5 Myths About Testosterone (That Refuse To Die)
Your thoughts and beliefs drive every aspect of your life.
They can enslave you to a life of mediocrity or they can empower you to take action towards the life that you truly want.
Today, I will dispel 5 commonly held beliefs about testosterone that are hindering your results and killing your progress.
These testosterone myths are being peddled by doctors, trainers, nutritionists, and the mainstream media, but don’t let that tempt you to fall for them.
Myth #1 - Declining Testosterone Is a Normal Part of Aging
How many times have you heard or read that a man’s testosterone instantly begins to drop once he hits 30?
The relationship between age and testosterone is a classic case of correlation versus causation.
Although older age is associated with declining testosterone, it is not age, in itself, that is causing the low T.
In the widely cited Massachusetts Male Aging Study, researchers found that the average American man’s testosterone level dropped by 1.3-1.4% every year from 1987-2004 (1). Assuming that this trend has maintained its pace, and not sped up, the average 45 year old in 2018 has 43% (1.4*31) lower testosterone than the average 45 year old had in 1987.
In other words:
The generational decline in testosterone, as we face it today, is taking place independently of age.
In another study, Australian scientists recruited 325 men between the ages of 40-97 who had self-reported excellent health and no symptoms to complain of. Blood samples were collected from these men nine times over three months. When observing the entire sample of 325 men, even with the large age range, researchers found that age had no effect on testosterone (2).
You CAN maintain optimal levels of T, no matter how old you are.
Age is not an excuse for your declining T-levels.
Myth #2 - Younger Guys Don't Have To Worry About Low T
The same way that older men prescribe their low T as an inevitable part of aging, younger guys think that youth is what keeps them immune to it.
The truth is:
Guys in their twenties are suffering from sub-optimal T:
At 24, my total testosterone level came back at 564 ng/dL. This is a level that’s considered well within the so-called “normal range”, but it was also the level at which I was barely able to crawl out of bed each morning, I was skinny-fat, and my sex drive was nowhere to be seen.
Since taking the steps to naturally increase my levels (from 564 to 902 ng/dL), not only have all these symptoms completely disappeared but I have also become a more grounded and powerful version of myself.
The real cause of declining testosterone has very little to do with age and very much to do with how you eat, move, and go about everyday life. Nothing more.
Myth #3 - Testosterone Replacement Therapy Is The Best Way To Increase Testosterone Levels
Order some of this gel, rub it on your arms and shoulders, and INSTANTLY shred fat, skyrocket your libido, and gain slabs of muscle.
With promises like these, it’s no wonder that millions of men are seeking out testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
The problem with TRT, though, is that it addresses the symptoms of low T while completely ignoring the root cause of low T.
Think about it like this:
You have a pot of boiling water and you want it to cool down. The symptoms approach would involve you constantly dropping ice cubes into the pot. But if you take the root cause approach, you would simply switch off the flame that’s causing the water to boil.
And the proverbial flame that’s wreaking havoc on your testosterone?
Your lifestyle choices.
Not only is TRT a band-aid approach, but it is also potentially dangerous - blood clots and strokes are just some of the many reported side-effects.
What’s more is that once you get started on TRT, you’re effectively chained to buying treatments for the rest of your life. How come? Because when so much exogenous T is coming in, your body shuts off its own natural production.
These are the reasons why, at Triple Your T, I only preach the natural route towards testosterone optimization.
Don't be tempted by the "quick-fix" that is TRT. Not only is it a lifelong treatment (that will cost you thousands of dollars over the long term) but it also comes with a fair share of potentially dangerous side-effects.
Myth #4 - Protein Is Very Important For Testosterone
More Protein = More Muscle = More Testosterone?
Protein is considered the holy grail amongst gym rats and broscientists who gulp down protein powders in an attempt to speed up their muscle growth.
The truth is:
A high protein diet can be detrimental to your testosterone production.
Because the higher your protein intake, the lower your intake of fats and carbs - both of which are more important for T.
A study from the Journal of Physiology found that subjects on a low-carb, high protein diet had 26% lower total testosterone levels compared to subjects on a high-carb, low-protein diet (4).
Don’t get me wrong, protein is important. But don’t get caught up in the hype of eating too much of it.
So how much protein should you eat?
After analyzing ALL of the notable research on protein and body composition, Menno from Bayehsian Bodybuilding found that 0.8 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight is the upper limit at which protein intake affects body composition.
Even that number includes a mark-up. Most studies find that there are no benefits to consuming more than 0.64 grams/lb of bodyweight.
Going overboard with protein can be detrimental to your T. Stick with a protein consumption at or below 0.8 grams per pound of bodyweight.
Myth #5 - Having High Testosterone Makes Men Violent And Aggressive
Does testosterone make you more aggressive in the pursuit of your goals, growth, and fulfillment?
But the belief that high testosterone men are prone to violence and physical aggression is a myth.
In a study of adolescent boys, researchers found that the boys with the lowest levels of T were, in fact, the ones most prone to physical aggression (5). These same boys also had the lowest grades and were unpopular with their peers.
And the boys with the highest levels of T?
They were perceived as the most socially dominant and were also the most popular amongst their peers. Researchers from the study concluded that testosterone positively correlates with social success rather than with physical aggression.
This makes sense given the fact that depression is a known side-effect of low T (6) and that anger, hostility, and irritability are frequently observed in men with depression (7). Men given testosterone treatments actually experience a significant reduction in tension and anger (8).
Having high testosterone levels won't make you angry. It is, in fact, low testosterone that induces the negative emotions that can result in the outbreak of physical aggression.
Stop using age as an excuse, don’t be tempted by the “quick fix”, stop chugging all that protein powder, and no, higher testosterone levels won’t make you angry.
The fact that you’re reading this right now means that there’s a gap between where you are right now and where you want to be in the future - don’t let these myths widen that gap.
Understand that your decisions determine your destiny.
Turning the table on sub-optimal T is simply a matter of making the right decisions around nutrition and lifestyle. But with the plethora of information out there, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction.
And this is the entire reason I decided to create the Anabolic Ignition System:
The breakthrough, step-by-step, proven roadmap that cuts through all the BS, takes you by the hand, and propels you towards a life of testosterone-enriched vitality...
...even if you're fat, lazy, lethargic, and don't know where to start.
May 21st, 2018 gentlemen. Be ready.