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Solving The Fat-Testosterone Conundrum

While many experts sagely advise overweight men to get their training and nutrition act together (when is that ever a bad idea?) before trying therapeutic testosterone, a brand-new study sheds light on what happens when fat guys combine exercise, diet, and supplemental testosterone.


In the study, lead by members of the Department of Medicine at the University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia, obese men were placed on a calorie-restricted diet and encouraged to exercise moderately for 30 minutes a day. Every 10 weeks, one group was given intramuscular testosterone injections while another group was given a placebo. After 56 weeks, both groups lost roughly the same amount of bodyweight, about 24.2 pounds. However, the testosterone group lost almost exclusively body fat, while the placebo group lost a combination of fat and muscle.


The testosterone group lost 6.6 more pounds of body fat than the placebo group who lost 7.7 more pounds of muscle than the men taking testosterone. IM

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