Height: 5 feet and 11 inches
Weight: 235lbs currently, Usually 250+ in past
Body fat Percentage: 20% - 30% maybe even higher
Age: 22 y/o
Current Total Testosterone: 322
Quick Personal Bio:
I Have been obese my entire life. Horrible diet, low to zero activity level, and developed the body to accompany the lifestyle. This reached a critical point about 8 months ago when i started a prison sentence for DUI. During the isolation I found the resolve to change my life around 180 degrees. During some body weight exercises with a friend in prison he asked if I have had trouble losing weight. I replied yes. He asked if I am often tired for no apparent reason during the day. Same reply. He asked if I suffer from depression. Same reply. He pointed out my pre-mature hair loss and over sized breasts and told me I show all the signs for an Under active thyroid. Upon release I had blood work done two weeks ago for the thyroid and my doctor suggested I test my testosterone levels as well.
Lifestyle upon release/August 2013:
as part of my self commitment to my new lifestyle I began a radical change in diet. I eat exclusively eggs, vegetables, chicken breasts, salmon and other fish, occasional snack of pistachios cottage cheese along with the occasional other meat and small amounts of granola to go with a small serving of yogurt and berries a couple mornings a week. Whey protein in 60 gram serving once a day. My focus is on as few carbs as possible while getting 180 grams of proteins a day. I do not religiously count my calories but focus in on whole foods and portion control. I am working in lawn maintenance and work just under 20 hours a week mainly consisting of mowing lawns at a decent heart rate. This goes along with a physical and blood check which leads me to the subject of testosterone and my apparent lack of it.
As my activity level increases with this new job and healthy diet I am still feeling mild depression, tiredness during middle afternoon, inability to get a solid nights sleep, and mood fluctuations. I just had a follow up am blood draw to recheck the testosterone levels. This is being done by a general practitioner.
1. Do I qualify as having Low T?
2. What role has low T had in my weight gain? (I understand the importance of calories in/calories out in overall weight and acknowledge my very poor diet and lifestyle of the past)
3. What should I expect if I move forward with TRT?
That's all I can thank of right now. I have found a lot out from this forum and other articles on the subject but feel I would benefit greatly from becoming a member here and posting my information and situation and getting some personalized feedback.
Thanks for any and all input!
Please feel free to ask any questions regarding my situation for me clearance.