Most of us, in our general understanding of fitness and how testosterone works think that we can get leaner and healthier simply by having more testosterone in their body. While this may be true in some ways, it is actually the opposite of how the body’s endocrine system really works.
In actuality, the reverse is true—being lean and having less fat allows your body to retain more of your available testosterone, converting it into valuable ‘free testosterone.’ That is, the leaner you are the less estrogen you typically have and the more testosterone is retained by the body. The reason behind this is that your fat cells are filled with estrogen and, as we discussed in my previous blog on hormonal math, the more estrogen in your system the less ‘net’ free testosterone you have and feel. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that research presented at the Endocrine Society’s 2012 meeting confirmed that overweight men are significantly more likely to have low levels of testosterone to begin with!
Remember that the body makes estrogen from the same finite available ingredients (cholesterol) that it has to make your natural testosterone. The more fat cells you have in your body, the more estrogen is produced. Further, the more estrogen you have, the more signals this estrogen sends your body to reduce testosterone production (via the aromatase enzyme). The less testosterone you have, the harder it is to experience several of the positive effects and metabolic reactions of exercise (i.e. the more fat you retain). So, you see why this post mentions the ‘vicious cycle’ that is occurring in far too many people today. Internally, estrogen has opposing forces to testosterone, both physiologically and the resultant effects on personality. Some might call it the ying & yang of our natural hormones. While this balance is critical, and why I’m personally against introducing exogenous drugs or suppressants that push this balance out of equilibrium, you can and should consider the many powerful, natural ways to boost testosterone and limit estrogen in the body.
So remember: less body fat equals less estrogen, which in turn equals more testosterone. This why more blogs and videos at NattyLife will be devoted to getting and staying as lean as possible. If you want help in losing weight, getting lean, and saving more of your internal testosterone, reach out to me and let’s get started.