
- Hair Loss
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is something that must be prescribed by a doctor and should only ever be an option after a blood test has been carried out. This will confirm that your levels of testosterone are low.
The process generally involves being injected with a synthetic version of testosterone, although it is possible to introduce the synthetic testosterone via a skin gel or patch.
The frequency of these injections/administration of gel will depend on the amount of testosterone being released into your body.
That’s it; the synthetic testosterone works inside your body in the same way that normal testosterone does, you just haven’t made it yourself.
However, there are risks associated with HRT, which is why it should never be used if your testosterone levels are already in the normal range. Side effects include:
- Long term Commitment
Once you start taking HRT, then you’ll normally be on it for the rest of your life. It’s very difficult to come off it.
A boost in testosterone production is the primary cause of spots (acne) in teenagers as they go through puberty. HRT can recreate this issue.
- Breast or Ankle Swelling
This is an unusual, but a potentially possible side effects. It’s important to be aware of it.
- Increased Risk of Blood Clots
Synthetic testosterone is not the same as that which is made in your body. The slight differences can increase your risk of blood clots by increasing the number of red blood cells in your body. This should be monitored by your doctor.
- Cardiovascular Issues
Older men with long term use of HRT appear to have a higher risk of cardiovascular issues, such as heart attacks and strokes.
There are concerns that HRT can cause the prostate to become enlarged. Some research has linked enlarged prostate with an increased risk of prostate cancer; doctors will tend to avoid prescribing any form of testosterone if you’re considered in a risk category.
When Is HRT A Good Idea?
Virtually all medications come with risk. HRT does have risks, but these are present in a very limited number of cases.
HRT is a viable option if you have explored other ways of boosting testosterone production without success, but, you must talk with your doctor before committing.
You should never make the decision to have HRT in a rush, as it has long term consequences.
The Connection Between Hormone Replacement Therapy and Weight Loss
There is a strong connection between hormone replacement therapy and weight loss, and surprisingly, it’s a positive relationship.
As you get older your body starts to produce more of the enzyme aromatase. This is the chemical that converts testosterone in your body into estrogen, (the female hormone).
Unfortunately, estrogen is the hormone responsible for storing body fat. The more of it you have, the more fat you’re going to have. To make matters worse, this then becomes a vicious circle.
Low testosterone levels encourage fat gain through increased estrogen, and because your metabolism starts to slow. Put simply, you need fewer calories to maintain your body. Continuing to eat as you always have will provide your body with too many calories and boost your fat gain.
HRT or any other method of boosting your testosterone levels reduce the amount of estrogen in your body and helps your metabolism to work faster. In short, HRT will help you to lose weight and build muscle.
But it isn't an instant or simple solution. It comes with risks, and you need to consider these carefully before you start hormone replacement therapy.
Alternative Options For Boosting Testosterone
The great news for every man is that you can boost your testosterone levels without using HRT. It doesn’t matter if you are suffering from T levels below normal or if you’re just wishing to boost your levels to what they were in your 20’s.
Before you start HRT, consider trying the following:
Exercise is good for your general health. Anything that gets your heart rate pumping will improve your circulation, boost your metabolism and make you feel better.
But, if you’re looking to boost your testosterone levels, you should be concentrating on intense exercises that challenge your body. Try exercises like burpees, hill sprints, jump squats, and lunges.
A study has shown that if you sprint for just 6 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, and then repeat 5 more times, you will boost your testosterone levels, and these levels will remain elevated long after you've recovered from your sprint.
You don’t need to focus on competing in a Mr. Universe competition in order to lift some heavy weights. Research shows that lifting heavy weights for a low number of reps will increase muscle mass, bone mass, and testosterone levels.
You’ll need to focus on doing 3 sets of 8 reps, and you should be struggling to lift the last one or your weights are too light!
Foods that Help
You know it’s time to change the way you eat. The proper diet will help you to lose weight and improve your health, reducing the risk of many diseases as you age. But, what you may not know is that food can play a huge part in boosting testosterone.
In fact, 2 of the key minerals your body needs to boost T levels naturally are zinc and magnesium. You can get these from your natural diet, by supplementing them individually or by using a combined product, like ZMA.
You should focus on eating a balanced diet, and the perfect plate method is a great technique to help with this. Then include the following in your meals and snacks:
Brazil nuts are the best choice. You only need two of them to get your daily allowance of selenium. But, if Brazil nuts are not your favorite, most other nuts will have the same effect. However, as with anything, moderation is the key.
Oats contain a compound called avenocosides which works in your body to release testosterone that is currently bound to proteins. In short, it creates more free T which your body can actually use.
You probably already know that this is one of the healthiest oils to use, but you may not have realized that it can also help to boost your T levels. Alongside giving you healthy fats, studies have shown that this can increase your T levels by an impressive 17.4%!
Pineapples have a high amount of an enzyme called bromelain. This is usually used as a digestive aid, but recent studies show that it can help to maintain your testosterone levels.
This fruit is known to offer a variety of health benefits, despite not being the easiest of fruits to eat.
Fortunately, you don’t need to eat it.
Drinking just one cup of this juice every day has been shown to boost your testosterone levels by between 16 and 30%.
Eating right can really help to improve your health and testosterone levels. It doesn't have to be difficult to eat healthily. You simply need a good meal plan and to start preparing your meals in advance.
This will ensure you always eat healthily and get the benefits associated with increased testosterone level. You really will feel like a new man.
Live a Healthy Lifestyle
You should be aware that changing your eating habits and exercising more means that you are changing your lifestyle. In fact, this is the key to successfully boosting testosterone, losing weight and feeling great.
The moment you embrace the idea of changing your lifestyle you’ll realize that you can improve your health, testosterone, and life by taking small steps every day.
These small steps involve consciously deciding to do something instead of sitting in front of the television, choosing the healthier option when you eat and deciding to be the best man that you can be.
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It is possible to boost your testosterone levels by taking supplements that contain the essential ingredients your body needs. You’ll find plenty of T-Boosters on the market, but you need to check the ingredients list for each one.
While you can look for individual supplements such as vitamin D, ginger, magnesium, zinc, D-aspartic acid and even fenugreek, you may prefer to get all these nutrients in one source.
However, if you choose to use a T-Booster, you’ll need to verify the ingredients and make sure that all the ingredients and quantities are displayed. If they’re not, then you are purchasing a proprietary blend, and you don't know how much of each ingredient you’re getting. This makes it very hard to confirm they will boost your testosterone levels in the way you would like.
It is best to eat the right foods and supplement individual vitamins if you really can’t get them through your food. However, if you choose to add supplements such as a T-Booster, then you need to look at the reviews to ensure you are getting a good quality product.
Think Before You Act
This is a good idea no matter what decision you are making, but, it is especially important when considering HRT. It is essential that you speak to a doctor about hormone replacement therapy and weight loss.
While HRT is an option, it is not the only one.
This guide should have given you an idea regarding how easily you can improve your testosterone levels without the need for HRT. You can get extra advice and all the support you need to achieve your goals by joining FF30X today. It’s that easy to connect with thousands of other men in the same position as you.
Boosting your testosterone levels through the techniques described here will improve your overall health and fitness; that alone should be a good enough reason to try the natural approach first.
With a little guidance and support, you can achieve the same goal that hormone replacement therapy and weight loss treatment offer. But, you can do this naturally with the FF30X Program. That has to be worth trying today!
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*Please know that weight loss results & health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual; you may not achieve similar results. Always consult with your doctor before making health decisions. This is not medical advice – simply very well-researched info on hormone replacement therapy and weight loss.