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♂️ Clinical Facts About Ketogenic Diets, Testosterone Levels & Sex Drive – by Dr Sam Robbins

♂️ Clinical Facts About Ketogenic Diets, Testosterone Levels & Sex Drive – by Dr Sam Robbins

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♂️ Clinical Facts About Ketogenic Diets, Testosterone Levels & Sex Drive
Ketogenic diets are “back again” in the “diet” world. Every week I get asked about how ketogenic diets affect
testosterone levels
weight loss
thyroid levels
blood sugar
so on and so forth.

However, today I want to discuss the real truth and clinical facts about how ketogenic diets affect your testosterone levels and thus, your muscle mass, fat loss, mood and sex drive.

And why should you listen to me?… well, other than the fact I’m an anti-aging, endocrinology (hormone) doctor… I actually did my first ketogenic diet almost 25 years ago!

I also helped write a book about this topic a couple decades ago.

And I had spoken to one of pioneer doctors about this topic, Dr. Atkins … and how it affected his patients – both in the short and long run.

So… you can say I’m a bit of an “expert” and have “been there, done that”.

And bring up this topic today because Timothy asked in one of my video comments:

“I’ve been following a ketogenic diet for the past 5-6 weeks and I wanted to know if it makes my testosterone levels better or worse? I ask because I am losing weight and I felt good the first couple of weeks. But I’ll be honest with you, I kinda feel like crap now. I think the weight I’m losing is a lot more muscle and my sex drive is down the toilet!”

I’m glad Timothy brought this up because what he is going through is typical and it’s even worse for women and I’ll explain why and how you can fix this in today’s video…

So in regards to testosterone levels – yes, ketogenic diets can dramatically drop your levels and screw up a lot of your hormones, especially your stress hormone, cortisol.1,3

So as cortisol goes up, your testosterone goes down.

And for women, it also causes hormonal imbalances and can really mess up their menstrual cycles long term.

I’ve seen these negative hormonal changes over and over again during the years, including on myself.

I personally feel horrible on Ketogenic diets. Granted, some people like them.

But hormonally speaking, the majority of blood tests I’ve seen over the years, almost always caused negative changes in your youth hormones – especially your testosterone and cortisol ratios.

In fact, a study showed that just reducing your carbohydrates down to 30% of your calories, testosterone levels dropped by 36%!5

And this was just 30% of calories – A ketogenic diet is only 5% carbohydrates, so can just imagine how much LOWER your testosterone will be.

In fact, the results are even worse with Olympic athletes and weight lifters.4

So What’s The Solution

IF you really want to follow a ketogenic diet, do one that’s cyclical. Maybe 5 days on, 2 days off… where you “carb up” during the 2 days “off”.

And limited the ketogenic diet for only a few weeks or a couple of months at the most, until your reach your goal.

If you want to follow it long-term, just monitor your hormones, how you look and feel.

Remember, carbohydrates aren’t evil. There are “good” and “bad” carbs.

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