If you’re a man and have spent any time within the fitness world, you’ve probably heard that increasing your testosterone is important. But do you know why this is? In this article we are going to look at the top five benefits there are to increasing your testosterone levels.
This is probably the most well known benefit of increasing your testosterone, and is certainly the most marketed one. But yes testosterone is able to increase muscle mass hugely, and is the number one reason why women can get as strong as some men yet still be smaller. Estrogen can also play a part in protein synthesis (the process which leads to muscle building) but it is not as good. There are also negative effects to having too much estrogen in men. Increasing your testosterone levels while lifting heavy weights will build huge muscles.
Amazingly, you don’t even necessarily have to do any exercise. A study was performed on men who took steroids (which increase testosterone), even though they did no exercise they still gained muscle size. Obviously this was using massive amounts of testosterone so wouldn’t work for those of you using natural testosterone boosting methods, however this does put thing into perspective.
High testosterone levels can reduce body fat and reducing body fat can increase testosterone. This means that there is a clear relationship between the two, lowering body fat can also lower estrogen which will further raise testosterone. If you are looking to lose weight one of the first things that you can do is attempt to raise your testosterone levels.
In a way this third benefit is kind of a cheat, because it is essentially the same as benefit number two. But raising your metabolism and losing weight ARE different things, and testosterone can affect both of them. You can lose weight by eating less, this will lead to fat loss but will also lower your metabolism. Another way to lose weight is to increase your metabolism, this makes your body burn more calories throughout the day.
Testosterone has been shown to increase a man’s metabolism and therefore lead to weight loss, it can also utilize stored fat as a fuel source which is how it lowers body fat. Two separate benefits that both have separate but similar effects on the body.
Having low testosterone has been linked with increased anxiety, stress, and depressive symptoms, by increasing your testosterone you can experience an improved mood, and a lowering of stress. This will lead to better sleep (which further boosts testosterone). You will also have improved ability to focus, improved memory, and improved decision making skills. Perhaps you can see why the belief that increased testosterone leads to aggression is a fallacy.
One of the most common reasons behind infertility in men is very low levels of testosterone, increasing your testosterone to a base-line rate can make a huge difference and help men to become fertile.
As you can see a lot of the benefits of having high testosterone are also responsible for increasing testosterone further, creating a snowball effect. Increasing your sleep, eating healthily (with lots of protein), lowering your body fat, and getting plenty of exercise will all increase testosterone. And increasing testosterone will allow you to sleep more, lose weight, exercise harder, and reproduce. Sounds like a fair trade!