In your case/thread opening post:
-height 5 feet 8 inches
-describe body and facial hair - Head has MPB. I shave head bald. Body- Very hairy arms, chest and legs. Back has hair but not as bad as rest of body
-describe where you carry fat and how changed- I have always carried in my love handles, belly button area and chest. I can see abs. I do not have a hard fat belly but I have soft fat where I do have it. (Pics in dropbox folder)
-health conditions, symptoms [history] I have always felt relatively healthy. Was a smoker from 18 to 26. I did have shingles about 6 years ago. Very mild case. Right at the end of January 2014 I made a commitment to try to get myself extremely healthy. Started going to a very reputable doctor/nutritionist back in March 2014. He did blood work and it was discovered I have a blood mutation called MTHFR. I am on supps to supposedly help that condition. When I first started seeing this Dr he had me take my temp 4 times a day for a week. I ranged anywhere from 97.1 to 97.3. He did not seem to even address these temps. Are they of concern? Reason I am even exploring T-Nation is my nutritionist said we HAVE to get my E down and my T up yet his only suggestion was taking various over the counter suppps. I seem to have plateaued for the last month and a half to two months. Fat is not going anywhere.
-Rx and OTC drugs, any hair loss drugs or prostate drugs ever- No hair loss or prostate drugs.
Supplements started in March: Nutritional Frontiers T-Boost, SAMe, 2000mg Vitamin D, 50mg DHEA, Multivitamin, Methyl Protect, Neo-40, Zinc, Fish oil, ZMA, Melatonin 3mg
Supplements after June blood draw: MHP T-Bomb, DHEA 75mg, Myomin for estro control, Fish oil, 2000mg Vitamin D, liquid zinc, ZMA, Melatonin 3mg
I was always a skinny kid and when I was about 14 years old my father bought me the Original HOT STUFF which I am pretty sure was taken off market for having steroids in it. I took it for several months. When I had taken it I began to develop my fat storage on my chest and love handles. My body changed forever right then and there.
-lab results with ranges - see drop box attachment. I attached my original labs when I first saw my nutritionist in March as well as the repeat set taken in June. I also attached my body comps. No idea how accurate the body comp tests are but putting here for more insight into my process
-describe diet - Eat 6 meals a day. Body for life style. Avoid wheat and gluten. Track calories, Strive to be between 2000 â?? 2200, Aim for 40,30,30 Carb, Pro, Fat. I quit added sugar for the most part. Rarely drink but if I do I will have a few.
-describe training - 6 days a week. 3 day I weight train 45 minutes to an hour and 3 days I either do 20 minutes of HIIT or Insanity workouts.
-testes ache, ever, with a fever? Don’t know if I have a fever along with it but occasionally after training my nuts get a twinge when I take a piss. Doesn’t last long. Nothing I was ever alarmed by.
-how have morning wood and nocturnal erections changed - I honestly never paid attention to morning wood but have for the past few weeks. I have it occasionally. I would say 4 or five out of 7 days its there but it isn’t a rock hard boner. I will say I used to be the most horny dude on the planet. That has changed over the last year. No signs of ED but the urge that was always there just isn’t anymore. Don’t beat it hardly ever. Used to quite a bit LOL.
In conclusion I am on T-Nation because I want to know if I am just spinning my wheels at this point. I train hard. I eat well, could probably still use to sleep better. Workouts are good to sometimes great. Strength has improved but lately I feel stuck. Could it be my test levels and estro levels? I am sick of having a fatty chest and love handles. I can see an excellent shape with 6 pack abs under the soft belly fat. I am attaching some photos showing me in January when I started and current ones now. There has been a definite improvement but the damn man boobs and belly are hanging tough. Any help is appreciated. I feel like if T and E are really an issue for me throwing over the counter supplements that may or may not work is probably not the way to go. I’ve read the stickies and did my best to provide as much info as possible. Thanks in advance for any help that you guys can offer.
March blood work - Dropbox - 3-16 Blood.pdf - Simplify your life
June blood work - T went down and was swithced from T-Boost to T-Bomb and Myomin. Dropbox - 6-30 Blood.pdf - Simplify your life