Regardless of age, activity level, or appearance, it’s safe to say that getting rid of belly fat is one of the most common physical goals shared by men. Yet unlike fat in other areas of the body, belly fat can be particularly difficult to shed. Its inextricable connection to testosterone levels may help explain why.
It’s clear that testosterone has a significant impact on body composition and physique. In addition to helping produce muscle mass, testosterone has a noticeable effect on fat storage in the body. To put it simply, when you aren’t making enough testosterone, your body can enter a catabolic state resulting in muscle loss, a slower metabolism, and increased fat storage.
In fact, a recent review of studies confirmed that men with low T levels have higher amounts of adipose tissue (body fat).
Frustratingly, while low testosterone can lead to increased fat storage in the belly, excessive belly fat also appears to suppress testosterone levels, making it even more difficult for men with low T to stop the cycle and lose belly fat.
This happens because belly fat contains particularly high levels of aromatase–an enzyme that testosterone converts into estrogen–resulting in higher levels of estrogen. When a man has higher levels of estrogen in his body, his hormones will eventually tell his body to slow down the production of testosterone. And as we already know, lower testosterone means more body fat—especially in the belly.
If you think low T may be behind your stubborn belly fat, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) may be right for you. TRT has been shown to be effective in the treatment of many of the symptoms of low T, including increased belly fat.
To receive an official low T diagnosis, book a simple online visit and blood test through Vault. If your results point to low T, Vault will help determine the right course of treatment for you. Best of all, you may start to feel better in as little as two weeks after beginning treatment.
Book an online visit with a men's health expert to get your testosterone levels checked and start losing stubborn belly fat and regaining muscle mass.