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How Testosterone transformed my life

How Testosterone Transformed My Life

Three years ago I was in I was in a massive slump. In fact, slump would probably an understatement – I had hit rock bottom. There’s depression and then there’s feeling like a black cloud follows you around 24/7. 

Nonetheless, from the outside looking in I had a pretty good life. I was working in London in the heart of the financial industry – a prestigious job with good opportunity for progression. In addition, I was in a stable relationship and had a close circle of supportive friends.

Yet in spite of this, I felt empty inside and didn’t know why. I didn’t know it at the time, but this would ultimately lead me on a journey of self-discovery.

And as the saying goes, in life sometimes it gets worse before it gets better. Although in my case, I failed to see how it could get any worse. At least in the way I felt.

A Passenger In My Own Life

As I mentioned, I previously worked in the financial industry in London. In the beginning I really enjoyed my job. It gave me a buzz to work in such a high-octane, fast and pressure-cooker environment.

We all have those days where we don’t want to get out of bed. Perhaps it was simply youthful exuberance. Nonetheless, for the most part, I used to jump out of bed; excited to see what the day had in store for me.

However, since the onset of this depression around the age of 27, I had lost my enjoyment for work and zest for life. I remember getting on the London underground (locally known as the ‘tube’) for work one day.

I had been awake for a few hours, but I felt zoned completely out – like a zombie. This was despite the fact I slept more than enough. I remember the bitter irony of being a passenger on this train, while feeling like a passenger in my own life.

It was as if I was watching a movie play out in front of my eyes. And I was definitely not the protagonist. 

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Low testosterone made me feel like a passenger in my own life.

 

I read up about my symptoms on the Internet. The closest thing I found that came close was ‘Depersonalization syndrome.’ According to the definition on Wikipedia:

“Depersonalization is described as feeling disconnected or detached from one’s self. Individuals experiencing depersonalization may report feeling as if they are an outside observer of their own thoughts or body, and often report feeling a loss of control over their thoughts or actions”

I can’t say for sure that this is what happened, as it’s never a wise idea to self-diagnose yourself on Google. However, this description resonated with how I felt. It got to the point that I felt so numb and no longer enjoyed life.

My Daily Fight With Anxiety

The anguish from the emptiness and depression alone was enough to plunge me into turmoil.  But on top of that, I struggled with daily with a kind of grinding anxiety. And once again – I had no idea why. Indeed, I suspect that this constant anxiety contributed to me feeling disconnected from reality, as I described above. 

I used to worry about the smallest things. I used to obsess over emails that I sent at work – in case I made an error. Or I’d worry about something I said to someone. In case I said the wrong thing and it would be misinterpreted.

Anxiety low testosterone

I would play each scenario over and over in my mind. It was a form of self-torture – one I felt I had no control over. In addition, I struggled on several occasions with panic attacks. Sure, I had anxiety in the past – like any normal person, but this not something I had experienced before. 

I remember one time I was sat at my desk at work and my chest tightened, my airwaves constricted and my heart pounded out of my chest. I thought I was having a heart attack and almost passed out. Later on, I found out it was a panic attack. It was the first time this had happened. And once more, I had no idea why. 

I assumed this was due to the stress work and in my life. But in truth, my life wasn’t that stressful. So what the hell was going on? I just got overwhelmed by the smallest things. Yet, I knew deep down this wasn’t the real me. 

Low Libido and Stagnation in the Gym

If all the anxiety and depression weren’t bad enough, my sex drive had also fallen off a cliff. In fact, it was non-existent.  My girlfriend at the time thought that I no longer found her attractive. However, no amount of reassurances helped.

I had no libido and couldn’t explain why. It was quite distressing. As a man, your sexuality is a big part of your identity. You want to feel vigorous and energetic. And once that’s taken away from you, you feel as though you’re half a man. A shadow of your former self. 

Depressed man low testosterone

 

In spite of all this, I felt that there was one area of my life that was still OK. The gym was my sanctuary. I’ve been lifting weights for a long time and I’ve often used it to event my frustrations and channel my energy into something positive.

Although I soon discovered that this area of my life was not immune from the chaos in the rest of my life. I lifted weights three times a week at a minimum. Yet I couldn’t make progress for love nor money.

I couldn’t get stronger, in spite of how many times I squatted or deadlifted. I couldn’t gain muscle mass. And what’s more, I had fat around my waist I couldn’t get rid of.

In the end, I concluded at the ripe old age of 28 that I had reached my ‘genetic potential.’ Looking back, it was clear that there was something seriously wrong.  I suppose I was too close to everything to see it for what it really was. I figured I was an anxious or ‘negative’ person.

Furthermore, I thought that I couldn’t make progress in the gym because my training program was bad, or my diet wasn’t up to scratch.

But here’s the thing. I didn’t drink alcohol, didn’t smoke, and my diet was actually pretty good. I was trying my level best, but I felt like I was spinning my wheels.

The Symptoms of Low Testosterone?

I didn’t know what to think–until one day I took a routine blood test. The blood test was pretty thorough. From liver, kidney and thyroid panels, hormones, full blood count and immune system testing. When I got the results back, I wasn’t expecting anything untoward.

It all looked normal, until I got to my testosterone levels – I saw that I had the testosterone level of an 80 YEAR OLD MAN. I was dumbstruck. I felt like I had fallen into an abyss, because I couldn’t believe what was happening to me.

How was this possible?

I took such good care of my body, but I had low testosterone at such a young age? Suddenly, all of these symptoms made complete sense–although I didn’t recognize them as such at the time. The anxiety, low libido, depression, lack of energy and brain fog.

They were all classic symptoms of low testosterone. However, out of willful ignorance or otherwise, I had ignored them–thinking they couldn’t happen to me at such a young age. After much deliberation and soul-searching, I decided the right thing for me was to undergo testosterone replacement therapy.

I felt anxious about my decision to undergo TRT and a lifelong medication? However, at this point I felt there was nothing more I could do and this was the best solution.

Moreover, I had several friends who had already successfully undergone treatment. I saw how much of a positive impact it had on their lives. Many of them were older than me and had been on testosterone therapy for several years. They were the picture of perfect health. 

That was proof enough for me.  Subsequently, I managed to find a doctor who was open-minded enough to treat a young man for low testosterone. That was and still is rare – of which I’m thankful. I got my prescription for testosterone replacement therapy and put it off for a few weeks.

I was scared of change; scared of the unknown. Part of me wanted to cling onto the ‘known.’ But in the end, I decided my longing for comfort the ‘known’ was a miserable existence.

I would do anything to change it. So I decided to take my first injection. In fact, I got my roommate to do it, because I didn’t have the courage to do it.

How Testosterone Transformed My Life

It took a few weeks for the testosterone to kick in, but to say that thee effect was AMAZING would be an understatement. After a few weeks, I had increased mental clarity and more energy.

I felt like the OLD ME again. After a few more weeks, my anxiety had subsided to almost nonexistent levels. My depression had lifted and my sex drive was a back to a healthy level.

What’s more, after six months in the gym, I had gained over 10 lbs of lean muscle mass. So, my efforts weren’t in vain after all? I simply needed the right hormonal balance in my body to see the fruits of it.

But that wasn’t all…

I felt connected once again with my own instincts, which had disappeared into the background. For the first time in a long time, I felt the courage, conviction and confidence to go after what I wanted in life.

Several months post-treatment I decided to quit my job and move to Spain. This had been a long-standing ambition of mine. A dream I never thought I would fulfill, because I was suffered with so much doubt and fear. But having my health back in balance instilled my self-belief once more and my ability to conquer my dreams.

how testosterone transformed my life

A few years after that I started my own business – another long-held ambition of mine. And in 2019 I launched my first book –Optimized Under 35. Funnily enough, I never dreamed I would write a book – let alone on hormonal optimization.

However, after going through the trials of low testosterone, I knew had to share my story. Because there are many other men out there who suffer with it and don’t know that help is available. 

Without testosterone, I would not be half the man I am today. Words cannot accurately describe the mental and physical metamorphosis I underwent. Testosterone helped me get my life back and helped me go from an unconfident, anxious, depressed shell of a man to a confident, assertive and positive individual.

Final Thoughts

Hormones are the backbone of your health, and you cannot truly appreciate how important they are to your well-being until they’re in the gutter. Indeed, you may even be like me and not know that you have a hormonal imbalance, as the symptoms can creep up on you like a thief in the night.

Testosterone replacement therapy is not for everyone. Most people would do well simply to live what I call a ‘testosterone-friendly’ lifestyle. That way they avoid lifelong medication and everything that comes with it.

Not only is testosterone replacement therapy not the cakewalk and panacea many men think it is. It also has its own challenges and it could take months for the treatment to be successful.

Some men come to me and tell me that they have tried ‘everything’ and nothing has worked for them. So they think that taking testosterone will fix all of their problems. But, after I get them to track their diet for a few days, I quickly see their nutrition is not up to scratch.

Yet, instead of fixing their diet, they would rather go on a lifelong medication. Now they have to manage their estrogen, inject themselves multiple times a week and pay all the insurance fees that comes with it. It’s madness.

Testosterone replacement therapy isn’t always the right solution – but hormonal balance is for EVERYONE. And if you can live a lifestyle that facilitates that naturally – all the better. 

The picture below on the left is me before I started TRT. The look on my face says it all; I was unsure, lacking self-confidence and afraid. And there was belly fat around my stomach that I just couldn’t get rid of.

The second picture on the right is me after being on testosterone for six months. I look much more confident and assured. But not only that, my physique has changed in dramatic fashion; I appear more defined and muscular.

How Testosterone transformed my life

This is the power of hormonal balance. Hormones are the backbone of your health, and as a man testosterone is your LIFE BLOOD. Testosterone maintains androgenic (male) sex characteristics such as facial hair, a deep voice, sperm production, and muscle mass.

It has stimulatory effects on bones, libido, mood, cognition centers in the brain, and erectile strength. In addition, it has a positive effect on metabolic rate, lipids (e.g., cholesterol), and inflammation. If your hormones are out of balance you feel like a shadow of your former self.

If you identify with many of the symptoms I discuss in this post, contact me about my 1on1 coaching below. We will work together to create a lifestyle to help restore your natural hormonal balance through the power of nutrition.

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How to Tell If You Have Low Testosterone

how to tell if you have ow testosterone

How to Tell If You Have Low Testosterone

With the advent of the internet, people are becoming increasingly conscious about their health. And one topic in particular that has become popular among men is testosterone.

In the past, the word “testosterone” was stigmatized. This was because the media ran a long campaign demonizing testosterone, claiming it was the devil incarnate.

However, many now recognize the importance of testosterone to male health. Testosterone improves mood, immune system function, blood sugar regulation and brain function to name a few.

Therefore, it’s safe to say that when you have low testosterone, you won’t be at your best. But how can you tell if you have low testosterone?

In this article, I cover the main signs and symptoms of low testosterone, plus what you can do about it if you do have them.

Brain Fog

One hallmark symptom of low testosterone is brain fog – also known as mental fatigue. It appears brain fog isn’t necessarily a condition in itself, but rather a symptom of an underlying condition.

In this case, low testosterone.

Brain fog means you struggle to focus and concentrate for sustained periods of time. You may also have memory problems, and an inability to think clearly.

When I suffered from low testosterone in my 20s, I was persistently dogged by brain fog. I was working in investment banking at the time, and I needed to be at my desk every day by 8AM – sometimes earlier.

I recall that when I arrived at my desk it took me several hours to concentrate fully. Regardless of how much I slept, I struggled to feel alert alert first thing in the morning.

I had to chug down more than one cup of coffee to feel anywhere near “normal.”

It’s hard to describe exactly how brain fog feels. All I can say is that my brain felt like a kind spaghetti soup. Thoughts and ideas were in there, but it was like I couldn’t pick them out.

If my mind was a vault, then I was locked out with no access codes.

brain fog low testosterone

Suffice to say that my creative energy was sapped.

Around this time I also began to write. And as with any endeavor, in the beginning you are always going to suck.

That being said, whenever I sat down to write, I struggled to organize my thoughts in a coherent way. As a result, it often took days on end just to write a single blog post.

After this experience, I’m convinced “writer’s block” has more to do with physiological imbalances, rather than mental hurdles.

Fatigue and Low Energy

Feeling low energy and fatigued are also signs of low testosterone. And when you feel this way, sometimes all you want to is lie on the couch.

Even basic things like reading a book or going for a walk can be a major effort. Therefore, the prospect of doing something like going to a restaurant or the gym can feel overwhelming.

This fatigue can affect your life in a number of ways.

First, it can affect your performance at work – because you no longer have the energy to see things through. As a result, you may find yourself going from one thing to the next; unable to finish projects.

low testosterone low energy

Second, it can have a negative impact on your relationship with your partner. Simply because you don’t feel like doing anything! No self-respecting woman wants to be with a miserable, listless man.

Finally, it robs you of the enjoyment of life. When you have no energy, you quickly realize how many things in life require it.

But aside from this, low energy makes you feel like shit and a passenger in your own life.

Fatigue and Low Energy

Emotional imbalance is another symptom of low testosterone. Obviously, as men we have our own emotions and feelings to deal with as do women. However, we tend to express them in a different manner. Or as is often the case, don’t express them at all.

Is this down to societal conditioning or simply part of being a man? I would say a bit of both. That being said, men are meant to be able to keep their emotions in check. Indeed, there is a fine line between mastering your emotions and suppressing them.

But that’s a topic for another day…

Until you’ve been on both sides of the fence, you don’t realize how dramatically low testosterone can affect your emotional state.

Low testosterone can make you feel extremely emotionally imbalanced. And it can lead to mood swings and depression.

When I went through the misery of low T, I was snappy and irritable. My moods were sombre and I struggled to see the positive side of things.

depressed man

Trying to remain positive was akin to climbing a mountain every day.

Nonetheless, it’s not just lack of testosterone itself that leads to emotional imbalance.

Estrogen, another sex hormone, is as important as testosterone when it comes to emotional balance. Men produce estrogen through the conversion of testosterone via the aromatase enzyme – a process known as aromatization.

Therefore, often in men low testosterone levels will lead to low estrogen. And this can exasperate the emotional imbalance many men feel with low testosterone.

Research underlines the importance of estrogen, suggesting it mediates the mood-enhancing effects of testosterone. One interesting study looked at the anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) and antidepressant-like effects of exogenous testosterone and estrogen on castrated male rats.

The authors of the study found when testosterone was administered alone and estrogen was inhibited, this also blocked protective effects of testosterone. But when estrogen isn’t blocked, it promotes the mood-enhancing and well-being effects of testosterone.

Indecision and Hesitancy

Studies show that low testosterone levels are associated with reduced cognitive abilities. Cognitive abilities include judgement, decision-making, evaluation and memory.

And multiple research papers show men with low serum testosterone levels perform below normal on verbal fluency, spatial awareness and memory. I discuss this topic at length in my book Optimized Under 35.

In many men, low testosterone leads to indecision and hesitancy. But you don’t need a scientific study to verify this one.

The average man today struggles to make a firm decision on virtually anything. Instead of drawing a line in the sand, he is wishy washy.

He prefers to sit on the fence, afraid to polarize opinion or to “offend” people. So he takes the easy way out and opts to make no decision.

Most men struggle to decide what to have for lunch. So getting them to make life-changing decisions is impossible.

I see this first hand with men who ask me for advice on improving their testosterone levels. They may even contact me about my coaching.

At which point, we’ll have a discussion about their lifestyle and nutrition habits. Often, I recommend that if they want to raise their testosterone and get their life back, then they’ll need to make big changes to their lives.

Many will go away to “think about it,” knowing all they won’t do anything about it. And unwittingly, due to their low testosterone, they live in a state of perpetual hesitancy.

As a result, they struggle to make decisions that really matter. A year later I’ll speak to them again, and discover they’re still in the same place.

In the end, these men rarely, if ever, address it, because of their indecision.

Now, this is not to say low testosterone renders you unable to make a decision. Because often guys with low T do make positive changes to lies.

This may mean undergoing testosterone replacement therapy, or reducing stress and improving sleep to boost their testosterone levels.

In my experience, if you are prone to indecision and hesitancy to begin with, low testosterone will only exacerbate it.

Anxiety

Anxiety is a further symptom of low testosterone. From what I’ve seen, most men with low testosterone suffer with anxiety to some extent.

Prior to testosterone replacement therapy, I used to suffer badly with anxiety. I would obsess endlessly over the most trivial things – sometimes for days and weeks on end.

My stomach would be in knots and I would struggle to sleep because I was so anxious.

Now, the anxiety may occasionally subside, but it would always be there lurking in the background.

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It even got the point where I had full-blown panic attacks. My breathing became shallow, my airwaves constricted, I felt dizzy and my chest tightened.

On more than one occasion I went to the hospital. It seems silly in hindsight, but at the time I was genuinely worried.

They did x-rays and all sorts, but they would NEVER find anything wrong with me.

This would reassure me for a while, only to through the same process a few weeks later.

Ultimately, I went to see a therapist about my anxiety, which helped a lot. It helped get the panic attacks under control, but the anxiety never really went away.

In addition, I had regular heart palpitations. It was a strange sensation; and to be honest, it freaked me out. So much so that I went to a doctor to get an electrocardiogram (ECG) test done to check my heart was OK.

It was fine, of course, but these regular heart palpitations were really debilitating. I’m positive the palpitations were due to low testosterone.

And after I underwent testosterone replacement therapy, the palpitations disappeared altogether – along with the anxiety itself!

Low Libido

Having a low libido or poor sex drive is also a sign of low testosterone.

Once more, I can verify from first hand experience that low testosterone really does affect your sex drive.

You can go weeks without feeling any sort of sexual desire. It makes you feel like a shadow of yourself; especially if you had a strong sex drive in the past.

And on the rare occasion you do have a libido, the sex is not enjoyable. It’s almost to the point where sex feels like a chore, because it drains what little energy you do have.

I’ve consulted with hundreds of men with low testosterone, and many went through the same experience I did with low libido.

Studies show a correlation between testosterone levels and sexual desire. One study looked at the relationship between libido and testosterone levels in aging men. In total, 1632 men aged 40-70 years participated, with follow-ups at 9 and 15 years after the study.

The researchers found there was a significant association between testosterone levels and libido. Subjects that reported low libido had an “increased, but modest” possibility that they would also suffer from low T.

Erectile Problems

Aside from the fact low testosterone results in low libido, it can also lead to erectile dysfunction. Testosterone isn’t responsible for creating erections, but it has a direct effect on nitric oxide synthesis in the brain – a necessary precursor to erections.

Now, you may be able to get erections when you have low testosterone. However, it’s unlikely the erections will be firm. This can make for disappointing sexual encounters and unsatisfying intimacy with your partner.

One study looked at how testosterone levels alter erectile function in 47 castrated male rats. The authors of the study concluded that erectile function is dependent on testosterone levels, and mediated via nitric oxide.

As a side note, from research there appears to be a correlation between erectile dysfunction and cardiovascular risk. In other words, if you struggle to get a boner, that could be an early indicator of heart disease.

The Massachusetts Male Aging Study was a random sample observational study that included 1290 men aged 40-70 years old. The researchers took blood samples, psychological indexes, medication details and other information about participants’ health. Overall, they found diabetes and heart disease to be strong indicators for erectile dysfunction.

I don’t think erectile dysfunction is always an indicator of heart disease among low testosterone men, especially young men. However, it could indicate that not only do you have hormonal imbalance, but you also have poor circulation.

Therefore, in addition to investigating the possibility of low testosterone, it’s worth taking steps to improve your lifestyle. That means eating a better diet and doing more exercise to promote blood circulation.

Increased Body Fat and Low Muscle Mass
Another common symptom in men with low testosterone is an increased body fat and low muscle mass.

It’s like a double whammy.

Before I was diagnosed with low testosterone, I trained like a demon in the gym. I really wanted to get stronger, so I spent a lot of time squatting and deadlifting.

And at one point I was even squatting three times a week! Yet, for all my hard work and effort, I saw meager results.

Now, I didn’t have low muscle mass per se. But I simply couldn’t gain any muscle mass no matter what!

But I couldn’t figure out why. I concluded that I had maxed out my “genetic potential” at the ripe old age of 28. I

I also had a layer of belly fat that I couldn’t get rid. This was in spite of how much I dieted or how much cardio I did.

You only have to look at my picture below to get an idea. The picture on the left was me just before I started testosterone replacement therapy. I was nervous AS HELL (and it shows on my face)!

The picture on the right is me six months later. My body composition has changed dramatically; I have more muscle mass and less body fat.

But here’s the thing. I didn’t drastically change the way I trained, dieted, or how I lived my life. The difference? Optimal testosterone levels.

If you have low testosterone, a hardcore workout can leave you beat for DAYS. Whereas once you optimize your testosterone levels, it’s amazing how quickly you can recover from a brutal workout.

before and after trt

Furthermore, ever notice how elderly people tend to have low muscle mass (also known as sarcopenia)?

Not only do they fail to do any kind of resistance training to retain muscle mass, but they also have low testosterone levels. That means any muscle mass they do have gradually disappears.

And guess what? Low muscle mass and high levels of body fat are strongly associated with all cause mortality.

The Only Way to Tell If You Have Low Testosterone

So aside from the symptoms we discussed above, how can you tell if you have low testosterone?

In truth, the only way to tell if you have low testosterone is to take a blood test.

The main benefit of taking a blood test is that it never lies. By comparison, saliva test kits are not as accurate as blood test, and may provide false readings from food or drink.

Your blood work is a snapshot at any given time into the state of your health. However, hormones can fluctuate depending on stress levels, the time of day, how much you slept and other factors.

Therefore, at any given time you may get a varied reading on your blood test. That’s why it’s worth getting regular blood tests to get a benchmark of your health.

As a minimum, I recommend you take a blood test with the following markers:

  • Serum or total testosterone – this is the total amount of testosterone in your blood. In most labs, the reference range is typically between 250-1000 ng/dL (8.7-34.7 nmol/L).
  • Free testosterone – this is the bioavailable testosterone in your blood that is available for your body to use. This is typically between 2-4%.
  • SHBG – Sex hormone binding globulin or SHBG is a carrier protein responsible for controlling levels of sex hormones in the blood – hence the name. It's important to measure because it can directly affect your free testosterone levels.
  • Estradiol – Estradiol is a form of estrogen and is the main estrogen found in the male body. As mentioned earlier, estrogen is key to male health, so it’s a good idea to understand where your level is at.

If you’re in the UK, I recommend you take the Male Hormone Check. The test includes all of the above markers and is very reasonably priced.

In addition, as a patient you get a cool online dashboard with a breakdown of your test and what it all means. Use the discount code OPTIMIZE10 at checkout to get a 10% discount!

The Results

If your serum or total testosterone is below the reference range above, then you are classed as hypogonadal. However, in recent times doctors have become fixated on treating patients based on lab tests only.

This means that even if you have the symptoms of low testosterone

But your blood results are within the reference range, you don’t qualify for treatment.

Your doctor should treat you based on a combination of symptoms AND blood work. Indeed, emerging evidence suggests that men can have the symptoms of low testosterone between 500-600 ng/dL.

Whereas, if you have a testosterone level of 250 ng/dL; you’re basically on death’s door. At least in terms of the way you feel.

Final Thoughts

This article covers the main signs and symptoms of low testosterone. But you don’t necessarily need to have all of them to class as low T.

Personally, I had most of them. However, I’ve met men who only have some of these symptoms.

For example, their performance in the gym might be good, but their performance in the bedroom is dire.

Ultimately, low testosterone goes by symptoms FIRST – not by a lab test. Any numbers on a piece of paper come to secondary to how you feel.

If you identify with many of the symptoms described in this article – fear not. The realization that you have low testosterone may come as a surprise.

It certainly did for me at the age of 28 years old. In truth, it made me feel hollow inside.

But it was also a blessing in disguise.

I had been living with the symptoms of low testosterone and didn’t even realize it. It forced me to take action and change the course of my life.

There are a few ways to restore your testosterone levels to normal. One option is to undergo testosterone replacement therapy as I did.

Although I feel nowadays many men are quick to jump on TRT – a lifelong medication – without understanding the consequences.

TRT is incredible and changed my life – but it’s not for everyone.

The vast majority of men can boost their testosterone levels by taking steps to improve their nutrition, exercise routine, and overall lifestyle.

If you’re sick of struggling with the symptoms of low testosterone and want to get your life back, get in touch with me about my 1on1 coaching. We’ll come up with a customized strategy for you to regain your health – without the need for medication.

The Truth Behind Your Lack of Motivation

The Truth Behind Your Lack of Motivation

Motivation is one of the biggest buzzwords on the internet. Indeed, the whole concept of motivation has spawned an entire industry in itself. Countless motivational speakers and books tell us that we need to be “motivated” to accomplish anything in life.

As a result, when you experience a lack of motivation, you conclude something must be wrong. You look at successful people on the internet who appear highly motivated. And so you say to yourself:

“Why do I have no motivation to do anything?”

Most people think that motivation is purely psychological. Now, there is a mental element to being self-motivated. However, the physical aspect is just as important.

In this article, I’m going to show you the truth behind your lack of motivation. I’ll also show you why your low motivation has as much to do with your physical fitness as it does your mindset.

No Motivation to Do Anything: My Story

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a go-getter. Energy has never been a problem for me. I always knew that if I wanted to achieve something, as long as I had enough energy I could do it.

This was the case throughout my life until I reached my late 20s. I was 28 years old and had everything going for me. I was in a fulfilling relationship, and had a promising career in London at an investment bank.

On the surface everything seemed great. But in the background of my life, something was not quite right. Over the course of a year I gradually became less interested in life.

Things I used to feel passionate about were no longer enjoyable for me. Before, I was a very sociable person. I enjoyed going for meals and drinks with friends. Whereas now, I preferred to stay at home and be alone.

The worst thing about the whole thing was that I couldn’t explain where my low motivation came from.

I recall lying in bed one Saturday morning with my girlfriend. We had made plans to go into London for the day, and she was trying to motivate me to get out of bed. But I didn’t want to. All I wanted to do was lie there.
I felt so listless and empty; as though I had been enveloped by a black cloud.

This feeling stayed with me for months on end. It followed me around everywhere I went. And it got to the point where I was just going through the motions in life:

The standard existence for most city dwellers goes something like this:

Wake up, go to work, go to the gym, go home, eat dinner and sleep.

Except in my case, I was living, but I didn’t feel ALIVE; I felt like a passenger in my own life.

I was a shadow of my former self, and I desperately wanted to go back to who I was – the happy go lucky, driven man I knew myself to be.

Yet, I had no motivation to do anything and felt powerless to change the situation. I did have moments of drive and inspiration. However, they never lasted long enough for me to harness and make meaningful change.

Low Testosterone: The Cause For My Lack of Motivation?

I had resigned myself to my situation. I concluded I was just not a “motivated” person. Perhaps I was simply a negative person and this was my default state of mind?

But that didn’t stop me from trying to change it.

I had felt this way for several months, and couldn’t carry on living like this. Although now it was not just the lack of motivation that was the problem – I felt utterly depressed about the whole situation.

I spent countless hours reading books and trawling the internet to find out why I lacked motivation. Maybe I was depressed? Nevertheless, I knew what depression felt like and this wasn’t it. It had to be something else.

One thing that came up during research as a potential cause for my low motivation was hormonal imbalance. Specifically; low testosterone. Apparently, low testosterone (low T) or hypogonadism, could cause you to feel depressed, unmotivated and feel like you no longer enjoy life.

That was me down to a tee.

Although part of me secretly hoped this wasn’t the issue. I mean, how could a young man in the prime of life possibly have low testosterone?

Testosterone Replacement Therapy For a Guy in His 20s?

In the end, I decided to take a blood test to find out if low testosterone was the cause of my problem. I went to the local hospital and got the results back a few days later.

But I wasn’t prepared for what came next…

I had the testosterone levels of an 80 year old man!

I was dumbfounded and lost for words. Nonetheless, to make sure it wasn’t an anomaly, I went and took another blood test.

A similar result came back. I knew it was likely I would have to go on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). In fact, I was sure it was the only way I could regain my motivation for life once again.

I simply had no motivation to do anything – I needed to do something.

Subsequently, after much deliberation and soul-searching, I decided to undergo TRT. It wasn’t an easy decision, but it was the right one ( I go into more detail about the process in my book Optimized Under 35).

Suffice to say, I had exhausted all other options available to me. My diet was good, I didn’t drink alcohol, smoke, nor take drugs. I also lifted weights multiple times a week.

Yet here I was with low testosterone.
Eventually, I went to see a doctor and got a prescription for testosterone replacement therapy at the age of 28.

To say that undergoing TRT was life-changing would be an understatement.

My libido, strength in the gym, overall energy levels; pretty much EVERYTHING improved.

But one of the main things that improved once I optimized my hormonal profile was my motivation. I felt alive once again and driven to go out and accomplish things.

No longer did I want to stay in bed and bemoan my situation or pity myself. I was energized from the moment I woke up until my head hit the pillow at night.

Of course, like any human being, I still had my down days. That’s simply a fact of life. However, they became few and far between. Loss of motivation couldn’t hold me back anymore.

Ever since then, my life has gone from strength to strength.

Your Lifestyle is Killing Your Motivation

There is absolutely a physiological component to motivation. For example, if you have low testosterone; no matter what you will have no motivation.

However, I want to stress while TRT was the right choice for me, that doesn’t mean it’s right for you. I get messages daily from guys who want to take testosterone because they think it’s going to change their lives.

But here’s the thing:

Taking testosterone, or any other pill or supplement for that matter is not some magic bullet that will make all your problems disappear.

What these people don’t realize is that their terrible diet and lifestyle habits are the reason they lack motivation. Your body was not designed to consume sugar-laden, processed crap.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that you’ll feel unmotivated and depressed if you put garbage in your body.

Eating natural, whole foods is the key to feeling energetic and motivated.

Your health is your currency and determines your source of, or lack of motivation.

Similarly, if you’re not exercising regularly and generally looking after your body, I guarantee you’re going to feel like shit.

If you haven’t looked at your eating habits and lifestyle as the source of your low motivation, do so now.

The Cold Truth Behind Your Lack of Motivation

We’ve looked at the hormonal, dietary and lifestyle aspects behind lack of motivation. Now let’s take a look at the psychological component to motivation.

Nowadays, people use “lack of motivation” as an excuse for why they’re not doing the things they want.

However, in truth, motivation is not the source problem. Instead, people who complain they have no motivation are often busy playing victim.

They want to blame circumstances for their problems. Therefore, “lack of motivation” becomes a ready made excuse.

But the thing about motivation is this: it comes and goes. You can never rely on it, because often you may not have any at all.

Therefore, you must learn to act in spite of motivation. For example, if I relied purely on “motivation” to go to the gym, then I would never go. In most instances, I simply don’t feel like working out.

Most people are under the illusion that people who are fit have limitless motivation. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Even when I don’t feel like training, I make myself go anyway. Because I know the rewards are far greater than giving into the whims of my body.

And what’s the alternative? Stay home watch Netflix or jack off to some porn, then feel depressed like 95% of the population?

No thanks.

Here’s another thing. If you lack motivation, you need to stop trying to find it in external sources. Reddit motivation and YouTube motivational videos may give you a short boost for an hour.

But then what? You’re back to square one. The burning fire and drive that makes you go after the things you want in life comes from within.

Not from some magical motivation elixir. 

If you have time, I recommend you take 25 minutes out today to watch the video below. It may change your life. That is, if you take action on it.

The video is by Andrew Tate, a three time world kickboxing champion. He goes into detail about what it takes to develop a successful mindset. And that means a mindset doesn’t rely exclusively on self-motivation.

Tate’s message is not for everyone, because he talks in an extremely direct and unfiltered manner.

In my opinion, people are only turned off by it because he tells the truth. And that’s life – most people simply don’t want to hear the truth.

Final Thoughts

By now you should have a clear understanding that your lack of motivation is as much physical as it is mental.

Your level of motivation to succeed and accomplish things in life is directly correlated with your health and fitness.

That means, if you don’t take the time to look after your body through proper nutrition and exercise, you will be depressed and have no motivation.

In addition, you must cultivate the kind of mindset that means you can act even when motivation is not present. And most of the time it won’t be.

But when it does appear, it will be like a shot in the arm for you. Because you’re already used to operating and succeeding without it.

If you think that low testosterone, brain fog, low energy are holding you back in life and you want to fix it without resorting to medication, contact me about my coaching.

We’ll come up with a strategy to get you motivated and back on track through diet and lifestyle changes.

P.S. Check out my 28 Day Transformation Program to help you get your motivation back.

6 Reasons to Avoid Low Testosterone Treatment on the NHS

6 Reasons to Avoid Low Testosterone Treatment on the NHS

The National Health Service, also known as the NHS, is one of the UK’s most cherished institutions. It was the brainchild of Aneurin Bevan, who launched it in 1948.

His vision was to unite medical professionals such as doctors, dentists, nurses, etc. all under one umbrella. Financed by taxation, it would be free for people to use.

The original vision of the NHS was a noble one. As an institution, it has served the UK with distinction for decades. However, one of its downfalls is its highly centralized model.

As a result, it tends to use a “standard model of care” for most conditions. This may be OK for some things. But when it comes to a highly individualized treatment, such as testosterone replacement therapy, the NHS is completely out of its depth.

I myself have been through the NHS grinder seeking treatment for low testosterone. And overall, I found the NHS to be completely out of its depth when it comes to treating hypogonadism.

In this article, I give 7 reasons why you should avoid treatment for low testosterone on the NHS.

#1 Dismissive Doctors

When seeking treatment on the NHS for low testosterone, one of the problems many patients come across is dismissive doctors.

Indeed, I recall the first time I went to see an NHS doctor about low testosterone. Despite having all the hallmark symptoms of low testosterone, he told me I was “too young to worry about low testosterone.”

He did no further investigation on the matter. Although he did prescribe me medication, but I never took it because I knew taking pills wouldn’t solve anything.

I’ve seen this happen time and again to other men. They suffer with depression, anxiety, low libido and a host of other symptoms.

After doing research, they conclude it might be to do with low testosterone. As a result, they take their low testosterone symptoms to an NHS doctor in the hope of finding someone sympathetic to their plight. But more often than not, they’re told their symptoms have “nothing to do with testosterone.”
dismissive doctor
How dare a patient speculate on what’s wrong with their own body! A preposterous idea indeed…

Doctors are held in high because they spend years studying medicine. Yet this doesn’t excuse the “holier than thou” attitude and disdain they have for patients who come to see them about low testosterone.

#2 Patients Treated Like Criminals

Often, men seeking low testosterone treatment with the NHS are treated like criminals. Doctors and nurses alike accuse them of wanting to take testosterone for bodybuilding purposes.

There is a small minority of men who try to get a prescription for testosterone for vanity purposes. But the vast majority of men seek treatment simply because they feel like SHIT.

When a woman seeks treatment for hormonal imbalance they are applauded for “taking control of their health!” Yet when a man does it, many doctors take an accusatory tone…

How dare you think about testosterone replacement therapy on the NHS! The fact you’re breathing is enough and you should be grateful!

If you’re a man over 50 years old, it’s more than likely doctors will tell you that low testosterone is “part of aging”. And you’ll simply have to get on with it.

And if you’re a young man with low testosterone? Forget it! You have a better chance of voyaging to Mars and getting a prescription there.

But is it a crime that a man should care about his own health?

Or should he live in the abject misery of low testosterone?

Apparently, being a man and looking after your health is a crime

I know men who have been turned away by NHS doctors. So they self-medicated with black market testosterone because they felt they had no other choice:

It was either self-medicate or suffer the anguish of low testosterone.

Many of these men use testosterone therapy diligently and in therapeutic doses. later when they try to get a prescription legally, because they chose to self-medicate doctors treat them like criminals.

However, doctors need to drop their self-righteous tone. And instead of accusing patients, they should consider why patients feel compelled to self-medicate in the first place.

#3 Obsessed with Numbers

Nowadays, instead of actually treating the patient, it seems doctors are more concerned with chasing lab numbers. And this is definitely the case with the NHS guidelines for the treatment of low testosterone.

In medicine, guidelines are there to ensure a high level of patient care and prevent malpractice.

The problem here though is that the existing guidelines are a joke. As far as the NHS is concerned, a “normal” level of testosterone is between 8-29.6 nmol/l (230 – 830 ng/dl).

So for example, if your blood test shows you have a serum testosterone level of 9 nmol/l, then congratulations – you are “NORMAL!”

These “clinical guidelines” are arbitrary numbers that have no basis in optimal health. But then again the NHS is in the business of treating the sick, and doesn’t care much for optimal health…

The guidelines dreamt up by CLUELESS academics and researchers who have no first hand experience of low testosterone. They do not understand the torment of low testosterone. If they did, they would not create ridiculous guidelines that condemn men to misery.
crazy doctor
As a result, doctors prefer to treat patients based on lab numbers rather than symptoms.

Here’s a typical scenario:

A patient might their doctor complaining with the symptoms of hypogonadism (low testosterone), i.e. depression, anxiety, low sex drive, etc. However, if the patient has a “normal” level of testosterone, then the doctor will send them away.

Because guess what? His testosterone level is absolutely normal! Although if he’s lucky, he’ll the patient some antidepressants for his troubles!

The patient goes away confused. He knows something is not quite right, but the doctor insists everything is OK. He suffers with terrible symptoms. And yet the one person he looked to for answers tells him nothing is wrong.

This only adds to his pain and despair. Eventually, he gives up hope and concludes there’s nothing he can do about it.

#4 Lack of Knowledge

The United States is the world leader in testosterone replacement therapy. There you can find the most progressive doctors and the best research on the topic.

In recent years, American treatment protocols have evolved considerably and have become more patient-centric. Leading American doctors, such as Dr. Keith Nichols and Dr. John Crisler recognize the importance of frequent injections (as a minimum 1-2 x weekly). Dr. Nichols has even developed his own protocol of scrotal application of testosterone cream with outstanding results.

These doctors developed these protocols, and adapted their approach after treating thousands of patients first-hand.
However, this patient-centric and approach has not yet filtered down to the UK. The knowledge and experience is simply not there.

Doctors still adhere to textbook guidelines from the 70s that say patients must inject once every 2-3 weeks.Even endocrinologists – “experts” in the human endocrine system – follow this approach.

However, injections once every 2-3 weeks result in an initial elevation of blood testosterone, followed by a significant drop. These are known as “peaks and valleys.”

The first week after the injection you feel great; energetic and positive. But in the second week you start to feel lethargic; your sex drive diminishes, and you feel depressed.

In contrast, frequent injections maintain stable levels of blood testosterone. This allows patients to receive the full benefits of testosterone replacement therapy, avoiding the rollercoaster ride when testosterone levels drop.

If your doctor tells to inject any less than once as a week; at MINIMUM, change doctor immediately.

The fact is, most doctors know nothing about hormone optimization or testosterone replacement therapy. Whether in the US or the UK. So expecting them to help you is like your car braking down and asking your grandma to fix it.

You need to find a specialist to treat you – I’ll address this at the end of the article.

#5 Bureaucracy and Micro Management

However, this patient-centric and approach has not yet filtered down to the UK. The knowledge and experience is simply not there.

Doctors still adhere to textbook guidelines from the 70s that say patients must inject once every 2-3 weeks.Even endocrinologists – “experts” in the human endocrine system – follow this approach.

However, injections once every 2-3 weeks result in an initial elevation of blood testosterone, followed by a significant drop. These are known as “peaks and valleys.”

The first week after the injection you feel great; energetic and positive. But in the second week you start to feel lethargic; your sex drive diminishes, and you feel depressed.

In contrast, frequent injections maintain stable levels of blood testosterone. This allows patients to receive the full benefits of testosterone replacement therapy, avoiding the rollercoaster ride when testosterone levels drop.

If your doctor tells to inject any less than once as a week; at MINIMUM, change doctor immediately.

The fact is, most doctors know nothing about hormone optimization or testosterone replacement therapy. Whether in the US or the UK. So expecting them to help you is like your car braking down and asking your grandma to fix it.

You need to find a specialist to treat you – I’ll address this at the end of the article.

The NHS is highly-centralized. As a result, patients have to go through a kind of chain of command in order to receive low testosterone treatment. Or any treatment for that matter.

First, the patient must make an appointment with their local GP. Depending on the area, he may have to wait several weeks to see the doctor.

Prior to treatment – that’s if his GP lets him take a blood test and he qualifies for it – he must be referred to an endocrinologist. It may take weeks or even months to see an endocrinologist.

I myself qualified for treatment on the NHS because my testosterone was akin to an 80 year old. But the waiting list to see the endocrinologist was up to five months.

I didn’t want to suffer the anguish of low testosterone for that long. So I decided to seek treatment privately instead. It was one of the best decisions I ever made, because I saw a doctor and got treated almost immediately.

Even if you do manage to get an appointment to see an endocrinologist – there are no guarantees. I have lost count of men who told me their endocrinologist turned them away because their testosterone was “normal.” (What the hell does normal mean anyway?).

This is despite the fact their GP originally referred them because they had SYMPTOMS of low testosterone.

If you are fortunate enough (debatable) to be treated by an endocrinologist, you may have to wait weeks for approval of your treatment by a panel.

Testosterone is so dangerous to men – because who knows, it might even make them healthy! Subsequently, any low testosterone treatment with the NHS must be approved by a special commission.

#6 Limited Resources

What a JOKE.

Despite its drawbacks, the NHS does the best it can be with its limited resources. Many doctors surgeries are bloated with too many patients. Therefore, appointment times may be limited to 5-10 minutes max.

Do you think that’s enough time to make a thorough diagnosis for low testosterone?

Of course not.

But it’s enough time to prescribe to antidepressants to cure the ‘depression’ you’re suffering from!

What’s more, limited resources mean doctors try to save money where possible. This means patients don’t get blood tests because their case is not “severe enough.” And when they do receive treatment, they don’t get proper treatment protocols – because that costs money!

For example, one form of treatment that the NHS favors for testosterone replacement therapy is Nebido/ This type of treatment means a big dose of testosterone, followed by another 12 weeks later.

It’s great in theory, as patients need to inject less frequently, meaning they use less resources. But what happens is; patients see an initial surge in blood testosterone, and they feel great for a few weeks.

But then testosterone levels start to drop off… And by week five or six they feel terrible. However, they still have to wait another six weeks until the next injection! I wouldn’t wish this kind of treatment protocol on my worst enemy.

To me, this is cruel and bordering on medical malpractice. But hey, it’s testosterone right? These men should be lucky just receive it!

Final Thoughts

After reading this article you may be forgiven for thinking I have an axe to grind with the NHS. But that’s far from the truth.

I respect the medical professionals within the NHS. They do the best they can, despite being let down by the political class.

Staff are underpaid, overworked, and expected to perform miracles. And with the way they’re treated, it’s a miracle they work at all.

But the fact is, the NHS remains in the STONE AGE when it comes to testosterone replacement therapy.

Everyday countless men suffer, because the NHS has no idea how to diagnose and treat low testosterone effectively. There is an epidemic of low testosterone, not just in the UK, but worldwide. And it isn’t going away any time soon.

Until the NHS chooses to drop its arrogant “know it all” attitude and becomes more progressive, you must avoid low testosterone treatment with the NHS.

Does this mean private treatment for TRT is far superior to the NHS? Not necessarily. In fact, because most doctors train in the NHS; they take this attitude with them to the private sector. Hence why it’s imperative you find the right doctor.

You’ll have to pay for private treatment. But nothing in life worth having comes without some kind of cost.

Sadly, many UK men are so indoctrinated with the idea of the NHS. Therefore, they simply cannot fathom paying toward their own health. Imagine that – investing in your own health.

Yet they pay for the NHS via taxes, but that doesn’t count right?

The private sector is by no means perfect. However, it’s more likely you will get the type of treatment you want.

The doctor is likely more experienced and specializes in hormone replacement therapy and low testosterone treatment. And what’s more, they can be more flexible in their approach to treatment. Whereas an NHS doctor will typically stick rigidly to treatment guidelines.

However, low testosterone does not necessarily mean you need testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). In my experience, many men are able to boost their testosterone levels through nutritional and lifestyle changes.

But the problem is, most guys have no clue where to start…

If you’re in the UK and are convinced that TRT is the right option for you, I recommend you get in touch with my friends over at Balance My Hormones.

However, if you want not only to testosterone treatment on the NHS, but also lifelong medication, get in touch with me about my coaching today.

I work 1-on-1 with clients to help boost their natural testosterone levels through nutrition and lifestyle changes.

P.S.

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What Causes Low Testosterone in Young Men?

What Causes Low Testosterone in Young Men?

You’re a young man in your 20s or early 30s and your in the prime of life. You feel energetic, motivated, positive and your sex drive is great. You’re ready to take on the world.

But there’s something that’s holding you back. Although you’re not quite sure what is. You’ve done plenty of reading and conclude that it could have something to do with low testosterone.

Low testosterone, also known as hypogonadism or low T, can turn even the most enterprising young man into a hollow shell of his former self.

The symptoms of low testosterone include: tiredness, depression, anxiety, low libido and decreased enjoyment of life. Testosterone is demonized to great extent by the mainstream media. Yet as a man, testosterone is your life blood.

Among other things, testosterone is vital to the cardiovascular system, bone health, cognition and immune system function. Therefore in light of this, every man should ensure he has optimal testosterone levels.

What is Low Testosterone?

Before we talk about the causes of low testosterone in young men, let’s clarify by talking about what low testosterone actually is.

Simply put, low testosterone is a condition where you are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone. As a result, you may have one or more of the following symptoms:
man depression low testosterone
In addition to these symptoms, to classify as “low testosterone” you must have blood tests that show your total or serum testosterone levels are outside the “normal range” for men.

For most labs, this range is typically between 250 – 1000 ng/dl, or 8.7 – 34.5 nmol/l for the UK. In other words, you would have to have total testosterone of 250 ng/dl or lower to be diagnosed with low testosterone.

However, this traditional method of diagnosing low testosterone is inherently flawed.

In fact, it’s a joke.

Most doctors simply chase lab numbers when it comes to diagnosing low testosterone. Therefore, if you present to them with symptoms, if your blood test says you’re normal then there is nothing wrong with you.

Even if your doctor is sympathetic to you, then what? Your only option is to undergo testosterone replacement therapy. And while I am a big advocate of TRT because it changed by life, it’s not for everyone.

Your best bet is to find out what caused the hormonal imbalance in the first place and take steps to fix it. But this begs the question:

What is the cause of low testosterone in young men?

Although I believe real question here is: Why would a young man have low testosterone in his 20s? You’re in your physical prime. So in theory your testosterone levels should be as high as they’ll ever be right?

Unfortunately, we live in an environment that is toxic to our bodies. We are under daily assault from chemicals that disrupt our health; not least testosterone production.

In my experience, the following are the main causes of low T in young men:

Poor Lifestyle

It was normal to spend all day outdoors when I was growing up. I would play football (soccer) for hours on end, cycle around, and simply enjoyed being outside. And most kids my age were the same way.

But a lot has changed since then. Technology has advanced at breakneck speed, making our lives easier and more efficient.However, this has come at steep cost.

We live increasingly sheltered and sedentary lifestyles. We can do almost anything with the click of a button. In my opinion there is one type of technology that is more responsible for low testosterone among young men than any other: Video games.

In fact, there are so many men in western society in their 20s and 30s playing video games, I worry how the future will look.
video games
Look, say what you want about gaming. But sitting in the house all day long looking at a screen and not doing exercise isn’t helping your hormone levels.What’s more, I suspect the constant dopamine hit from video games wreaks havoc with brain chemistry.

As a result of all this is that young men are getting fatter by the day. Obesity is bad news for testosterone production. And the excess estrogen produced from fat tissue actually disrupts testicular function. This leads to lower testosterone levels.
It was normal to spend all day outdoors when I was growing up. I would play football (soccer) for hours on end, cycle around, and simply enjoyed being outside. And most kids my age were the same way.

But a lot has changed since then. Technology has advanced at breakneck speed, making our lives easier and more efficient. However, this has come at a steep cost.

We live increasingly sheltered and sedentary lifestyles. We can do almost anything with the click of a button. In my opinion, there is one type of technology that is more responsible for low testosterone among young men than any other: Video games.

In fact, there are so many men in western society in their 20s and 30s playing video games, I worry how the future will look.

Bad Diets

The typical western diet is rich in processed meats, refined sugars and low in fruit and vegetables. This type of diet is devoid of vital micronutrients such as zinc and magnesium. These are essential not only to testosterone production, but to overall health. In short, it’s trash.
western diet
The western diet lacks saturated fats vital for health; including those found in avocados and olive oil. Research indicates these fats can have a positive effect on hormone production.

One study looked at the effect of virgin Argan oil (a type of oil found in Morocco) and olive oil on the hormonal profile of healthy adult men. The study took a group of 60 male volunteers aged 23-60 years and divided them randomly into two groups. One group consumed virgin argan and the other virgin olive oil for three weeks.

Testosterone levels were measured before and after. The researchers saw a 19.9% and 17.9% increase in testosterone levels in the respective groups! Those are BIG increases. So what can we conclude from this? That virgin olive oil and Argan oil are the magic elixir we’ve all waiting for to boost testosterone? No, it simply means you need to get quality fats and stop being afraid of them.

Most people use vegetable oils, such as sunflower and palm oil for their cooking. However, vegetable oils are like kryptonite to your testosterone levels. So make sure you avoid them.

Endocrine Disruptors (EDCs)

Endocrine disruptors can be defined as anything that disrupts normal endocrine function. In other words, things that lower your testosterone production. These usually come in the form of man-made chemicals such as phthalates found in plastics, or pesticides used to kill insects.Endocrine disruptors can be found virtually everywhere you look.

Indeed, research suggests that 93% of Americans have BPAs – a powerful endocrine disruptor – in their bodies. And much like the rest of the population, young men are exposed to these endocrine disruptors every day.

It still amazes me to come across so many young men with low testosterone. It truly is an untold epidemic. Often times, these men are living a “fit lifestyle.” They look after their health; they train diligently and diet consummately.

Yet they still suffer with testosterone in the 200 or 300 ng/dl range. The issue? I believe it’s down to endocrine disruptors.

Where possible, (and it’s almost impossible today) aim to avoid products are free of synthetic chemicals, or that have a minimal amount. That includes household items such as detergents, or toiletries such as deodorant and shampoo.

Products free of harmful toxins tend to be few and far between and more expensive. But for the positive effect it can have on your health and testosterone levels, the investment is worth it.

Hormone optimization physician, Dr Keith Nichols, believes that endocrine disruptors are a leading cause of low testosterone in young men. He has even coined a term for it: “Testosterone Resistance Syndrome” (TRS).

Final Thoughts

In this article, we’ve only scratched the surface on what causes low testosterone in young men. The entire situation is complex and multifaceted. I go into greater depth on it in my upcoming book, Optimized Under 35. And inside the book, I give you concrete strategies on what you can do to combat low testosterone.

In some instances – as in my case- the only solution to your low testosterone may be a medical intervention. That means you need to undergo testosterone replacement therapy.

However, in my experience, the primary cause of low testosterone in young men is poor lifestyle choices. If exercise and eating clean are not high up on your priorities right now, you need to change that quickly.

Otherwise, you’re likely to become a victim of low testosterone and live a life of quiet desperation. Sadly, this is exactly the kind of life most men live.

They become locked in their own self-made prison. One that they created through their own lifestyle choices. But here’s the thing. If you created it, then you can get yourself out of it.

As a young man, you still have plenty of time to address this. That means taking action right now.

Don’t delay.

P.S. If you’re suffering with the symptoms of low testosterone and need advice on getting your lifestyle and diet in order, get in contact with me about my coaching.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Ancient Chinese proverb

P.P.S And if you’re looking for an exercise program to boost your testosterone with a straightforward diet and exercise program, check out my 28 Day Transformation Bootcamp.