Testosterone and Weight Loss: Can Androgens Help you Lose Weight and Burn Fat?

If you type “the benefits of testosterone” to Google, you’ll find dozens of articles which list increased ability to burn fat as one of the main benefits of having high T levels…

…Does testosterone really do that though? And if so, why would it happen? Can guys with low T lose weight?

You’ll learn how testosterone and weight loss affect each other in this article:

Testosterone and Weight Loss

Testosterone and weight loss for health Considering the fact that you’re not on steroids, losing weight means that you MUST burn more energy (calories) than what you consume. In other words, you have to put yourself into a state of negative energy balance.

No matter what you’ve heard from the so called gurus and experts, weight loss always means that you have to feed your body less energy than what it burns, in this case your body has to tap into its own energy reserves to keep its functions running.

Science has – without a shade of doubt – proven multiple times that energy deficit is the only REAL way to lose weight, irregardless of macronutrient ratios, or insulin, glycaemic index, gluten, or any other fad-trick-claim-scam-hype that’s out there (study, study, study, study, study, study, study, study, study, study, study, study, study, study, study, study, study, study, study).

Heck, professor Mark Haub got so sick of the claims of calories-in vs. calories-out not being true, that he ate Twinkies, Doritos, Oreos and protein shakes for 2 months, while constantly being on a calorie deficit of ~800 kcal per day.

Guess what happened? He lost 27 pounds. Some clean-eating experts would argue that the amount of weight lost is not important, rather it is the amount of lost fat, so it’s important to mention that Mark’s body fat percentage also fell from 33.4% to 24.9%.

The point? You will lose weight as long as you feed your body less energy than it burns, even if you eat the most absolute junk. Yes, the human body is an “open system”, but still, you can’t really escape the laws of thermodynamics. Period.

So, does this mean that having high or low levels of testosterone makes no difference for the body’s ability to burn fat? Yes, and then, no.

As long as you’re in a state of negative energy balance, you will lose weight, irregardless of your testosterone levels. However, increasing testosterone levels for weight loss is a good idea. Testosterone can still help you shed of the layers of fat faster with the following ways:

Higher levels of testosterone make it easier for your body to burn adipose tissue (fat), instead of muscle mass.

Increased T, boosts metabolic rate, which increases the energy burned, and thus creates a bigger calorie deficit.

Having high levels of testosterone in the blood stream, directly inhibits the creation of some new fat cells.

So, does testosterone burn fat? How big of a difference does testosterone really make?

If we look at things from a natural perspective, fluctuating in-between the normal range of total testosterone (250-1200 ng/dL), a decrease from ~600 ng/dL to ~300 ng/dL (achieved with the administration of a GnRH antagonist drug), caused a staggering 36% increase in the fat mass of healthy human subjects.

This leads to the following two testosterone and body fat observations :

  • increased amount of lean mass gained, with lower amounts of fat mass gained on a caloric surplus
  • increased amount of fat mass lost, with more lean mass preserved on a calorie deficit

Conclusion on Testosterone and Weight Loss

Bottom line is that testosterone fluctuating in the normal subphysiological ranges isn’t going to get you lean if you are on a caloric surplus (although it slightly increases metabolic rate), but high T will improve your body composition with increased lipolysis and prevention of new fat cell creation. So there is  benefit to optimizing your testosterone for weight loss.


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Testosterone and Weight Loss: Can Androgens Help you Lose Weight and Burn Fat? was last modified: July 20th, 2017 by Ali Kuoppala
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Ali Kuoppala is the founder of Anabolic Men, and an Independent Researcher that has been credited with organizing the findings that have helped thousands of men reach hormonal balance.
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  • nick

    the problem is that when you eat shit your metabolism will slow down in the long run

  • Eirikr Haukur

    Yo Ali,

    I’ve been using a liquid vitamin D3 of very high quality lately, but there’s a problem with it. It appearently contains sunflower seed oil, which I know is not a very good oil for T. I take about 0,5-1ml every day of this supplement, do you think it will harm my testosterone? My diet is very T-friendly other than this.

    • Hey,

      No need to worry, 0,5-1ml is such a miniscule amount that it won’t affect anything hormone-wise. I assume it’s in the supplement as carrier liquid and improves the absorption of D3.

  • Mindy Gugenheimer

    Hey Ali, I was thinking of but the raw code male multivitamin , and I already follow your dietary requirements and supplement with iodine and not on, and I’m just worried will I be taking in too much nutrients or will I experience toxicity from over supplementing, do you ever have this problem, and what should I change of any? How do you avoid access nutrient

  • Mindy Gugenheimer

    Also does lycopene reduce testosterone?

  • alan2102

    You write: “He lost 27 pounds. Some clean-eating experts would argue that the amount of weight lost is not important, rather it is the amount of lost fat, so it’s important to mention that Mark’s body fat percentage also fell from 33.4% to 24.9%.”

    He lost about 8% body fat. If he started at 200 lbs, then he lost about 16 lbs of fat, and 11 pounds of lean tissue (total 27 lbs). That’s a LOT of lean tissue, and a very bad proportional loss. If he started at 250 lbs, then it would be somewhat better: 20 lbs of fat lost, and 7 pounds of lean tissue — still a lot of lean tissue, but not quite so bad. If he had eaten more protein and less garbage, he would not have lost so much lean tissue.

    • True. More protein would of have preserved his lean tissue, as well as if the deficit wouldn’t of have been so aggressive. Also, if he would of have done some resistance training during the diet, the effect of muscle loss might of been even lower.

    • -ZG

      An excellent point.
      Also, the increased T below normal levels creates fat and increases improve lipoid….. I don’t see these claims being any more or less aligned with “conservation of energy” than low carb or glycemic index claims.

  • Peter Vandelinder

    Irregardless is not a word, the word you’re looking for is regardless.

  • Gev

    previous site organization was better – nutrition, supplement, training and so on, within which a lot of articles, now more difficult to find themes like estrogen reduction ets. newcomer would not even know about such specific themes.

    • Hey Gev,

      You are correct, the guides help navigation. They are only temporarily off from the sidebar as I’m restyling and updating them so they will be back soon.

      – Ali

  • Green Deane

    It is more than calories in, calories out. Put a gallon of water in your car and see how it runs. There’s a lot of energy in water but the car’s system does not handle it well. It is the same with food in the human body. Foods are not equal and they affect the body’s running just as water or kerosene will affect your car’s performance. Thus it is not just calories in calories out. Period. The kind of calories matter.

  • Bob413

    Calories in vs Calories out is so far from the Truth, and the funny thing is, this article basically tells you WHY someone gains or loses weight; Testosterone.

    Your twinkie and oreo loving professor had high levels of T while burning.. you know the Rich Froning’s & Michael Phelps of the world who eat whatever the hell they want and never gain a pound. No they do not burning thousands upon thousands of calories a day.

    It has been shown in over thousands of studies dating back over a century ago that those whom were the most obese ate the fewest amount of calories in controlled trials. This was conclusively proven, it was noted amongst all the scientists and researches in these trials, but the beauty of this was, they weren’t even looking for it, as the trials were looking for something else.

    You want to burn fat? Get your T up and melt it off; as it melts off with a diet promoting fat loss, your T will drop. Drops enough that weight loss stalls, follow a diet that promotes natural T generation, rinse and repeat.

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  • Justin Baker

    “Irregardless.”