it’s important to recognize the correlation
between testosterone and belly fat.
Does Testosterone Help You Lose Weight?
Aging successfully doesn’t happen by accident. A healthy diet, regular exercise, discipline and determination all play a part in being fit after 40. But another important part of maintaining optimal health is knowledge.The better we understand our own bodies and the aging process, the more prepared we are to address issues as they arise. One common struggle for fellows after age 40 is excessive weight gain.
How Men Get in Shape After 40
Some nutritionists suggest that your metabolism slows by 10% each decade. That means by age 40, you could be fatter than you were at age 20. This can open Pandora’s Box to a variety of other problems as the years pass.
“…low testosterone can foster unhealthy weight gain
which can in turn further decrease testosterone levels in our bodies”
Testosterone in Men After 40
The right diet and exercise are the intuitive solution to the problems associated with aging, muscle loss and fat gain. However, diet and exercise don’t always directly address the intrinsic metabolic changes that come with aging. Men simply produce less testosterone as they age. Many experts believe that the higher the testosterone levels in a body, the more muscle mass that body will have, while also having less fat.
Medical professionals used to believe that weight gain caused decreased testosterone levels in men. While this is true, it may not be the whole truth. Recent studies have shown the connection between low testosterone and obesity to be bidirectional rather than a simple cause and effect relationship. Low testosterone can foster unhealthy weight gain which can further decrease testosterone levels in our bodies.
This cycle can lead to some serious health problems like metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
But many experts believe that maintaining healthy testosterone levels can help our bodies effectively regulate glucose levels, insulin sensitivity, and fat-to-muscle ratios. In some cases, natural bioidentical hormone therapies can help. Please be aware that there is a difference in the synthetic testosterone manufactured by pharmaceutical companies, and the bioavailable testosterone that is compounded naturally. When you ask your doctor or naturopath about the statistics and research for testosterone, be certain you know which type of product is being discussed (misunderstandings are common).
For now, however, the best ways for men over 40 to get into shape and to stay in shape are through diet and through exercise. It might be in your best interest to concentrate on those fundamentals first, before considering other therapies.
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Our responsibilities for self-care increase as we get older. There’s just more to do! More grooming, more check-ups, more details to attend to… this is just the way it is with life after 40:
Keep an eye on your hormone levels. Get your blood work done with your annual physical, and ask your doctor to talk with you about natural solutions for keeping hormone levels within optimum ranges. I encourage you, as you work toward your health and fitness goals, to not just work hard: work strategically.