I’m sure this gets asked a lot, so apologies in advance, but I’m conflicted about TRT being ‘borderline’ and whether I can push it up naturally, enough, at 36 y/o.
I’ve done keto (w/ a couple cycles) for a year and dropped from 210 to 155 lbs which is my target weight, but I’ve plataued at 24% BF for months.The best way I can describe it is like failing to kickstart an engine. I hit a sweet spot in the gym, feel great with diet, I’m building muscle which is reflected in a BF% drop and measurements, I’ve got momentum and then…I don’t recover from a workout (even managing intensity/type) and ride back up to where I was the week before. It is damn frustrating.
All of my biomarkers are in range, except Cholesterol/LDL, Free-T, cRP:
Total T: 449 ng/dl
SHBG: 43 nmol/L
Free-T(direct): 5.0 ng/dl
Total T: 446 ng/dl
SHBG: 52 nmol/L
Free-T(calc): 6.8 ng/dl (I’m not sure how this calcs out to being higher)
My theory is cortisol is my wall. As an experiment I took DHEA+Rhodiola preworkout and did feel a lot better w/ faster recovery though not sure it improved performance. Which I’m okay with as long as I could get to a better bf composition, but maybe TRT could knock out two birds? On the flipside, not sure what I think of being ‘dependent’ on TRT. Any thoughts/suggestions? Thx