Weight Loss Over the Age of Forty

Weight Loss Over Age Forty

Weight loss is a challenge at any age. But, after the age of forty women in particular have the added obstacle of having to overcome the hormonal changes in the body. Hormones have a definite impact on weight loss.

Of course, weight training is always recommended, no matter what your age. Unfortunately, in your forties and fifties your body responds differently to exercise. Even when you are burning up the calories, the fat is reluctant to leave, preferring to stay in your body, marbleizing your muscles. You might be surprised to learn that this has to do with the diminishing amount of testosterone in your body as you age.

To combat the decrease of testosterone, a high protein source of whey protein. In research from Finland, scientists gave participants 15 grams of whey isolate both before and after resistance exercises. Muscle biopsy showed an increase in testosterone production of up to 25 percent, which was maintained for 48 hours. Garlic, Cruciferous Vegetables, and Olive Oil are great for helping testosterone metabolism. 

Salmon is a good choice also as it is rich in protein and Vitamin D (and let’s not forget those healthy Omega-3 oils). Broccoli, spinach, beef and lentils is helpful for the iron it provides, building up your red blood cells that in turn carry oxygen to your muscles.

Another less talked about subject is testosterone replacement therapy. Women that already have built a good amount of muscle mass, don’t need it.  However, women with little muscle mass, can greatly benefit from TRT.  There are also many benefits of TRT for women. Testosterone is important for women since it is a major precursor of estradiol production. In premenopausal women, circulating testosterone levels are approximately 10-fold greater than estradiol levels.1 The normal range for testosterone in women is 15 to 70 ng/dL, and by the time women reach their 40s, their blood testosterone levels are approximately one-half less than in their 20s.1 

A man would typically use 190 mg of Testosterone Cypionate a week, to bring his low levels of testosterone up to an optimized level. This optimized level is what a healthy 20 year old male would have if they got their blood work done. A women would be prescibe a much much lesser dose and would need to be monitored more closely through blood work. 

Finally, don’t underestimate the value of weight training 30 minutes to 1 hour a day which will help burn those calories and continue to do so even after the workout is over!

There’s no denying that success in the weight loss department after the age of forty
requires a little more of a concentrated effort.. It’s a harsh reality, but weight loss can be accomplished if you follow these guidelines. Even more importantly, you will be improving your overall health resulting in feeling stronger and healthier. Isn’t that the ultimate goal in any diet regimen?  Contact me to get started on an training plan that is right for you.

Reference:

 Davis SR, Davison SL. Current perspectives on testosterone therapy for women. Menopausal Med. 2012;20:S1-S4.

How Testosterone Replacement Therapy Can Help You

menHow Testosterone Replacement Therapy Can Help You

Just as women suffer and complain about the effects of aging, so do men. Men notice that they have a steep decline in their muscle mass and strength as well as in their sex drive. They also notice fewer erections, more fatigue and often loose skin. As they continue to age the fat deposits tend to settle more into the mid section and suddenly, they look into the mirror and don’t see themselves anymore. They see a younger version of their fathers or brothers. Testosterone replacement therapy can help with these symptoms and more. You don’t have to suffer in silence.

Aging

Testosterone can counteract some of the effects of aging. It won’t stop these effects completely, but it will slow them down allowing the user to enjoy their favorite things in life a bit longer. Many choose an Androgen replacement therapy for this purpose. Administered via injection or through the use of skin creams, gels such as Androgel, or patches, this therapy is said to delay and lessen the effects that men tend to notice in aging. It’s important to note here that these results will vary from person to person. Studies are still under clinical trials as far as the benefits in healthy men.

Cancer and Other Diseases

Androgen testosterone therapy is also used to treat men who may have lost some of their testicular function through cancer or other diseases. Unfortunately, if men have had prostate cancer or happen to be at an elevated risk for prostate cancer, this treatment is still controversial as some of the studies reveal that it may actually increase the risk for prostate cancer and other medical issues. Again, this is very controversial and other tests completely refute these results.

What Does Androgen Mean?

The Greek word “andro” means man and the Greek word “gen” means giving birth. They’ve named this hormone Androgen as scientists recognize that the body creates this hormone through the testes, the ovaries and the adrenal glands. It’s important to note here that women also produce testosterone in their adrenal glands however, they have a far smaller amount of it in their systems.

What is Testosterone For In The Body, How Does Testosterone Replacement Therapy Work?

The main characteristic of testosterone is to produce facial hair on males, tighter skin and lower body fat. Testosterone is also responsible for a mans deeper voice, his muscle growth and his sexual organs growth and development. It can inhibit fat deposits in the body and increases adult hippocampal neurogenesis (AHN) in the brain. It can also help in erections and helping a man remain feeling sexually vital as he ages.

As men age, the body produces less testosterone and thus the man begins to see the signs of age such as loose skin, lower muscle mass as well erection issues, decrease brain function and energy. For this reason a doctor may prescribe testosterone to help relieve some of these symptoms.

Embarrassment

Many men are afraid to talk to their doctor about lower testosterone levels. They shouldn’t be. The truth is, they are doctors and they have heard it all. It’s important to remain in good health and this includes hormone levels. If a man is noticing any issues mentioned above he should schedule an appointment with his doctor and discuss the possibility of going on a testosterone regimen to improve his overall physical and physiological condition. While aging is a normal part of life, he certainly doesn’t need to be miserable or miss out on things due to low testosterone levels. A true form of the test is to have your Free Testosterone level checked.

What Is The Right Way To Take Testosterone?

This is a question best discussed between patient and doctor. Testosterone can readily be administered via injection, patch, tablets or pills, creams or gels. Each form has its pluses and minuses. Injections are injected into fat or muscle, gels are applied generally under the arms as are the creams and tablets or pills are taken as prescribed. Some forms will act more quickly than others. Your doctor will discuss with you the benefits of the various forms of application.

Testosterone replacement therapy can help ease a man though those mid years where he is starting to feel a decline in his libido or energy levels, they can also provide relief if he’s had surgery due to cancer or other diseases.

Make an appointment and discuss your personal benefits with your doctor today.

If you are looking to get into optimal conditioning before you start your testosterone replacement therapy please contact me.  There is a baseline screening process that your doctor will be you through to be considered a candidate and if the rest of your health is good, it’s easier to be a good candidate for testosterone replacement therapy.