You are impatient and you want to gain muscle.
So you try all kinds of supplements and tips.
You eagerly order new magic pills each time, hoping that these will finally give your body that small but valuable upgrade.
In reality however, that hasn’t really happened yet.
You are not quite sure if you are doing your body any good with these weight gainers or extra boosters for muscle growth.
One week you try to use product X, the next few weeks you focus on product Y and Z.
You have been changing your strategies so often that right now it starts feeling as a waste of time.
Surely there has to be a solution?
There has to be something that has to work 100% of the time.
I know this sounds ridiculous, but there is one thing that works all the time…
The Thing Called Testosterone
A few years ago pharmaceutical companies found BIG business.
A large majority of men were experiencing low levels of testosterone.
Which was causing severe health issues and among them.
Whenever somebody has a problem there is money to be earned.
So what happened? It became a market.
Most men like you have tried some kind of supplement (I’m guilty of it too), which was supposed to help you in becoming more muscular or physically fitter.
Good for you, although most do help you gain weight they do so at a cost (both in your pocket and your health).
What happens when you stop using those supplements?
Will your body somehow naturally adapt itself in order for you to keep your testosterone levels high?
I hate to break the news, but probably not.
All these supplements are just a quick fix, what you need to do is get to the root of the problem, you need to learn and understand why you can’t gain muscle and take action accordingly.
I mean if your car has a leaking fuel pipe, would you just keep throwing gasoline into it or would you repair your fuel pipe?
What are you doing when you keep supplementing your body?
Are you fixing the fuel pipe or are you just throwing in some more gasoline?
You can have high testosterone levels naturally if you know how to keep it that way and understand how your body works.
Unnatural supplements are not your only option.
What is testosterone exactly?
It’s the male sex hormone that causes the development of male characteristics, such as:
- a lower voice;
- beard growth;
- muscle development;
- and our primary reproductive organs etc.
You might define it as the amount of horse power under your hood.
Both males and females have testosterone, but the amount of testosterone in males is 7-10 times higher.
That’s the reason why males have a biological advantage in terms of strength and muscular abilities (And crowing abilities if you also consider randomn angry roosters as shown on the picture).
The importance of testosterone in building muscle
Testosterone IS RESPONSIBLE for muscle growth and strength in addition to bone maturation and density.
You need to get that testosterone flowing through your body if you want to increase the horsepower under your hood.
No testosterone = No muscle gains.
Your body and brain are constantly signalling to each other to keep your testosterone levels in check, when certain toxins or stressors intervene this process, the feedback loop gets put on a hold and your T levels start to get affected.
This causes low testosterone and with low testosterone comes the inability to gain muscle efficiently.
The more insulin sensitive you are the less body fat you will have and the more testosterone your body will effectively release (upward spiral).
So insulin sensitivity is good for your testosterone levels.
Again it is important to realize that the damage to your body has been done over years so don’t expect your testosterone levels and insulin sensitivity to just sky rocket over a few weeks, I guess you will just have to start being patient.
Summarized, why you can’t gain muscle right now:
- You are insulin resistant, meaning you gain fat really quickly (Which destroys your testosterone).
- You have low testosterone levels, meaning there are no building block for the muscle building process
Note: There are more biochemical processes at play here, but in order to keep things simple these two are the most important.
6 Tips For More Testosterone
You might be one of those people who can eat anything, but just don’t seem to gain weight.
First of all, good for you.
At least partially, because your body is insulin sensitive, which means that your nutrients get absorbed by the body quickly.
However, the nutrients you are putting into your body are apparently not leading to testosterone increases by themselves.
There are a few ways to do this.
So how can you increase your testosterone naturally?
1. Get off your ASS
This one is quite evident.
You need to work out and do some strength training.
It should be no surprise to you that by putting your body in a situation where it is forced to become stronger, will actually make it stronger.
Regardless of age, working out results in a big increase of testosterone. One study among teen boys even indicated that boys that work out in contrast to obese boys have up to more than 50% more testosterone.
In line with this reasoning, compound exercises or movements in which you use a large amount of muscles fuel your testosterone levels (e.g. push ups, pull ups etc.).
So get to those bars and start working your ass off Bar Brother style.
2. Stop sugar coating yourself
Finding something without sugar is more difficult than finding something with sugar.
Unfortunately your fat and sugar are killing your testosterone levels.
Fat actually convert testosteron to estrogen, which is the female counterpart of testosterone and causes things such as man boobs.
As mentioned before higher levels of fat lead to lower levels of testosterone.
The problem with a lot of weight gainers and muscle products is that they contain significant amounts of refined or toxic sugars (Look at the labels of your supplements right now for fructose or aspartame).
That’s why I don’t recommend weight gainers to people, they actually cause the opposite of what you want to achieve by using them.
So eliminate all the sugars and estrogen generating fats until there is only testosterone left.
3. Go nuts on nuts and fish
Natural and essential oils are the building blocks of your cholesterol, which is the building block of your testosterone.
The consumption of nuts and fish will stimulate the production of healthy hormones such as testosterone which allow it to be more freely available for muscle growth.
4. Ice Your Balls
As you can also read in here, having a cold water shower increases your levels of testosterone.
This technique of stressing the body shortly has been used for over years and in addition to boosting testosterone also helps in the recovery of muscle soreness.
5. Cavemen Style Your Diet
Adopt a natural way of eating by changing both your nutrition and feeding pattern to match that of your successful ancestors.
The testosterone boosting and insulin sensitivity increasing pattern of eating in which you incorporate both healthy nutrition and improved metabolism.
The renegade diet focuses primarily on intermittent fasting to increase your testosterone levels.
Where the paleo diet focuses on eating as naturally as possible to prevent toxic nutrients to influence your body and put a hold to the testosterone support system.
6. Sleep Like A Baby
While you might find this remarkable, sleeping actually allows your body to increase testosterone.
Simply because it reduces the stress hormone, cortisol.
This hormone is known to block testosterone production and actually causes muscle deterioration if you are under constant stress.
Note that these are not some quick fixes, these tips require you to change your lifestyle.
You should know that taking one supplement after the other is not going to change anything if you don’t focus on the basics first.
What does this mean?
It means you should first focus on what your body is capable of naturally.
You might not know this, but the human body you are using right now to read this, is one of the most sophisticated biochemical machines there is on this planet (capable of transforming itself), but only if you use it the way it is supposed to be used.
You can find a good documentary about this here.
What can you do right now?
So if you are still wondering what supplement you should take, do the following:
1. Get your ass off the chair you are sitting on right now
2. Throw away your candy bars and sugar supplements (All of them)
3. Work out
4. Take an ice cold shower
5. Devour nuts and fish cavemen style
6. Sleep like a baby afterwards.
That’s the best supplement ever made…