Have you wondered why you feel so sluggish with low energy? One of the reasons for that could be (and is more than likely) low testosterone.
But what causes low testosterone? There are several factors, but food is a major one!
In fact, did you know there are certain foods that will kill your testosterone levels? I’m going to share those with you.
This will be like that TV show ‘What Not To Wear’ but instead it’s ‘What Not To EAT!’
In this post, you will learn…
- Are there really types of foods that kill your testosterone?
- 3 life-changing reasons to avoid these types of foods
- 5 foods to absolutely stay away from
- What you can eat to help boost testosterone
- Why you should be concerned about having low testosterone levels
- Why building lean muscle should be your #1 goal
Are There Really Types of Foods that Kill Your Testosterone?
You already know that there are ‘good and bad’ foods. Eat your fruits and veggies…that’s good. Junk food, well, that’s bad.
But are there really types of foods that actually decrease your testosterone levels?
That’s right. There’s no medical research that proves eating a certain food (or type of food) actually kills your testosterone, as Dr. Mortkin points out on letsgetchecked.com.
However, eating certain foods will hinder your body’s ability to maintain adequate levels of testosterone. So rather, there are foods that can have an indirect role in killing your testosterone.
5 Foods To Absolutely Stay Away From
As mentioned, even though foods may not necessarily kill your testosterone they could indeed support other factors that will prevent you from having healthy testosterone levels.
I’ll give you the specific reasons for how this works, but first, let’s go over 5 types of foods that you should absolutely stay away from.
DO NOT EAT THIS…
1) Potato Chips
Potato chips aren’t the core problem here. It’s the fact that they’re loaded with trans fats. And trans fats…yes, that’s the problem!
Eating too much trans fat can clog your arteries and cause a number of health issues. This also decreases blood flow, which can lower your sex drive and ultimately lower your testosterone levels.
Here are some other examples of foods that are typically high in trans fats:
- Deep-fried foods
- Microwave popcorn
- Any bread product that isn’t made organic or fresh
- Most packaged sandwich meat
**Instead of eating regular potato chips, try making baked sweet potato fries. Sweet potatoes actually have testosterone boosting properties. For more test-boosting foods, read my post 7 Foods That Raise Testosterone And Decrease Estrogen.
Eating donuts can do double-damage to your physique, energy levels, and overall health.
What’s so special about donuts? Remember, we just talked about the impact of trans fats. Now add sugar and you’ve got a metabolic disaster!
Well, that’s basically what donuts are…a testosterone-killing machine loaded with trans fats and sugar. And per eatthis.com, both are horrible for your libido as well!
Along with clogging your arteries and decreasing blood flow, the sugars give your body undesired spikes in insulin and can cause you to balloon up to a fat lard! You certainly won’t feel like going to the gym after a donut.
**Instead of eating donuts, try making coconut and chocolate chunk banana bread donuts. It’s not super healthy, they’re better than regular donuts. I found a recipe for this on greatist.com, along with several more!
3) Diet Soda
Diet soda…why, not regular soda? You should probably avoid regular soda as well, but there’s a special evil that comes with drinking diet soda.
It’s the artificial crap (okay, I”m being harsh…they’re called sweeteners). In fact, ltmensclinic.com shares evidence that aspartame can actually lower your testosterone levels. That should be enough never touching a diet soda, ever!
Here’s a list of potential side effects from diet soda with artificial sweeteners…
- It can lead to obesity (that’s the fastest way to decrease your testosterone, btw!)
- Could possibly increase the odds of developing diabetes
- Could potentially create a higher risk for heart attack
- Could have a negative impact on metabolism
The above is from studies found on webmd.com
**Instead of drinking diet soda, if you must have any soda, just drink regular soda made with real sugar. And the best time to have a soda would be immediate post-workout! Just do a couple scoops of whey protein right after.
4) Too Much Alcohol
Some experts recommend refraining from alcohol altogether. But does alcohol really affect testosterone that much?
Too much alcohol can lower testosterone, and here’s how…
- Heavy drinking can impact cortisol levels, which in turn can decrease testosterone
- Alcohol, especially for long-term drinkers, can raise estrogen levels (which is the opposite of testosterone…not something you want!)
- Testosterone production can be interrupted when your body metabolizes alcohol
- Drinking too much can impact your sleep, which impact both testosterone and natural growth hormone production
Much of these negative effects revolve around heavy drinkers or chronic drinking. However, drinking alcohol in moderation should not impact your testosterone levels.
If you choose to drink, just set some rules in place for yourself. Here are two simple guidelines you can go by:
- Don’t drink alcohol every day (some may argue a glass of wine each day is an exception)
- Limit how many drinks you have
**If you’d like to learn more about the relationship between alcohol and testosterone, read my post The 8 Rules of Alcohol.
5) Processed or Preserved Meats
Oh, this is a big hormone killing food. Processed meats.
This is a type of food that actually can lower your T levels. Although it’s not the food itself, it’s what’s in it.
Here’s what makes processed meat one of the biggest testosterone killers…
- Packaged meats are loaded with unnatural preservatives
- Many have added hormones (and not the good kind of hormones we want!)
- Because of the above, the nutritional value in processed meats is greatly diminished
An article on hgh.com goes on to say that processed or preserved meats can even kill your sex drive, which we know is directly related to testosterone. Yeah, not cool.
Some common types of processed meats include:
- Sandwich/lunch meats
- Meats in the frozen dinner section (you know, those meals that come in a box!)
- Corned beef
- Hot dogs (not even sure if there’s any real meat there)
- Chicken nuggets
- Any canned meats
- Many sausage products
**Instead of eating processed meats, just buy real meat! Go to the meat section and look for two things: grass-fed and organic. Stick with that, and you’ll be ok.
3 Reasons Life-Changing Reasons to Avoid these Types of Foods
Alright, it’s obvious that these types of foods not only lead to lower testosterone levels, but they’re also extremely bad for your health.
But I want us to dive a little deeper here because our food choices can have a domino effect if you don’t fix poor eating habits. Here’s what I call 3 life-changing reasons to avoid these types of foods:
- You will lose muscle and will not be able to gain muscle. You can’t feed your body crap and expect it to recover (which is required for building muscle). And the loss of muscle is another step in the wrong direction.
- Your metabolism and energy will take a hit. Why is this so important? Because you won’t feel like doing anything, you’ll become lethargic and lazy, and this is the first step of your health going downhill.
- You’ll be more prone to sickness and diseases. Why? Because these types of foods have very little nutritional value and your body cannot process them. You will not have the vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants to fight off disease, sickness, and other (sometimes fatal) ailments.
Scary stuff? You bet it is!
What You Can Eat to Help Boost Testosterone
I gave you some better alternatives to the hormone-killing types of foods. But did you know that there are foods you can eat that boost testosterone?
In fact, this is the most organic way of increasing your testosterone. These foods will not only optimize your hormones but they will also help you build more lean muscle and burn fat. Does it get any better than that?
Here are some testosterone boosting foods you can add to your plate…
- Whole eggs (cage-free)
- Grass-fed steak
- Hormone-free chicken breast
- Dark berries (try the organic frozen berries in your protein shake)
- Green vegetables like spinach, kale, and broccoli
**For more testosterone boosting foods and a sample meal plan, read my post 7 Foods That Raise Testosterone And Decrease Estrogen
Why You Should Be Concerned About Having Low Testosterone Levels
Here’s the thing about having low testosterone levels. Practically everything stops working. Or at least slows down drastically.
When I say everything, I mean…
- Loss of muscle
- Reduced ability to lose fat
- Loss of cognitive function
- More susceptible to sickness/disease
- Sex drive = gone
- More prone to depression
- Lack of motivation
The list goes on. Without testosterone in your life, you become a dud (not a stud…lol).
Back to this post, it’s imperative that you stay away, or at least greatly reduce the amount of crappy foods that have the potential to kill your testosterone levels.
You do not want to be one of the people who are content sitting on the couch all day watching Netflix with a biggie size soda, cheap microwave pizza, and a bag of greasy potato chips.
Why Building Lean Muscle Should Be Your #1 Goal
Boosting testosterone is your foundation. Without it, pretty much everything else fails.
One of the best ways to ensure you maintain healthy hormone levels is by building lean muscle. It’s a fact that the more lean muscle you have, the more everything else falls into place.
Here’s what having lean muscle does for you…
- Naturally increases your testosterone (lifting weights)
- Makes you crave healthy, muscle-building, testosterone-boosting foods
- Gives you more energy and that spark
- Enhances your mood and confidence
- Makes you desire sex (and makes you more sexually desirable…hey, it’s a win-win for both parties!)
So along with refraining from testosterone killing foods, make sure you’re hitting the gym on a regular basis! In addition, read this post if you need help with a workout plan: 10 Exercises That Naturally Increase Testosterone
I hope you enjoyed reading this post! I sure had a lot of fun writing it for you. Most of all, take it to heart. Read it again if you have to.
And make the necessary changes in your diet, and in your life that will allow you to maintain healthy testosterone levels. You’ll thank yourself for years to come!
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