July 18, 2013 at 9:27 pm #9466
Hey I’m in my early 20s I have lower testosterone levels and high estrone levels as well as a slightly elevated reverse t3.
I’ve been following this program for around a week now and actually have my body temperature up above 98 degrees pretty consistently throughout the day.
I wake up with an oral body temp of 96 degrees usually but I believe its been higher upon waking.
Is there any recommendations regarding this program in terms of the higher estrogen levels or should I just focus on the diet recovery program.
Thanks GuysJuly 18, 2013 at 9:29 pm #9467
Havent really gained any weight either which is also cool lolJuly 20, 2013 at 1:08 pm #9600
I’d say just stick with it. Over time, maintaining a high metabolic rate tends to increase the ratio of the hormones of youth, vitality and virility vs the hormones of aging and decline.
And here’s a forum post with another reader asking about gynecomastia, which is related to testosterone and estrone levels.July 20, 2013 at 6:45 pm #9650
Rob thanks for the post the older post on the guy raising testosterone above 700 was definitely motivating.
I’m about 9 days into this diet finally the sluggishness and acne are setting it not enough to really to bother me to much.
I was wondering if you think I’m over doing it calorically I’ve put on maybe 3 or 4 lbs doing this I weight around 168lbs and am eating around 5,000-6,000 calories a day do you think this is to much?July 20, 2013 at 7:45 pm #9653
It depends. I recently put on about 20lbs in a month eating between 4000 and 6000 calories per day, with a starting weight around yours (165-ish) doing growth-oriented weight training concurrently. I got stronger, definitely put on some lean mass, and some was water weight, but I gained some fat too. I think a little less aggressive calorie consumption might have been a good idea in my case. I was eating above appetite almost everyday, drinking mass gainer shakes to get the calories up.
I would say unless you’re looking specifically to put on a set amount of weight, honor hunger signals as long as metabolic indicators are good. Taking a long term approach might make sense.July 20, 2013 at 8:44 pm #9658
Thanks a lot Rob I’m going take that advice and continue to keep feeling out this strategy.July 20, 2013 at 10:28 pm #9664DavidModerator
If you want to add an exercise element to your program, lift some heavy weights to increase your anabolic hormones. You should base this kind of program on compound exercises like the bench press, deadlift, and squats. Rippetoe’s Starting Strength would be a great read for more information on a basic barbell program, and is practically essential if you’re not familiar with how to perform these exercises safely:July 21, 2013 at 11:07 am #9697
David Thanks actually when I was really run down and sick and first
discovered the hormone issue my total Testosterone was around 247 (really fuckin low).
Then through adding barbell exercises like Marks into my life I was able to get it around 400 so that definitely did help a lot.
Sound AdviceJuly 21, 2013 at 11:44 am #9699
Great point David- forgot to mention that explicitly. Resistance training is great for increasing testosterone levels.
And there are all sorts of camps and ideas on what sorts of programs work best. Starting Strength is great. I’d say give a round of 10-12 weeks with one program, then take a week or so off and reassess. See if it’s working, or if you want to change exercises, or volume, or weekly frequency or what have you. Then give the new adjusted routine a shot for another 10-12 weeks. That way you have some consistency to adapt, but you give yourself flexibility to adjust and keep things both interesting and on point.
Any program done without variation for too long will plateau and become uninspiring. But you also don’t want fuckarounditis. The key is to balance the benefits of consistency with the drawbacks of rigidity.
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