Patients who are on Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) often start to see dramatic changes in energy levels, muscle mass and fat loss. Some don’t lose fat as fast as others. Whether on TRT or not, here are some of the reasons:
1. You think you’re eating healthy, but aren’t.
Does your diet consist of a massive amount of low fat or low carb “products”? Disregard the labels and look inside for what you know to be true: this isn’t nutritious food, and you shouldn’t be eating it.
2. You’re under too much stress.
Emotional, physical, financial and relationship stress –the body does not differentiate between sources of stress. They all cause the body to produce cortisol that catabolizes muscle, worsens insulin resistance, and promotes the storage of fat. Take stock of your stress levels – they may be holding you back.
3. You need to watch your carb intake.
Carbs are key, as always, especially when you’ve got weight to lose. Take care to avoid all processed food (hidden sugars). You might also try skipping fruit.
4. You’re adding muscle.
If you are working out and eating right, you may be adding muscle as you are losing fat. You wouldn’t know that just from the bathroom scale. Have your Body Mass Index checked periodically.
5. You’re not active enough.
Are you doing three to five hours of aerobic activity every week? If not, you need to. Aerobic exercise dips into your glycogen reserves making it a pure fat burner, not a sugar burner.
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