Low-Fat Diet Lowers Testosterone in Men

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For years, mainstream doctors had a simple mantra for people trying to lose weight…

Cut fat to lose fat. 

A low-fat diet—especially one low in animal fats—was touted as the best way to slim down. 

The food industry saw it as an opportunity to create a whole new range of products. Fat-free products flew off store shelves.

Low-fat eating became a way of life for many of us.

Pretzels were good (no fat). Nuts were bad (loaded with fat). Baked potatoes were OK, but hold the sour cream. And salads? Sure, greens are great, but no oily salad dressing.    

Where did all of this get us? 

It made us fatter than ever.[1]  

Nearly 70% of American adults are now obese or overweight. This is an all-time high. 

And now a new study shows that a low-fat diet has another harmful effect if you are a man. It may make you less of one. 

The research appeared in The Journal of Urology. Scientists analyzed data from a nationwide health study involving 3,100 subjects. Men on a low-fat diet had lower testosterone levels than those on other diets.[2]

This means low-fat diets could be contributing to the fact that about 500,000 men in the U.S. are diagnosed with a deficiency of the male hormone each year.

And contrary to popular belief, this is not just a problem for older guys. About as many middle-aged men (35%) have low T as older men (34%).[3]

Research shows men with low T are up to 300% more likely to have two or more chronic health conditions. These include decreased energy and libido, and higher risk of diabetes, heart disease, and depression.[4]

Lose Weight Without Losing Your Manhood

Fat is not the enemy. Today, many doctors are starting to tell their patients what we’ve been saying for years: Your body needs fats.

They are good for your heart. And they cut your risk of diabetes.

They reduce chronic inflammation, which can lead to heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s.

Fat is an important source of energy. And it helps your body absorb vitamins. It is necessary for blood clotting and muscle function.

Also, fat actually helps keep you slim. When you eat fat with protein, it helps you feel full. You’re therefore less likely to overeat.

The real enemy is carbs. At least 21 high-quality studies have tested low-fat and low-carb diets head to head.

As you can see from the chart below, 20 of the 21 studies found that low-carb diets are more effective for weight loss than low-fat ones.[5]

In many of the studies, the difference was dramatic. Low-carb groups often lost two or three times as much weight as low-fat groups.

Low-carb diets also were more effective in getting rid of belly fat. 

Low-carb eating is simple. Follow these guidelines:[6]

  • Avoid sugar and starchy foods like bread, pasta, rice, beans, and potatoes.
  • Eat meat, fish, eggs, non-starchy vegetables, and natural fats like olive oil and butter.
  • Fruits that are high in fiber and low in sugar are OK. They include berries, avocados, grapefruit, kiwis, pears, and watermelon. But avoid fruit juices. They are typically high in sugar.

The most important rule of low-carb eating? Avoid sugary foods and drinks that push insulin higher, especially soda.

You don’t have to count calories or weigh your food. Eat when you’re hungry and until you’re satisfied.

You can lose weight on a low-carb diet. You’ll lose more than you bargained for—valuable testosterone—on a low-fat diet.

Editor’s Note: Don’t fall for the calorie cutting myth. Calories don’t drive weight gain. Something else does. And it’s easy to control.

Discover more by reading The Weight-Loss-for-Life Protocol. It’s in Independent Healing, the monthly newsletter that deciphers the latest science to bring you unbiased medical information that can transform your health. Find out more HERE.

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[5] https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/23-studies-on-low-carb-and-low-fat-diets#section2