The Role Androgens Play In Weight Loss

The Role Androgens Play In Weight LossIn the last article, we talked about the benefits of muscle and how It makes you lose fat. In this post, we’ll talk about the hormones responsible for increased muscle mass and reduced fat mass. They are called androgens, also known as male sex hormones.

Androgens include:

  • Testosterone
  • Androstenedione
  • Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S)

Testosterone (produced in the testicles in men and ovaries in women), is the most important androgen for men while androstenedione and DHEA-S, produced in the adrenal glands which sit atop your kidneys, are equally as important for women as testosterone.

Men and Testosterone

Testosterone levels in men decline with age such that by 70 years, 80% of men have lower than normal testosterone levels.

Decreased testosterone production can begin as early as 25 years old.

A decline in testosterone is not always normal and when too severe, a man will experience a loss of lean muscle and an increase in body fat, particularly around the waist (there are many other symptoms but not related to weight management).

This condition is called hypogonadism.

It’s important for our discussion because hypogonadism and reduced testosterone production in men is related to:

  • Insulin resistance
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Liver malfunction

It’s also related to:

  • Smoking
  • Drugs (narcotics)
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Chronic stress (and the effects of cortisol)
  • Insufficient sleep

Each of these above can be managed through diet, lifestyle choices and stress management.


  • Following a balanced diet of unsaturated fats, low GL carbohydrates and lean protein will decrease your insulin resistance, which promotes weight loss and recovery from obesity, which decreases the symptoms of diabetes.
  • Eliminating trans fats, additives, preservatives, artificial sweeteners and other toxic chemicals found in processed foods from your diet to restore liver health
  • Additionally, choosing not to smoke, drinking alcohol (and any other recreational drug use) in moderation and taking regular time out to exercise and manage your stress before a good night’s sleep…

… will not only have an amazing impact on your overall health, it will also help return your testosterone levels to a normal range so you can begin building muscle and losing fat much more effectively.

Women and Androgens

Conversely to men, androgen problems in women are usually related to an excess of androgenic hormones rather than an insufficiency.

In women, one of the features of excess androgens is weight gain, typically around the middle and difficulty losing weight.

Hyperandrogenism (excess androgens) is closely related to obesity and insulin resistance because high insulin levels stimulate the production of androgens by the ovaries and adrenal glands.

Similar to androgenic problems in men, there is a close link to insulin resistance in women also and treating insulin resistance is seen as the most effective place to start.

As we’ve discussed in past articles, insulin resistance is best reversed through:

  • Regular exercise
  • Balanced diet of unsaturated fats, low GL carbs and lean protein
  • Elimination (or reduction) of processed foods in your diet

In the next posts, we’ll talk more about just that, so keep reading for more important information on how to lose weight.

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