Which came first: belly fat or Low T? For men over 40 who feel like losing weight is an uphill battle, this question is an important one to consider. Studies show that Low T causes an increase in body fat. On the flip side, being overweight or obese can also contribute to Low T, so it’s important that men take notice of sudden weight gain, especially in the midsection, and discuss with their doctors to rule out a testosterone deficiency.
Low T and Higher Body Fat – What’s the Link?
“Studies have shown that there is a direct link between declining testosterone levels and an increase in body fat in men over time,” says Dr. Robert Ochoa, supervising physician at Men’s Health Memorial. “Weight gain is certainly one of the symptoms of Low T that we look at closely.”
The weight-testosterone relationship is a complicated one. For example, symptoms of Low T include fatigue, loss of muscle mass, low stamina, and weight gain. Men who have Low T also have less energy to keep up with a work-out regimen, only exacerbating their weight gain and loss of muscle. It becomes a vicious cycle.
What’s a man to do to maintain a healthy weight? First, talk to your doctor about sudden weight gain and other symptoms of low T.
- If low testosterone is one of the main causes of weight gain, hormone replacement therapy (TRT) may be a viable solution. By increasing testosterone levels in the body, energy and strength increases and men are more apt to exercise, feel healthier, and drop pounds.
- Try a medically supervised weight loss program. Sometimes, the body needs a boost. Along with TRT, Men’s Health Memorial offers a medical weight loss program that focuses on overall wellness and works in tandem with a man’s diet and exercise program to enhance weight loss efforts.
Elements of this weight loss program include:
- A comprehensive medical exam
- InBody composition analysis
- Weekly Lipo C (a fat burner) and B12 injections for improved energy
- Appetite suppressants
- A low carb eating plan and/or intermittent fasting plan
- Focus on maintaining muscle. Low T causes a loss of muscle mass in men, so weight-bearing exercises are important to incorporate into an exercise program. Remember: muscle burns more fat!
The take away for men is this: treating low testosterone has been proven to increase a man’s overall wellness. Weight loss is just one of the many benefits of a well-supervised Low T program.
Schedule a free consultation today by calling 832-900-2427 or schedule your testosterone check on-line.