Weight: 230 lbs
Body/facial hair: some facial hair (not full) and little body hair
Carry fat: midsection and chest under nipples
Health conditions: none that I know of
RX and OTC drugs: never used any hair loss drugs, don't take any OTC drugs, never used steroids or anything like that
Was eating very low fat/high protein diet (10% fat calorie intake) and on a calorie deficit. Since the results have increased fats to 35-40% and switched to maintenance calories ~2800.Training:
I'm pretty sure I was overtraining. Lifting heavy 5 days/week and doing HIIT cardio rowing sessions 4 days/week. Maybe only 1 day a week rest without either lifting or cardio. I've since stopped and just walk everyday. Would like to get back to some training though if possible.Testes ache:
No, never.Morning wood:
Never for over a year. No libido at all.
I'm exciting to find this site. I recently had my T tested and here were the results:
I've felt pretty bad (sour mood, tired, low libido, not sleeping well) for about a year and half. Here's more background to my story. About 3 years ago I weighed almost 400lbs (I'm 6'4"). I decided to start losing weight so I limited myself to three healthy meals/day. This went on for about a year and I lost 100lbs. Then I started working out to lose more. Within months I was running every day (5-8k) and also doing a P90x style workout everyday. I would take maybe 1 rest day a week and doing all this while in a caloric deficit. I got down to 200lbs but was skinny/fat looking. During this time of intense cardio (about year and half ago) was when I started having all the low T symptoms I described above. I didn't realize you could overtrain.
At this point I wanted to gain muscle back because I didn't like how I was looking so I started to lift weights. I started doing that pretty seriously over the past year (squats, deadlifts, presses, etc). I started tracking calories at this point and was going through cuts and bulks. Up until last week I was lifting 5 days/week and doing heavy HIIT rowing about 4 days/week. Rarely taking a day of from either. I also in a about a 20% calorie deficit and eating a high protein, low fat diet (~35% protein, 15% fat, 50% carbs).
So after getting my test results just over a week ago I have been researching and realized all the mistakes I have been making (overtraining, no rest/recovery days, calorie deficit, low fat/high protein diet).
For the past week I have stopped all training and just started walking about 45 mins/day. I've increased my calories to maintenance (~2800) and started including more fat and carbs (red meat, avocados, rice, etc) and less protein (shooting for 40% fat, 40% carbs, 20% protein). I already take a good multi-vitamin, fish oil and vitamin D daily. I've order some Boron, PS, Ashwagandha and Forskolin to try.
I'm hoping these changes will correct my low T levels soon. I have a few questions though.
1.) Are there things I'm missing that I should be doing to try and correct this?
2.) I plan to just walk for 1-2 weeks and do no other training. I'm wondering if I should start lifting after that or not (would only do that 3 days a week to start). Should I start this back up after a 2 week rest? I'm not sure if I should rest longer until I feel better or stick with the heavy lifting (no cardio) since from what I read is supposed to help increase T.
3.) Saying my issue is just overtraining, does anyone have any guesses on how long it might take before my T will go up and I start to feel better?
My doctor recommended I see an endocrinologist. So I have an appointment with one in 2 months (takes a while I guess). I really think I did this to myself by doing what I described above but I'm going to get checked out further just to make sure. Also I think it will be good to get my T re-tested in two months to see if these changes are helping.
Thanks for reading and I look forward to any response!