Did You Know That A Ketogenic Diet Includes Loads Of Foods That Boost Testosterone Production?
The Way The Keto Diet Is Designed, Actually Helps Boost Testosterone As A Whole. Find Out Why Here!
As I’m sure you can tell from the title, today we are going to talk about ketogenic diets. We are going to explore what a ketogenic diet is, the types of food you can eat on a keto diet and the keto diet and testosterone production are linked.
What Is A Ketogenic Diet?
The ketogenic diet focuses on high-fat, low carbs & getting adequate protein levels. This type of diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates as the primary source of energy.
This happens when there is so little carbohydrate in the diet, that your liver then converts fat into fatty acids & ketone bodies.
The ketone bodies are then used to replace glucose as an energy source. This elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood is a state known as ketosis.
So in short a ketogenic diet, is a style of eating that gets your body in to a stage of ketosis, there are several versions of this diet available, in the sense that there are several guides and books available.
Some differ slightly in terms of the ratio of fats, to carbs and protein but most only differ in terms of what recipes they recommend. I will be publishing an article shortly, providing a review of my recommended Keto diets; but for now check out the Keto diet plan I’ve used most recently.
You will hopefully recognize most of these as being included in my Foods That Boost Testosterone Production – The big List Article. The fact these foods increase testosterone naturally due to their nutrition profile, is part the reason why the keto diet is so effective for boosting testosterone; and we will be covering the other reasons it helps increase T in further detail later in the article.
Benefits Of A Keto Diet
As we’ve covered on one of the key benefits of a Ketogenic diet, is the fact the keto diet and testosterone production are closely connected; but these are some other benefits:
Increased weight loss & greater long term weight loss
Increased muscle mass gains
Steady supply of Energy throughout the day
Eliminates Sugar Spikes & Crashes
Mood stabilizer for people with type 2 Bipolar disorder
The same as with anything in life, while there are plenty of positives to a keto diet, there are some potential negatives as well. These are as follows:
Developing the “keto Flu” in the first few days (can include fatigue, vomiting, lethargy)
You can potentially go hypoglycemic (too little blood sugar)
Irregular bowel movements til your body adapts
A risk of causing hypoglycemia (having too little blood sugar & health issues associated with this)
You will notice that the majority of the health issues will pass with time and can come from not doing the keto diet correctly/ safely, we will come on to this as to how you can make sure you follow it properly and the best resources out there to follow.
The other thing to note is if you suffer from diabetes or heart disease, I advise you consult your GP on top of making sure you use the best resources, to make sure you do the keto diet correctly.
Why The keto Diet Increases Testosterone Production
The Keto diet helps increase testosterone naturally for a number of reasons, some are down to the foods included in the diet itself and others are down to the benefits the keto diet brings you.
So first of all lets take a look at the foods in the diet itself and how they help boost testosterone production; and then we will take a look at the benefits the keto diet brings and how that can boost testosterone production.
Why The Foods In The Keto Diet Help Boost Testosterone Production
High In Saturated Fat, Monounsaturated Fat & Cholesterol
The majority of the foods you will eat as part of the keto diet are high in saturated fats, monounsaturated fats and healthy HDL cholesterol, help boost testosterone production and you will be getting these in abundance!
Foods High In Minerals
Again the majority of the foods on the keto diet provide you with a great supply of minerals required for testosterone production like Zinc, magnesium, selenium & boron.
Minimal Grains & Refined Grains
Grains as a whole aren’t great for your testosterone production for a few different reasons. One is they often contain phytoestrogens (plant based estrogen), they are also often high in sugars which lowers testosterone production and they are often high in Omega 6 which causes inflammation, which further lowers testosterone production.
So hopefully it is quite clear based on the above why having minimal grains in your diet will help boost testosterone production and is another tick in the box for the keto diet!
No Foods High In Sugar
High amounts of sugar in your diet lead to insulin spikes and insulin spikes suppress testosterone production, so again with the keto diet forcing you down the path of using fat for energy and maintaining low sugar intake, leads to a natural testosterone booster.
How The Benefits The Keto Diet Brings Helps Increase Testosterone Production
Increased weight loss & greater long term weight loss
Having lower/ your body fat being within the healthy range leads to a natural testosterone booster. If you are currently overweight, the more your body weight drops the more you will see your T soars, which in turn will help you burn even more fat, which is part the reason that a Keto diet is so effective for fat loss.
If your body fat becomes too low your T production can also slow down, if weight loss is your aim, this certainly isn’t something you need to worry in terms of testosterone production at this point. I will be creating more articles focusing purely on testosterone and body fat/ fat loss, so keep an eye out for that in the near future.
Increased Muscle Mass Gains
The greater your muscle mass, the more you are utilizing at any one point; and the more muscle mass you recruit to do actions, the larger your testosterone spike, increased muscle also leads to greater calorie burn, which indirectly leads to deceased body fat.
So there are a couple of reasons why having greater muscle mass, helps you to boost testosterone production. The other thing is, the higher your testosterone levels, the more muscle your body is going to produce, so it ends up being like a “positive feedback loop”.
The above two, are the main benefits delivered by the keto diet which leads to a natural testosterone booster; but things like a steady supply of energy throughout out the day will eliminate snacking which also decreases T production.
Eliminating sugar spikes as mentioned above means, no heavy insulin releases which again severely lowers T and if the effects of type 2 diabetes are lowered/ reversed your body tends to retain less body fat and as we’ve covered above high amounts of body fat also lowers T production.
Hopefully this article has made it clear why the keto diet is made up of foods that boost testosterone production, why the benefits you get from the keto diet, further help increase testosterone naturally.
What the other healthy benefits of the keto diet are and the potential negatives. Hopefully you now have enough information to decide if it’s something you want to look at further.
If you do, as I mentioned earlier, keep an eye out for my article I’ll be publishing shortly on the best Keto diets; and again for now check out the Keto diet I’ve used recently.
Another article worth checking out which I refer to above is the Foods That Boost Testosterone Production – The Big List – If you have any experience with the keto diet, questions or thoughts on foods that boost testosterone production as a whole, just drop me a comment below and I’ll get back to you.
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