Boost Testosterone to Get a Six Pack

For the average guy, getting a six pack is no small feat. It requires a complete transformation with the way they live, eat and spend their free time. For most it’s too much to cope with. However, there are things you can do to tilt the odds in your favor. It could be the difference between a six pack and a keg. One of those is to increase your testosterone levels, and contrary to popular belief, there are many natural ways you can do this.

Side Effects Of Artificial Testosterone Boosting

It might seem tempting to boost your testosterone levels via steroids or supplements, after all, as this NBC article states, the testosterone industry is set to increase to $5 billion by 2017. But as the article explains, there are many side effects, including:

Acne and oily skin

Fluid retention

Increased breast size

Sleep apnea

Mood swings

Lowered sperm count and decreased infertility

Increased red blood count

Difficultly urinating

Some of you might think that these side effects are worth it for a six pack, but there are ways you get reach your fitness goals without these methods and without those side effects.

Natural Ways Of Boosting Testosterone

As Mike Chang and John Ramanelio discuss in this video, there are a variety of ways to increase your testosterone levels without resorting to shortcuts. In fact, you might already be doing some of these things:

Sleep: This is one of the easiest and most effective changes you can make to your lifestyle. For those of you only sleeping a few hours a night, you need to find a way to sleep better and for longer. As a urology professor from Web MD explains: “A lack of sleep affects a variety of hormones and chemicals in your body. This, in turn, can have a harmful impact on your testosterone.”

Healthy Weight: Low testosterone is a common symptom of obesity, which means that getting your weight down to healthy levels will increase your testosterone.

Stress Control: As Web MD explains, when you get stressed your body releases cortisol, which is an enemy of testosterone. The more cortisol there is, the less testosterone can be produced. The key is to figure out how to remove stress from your life.

Diet: For testosterone to be produced, a variety of minerals and vitamins must be consumed, as Dream Body Six Pack explains, with a focus on vitamin C and B, zinc and manganese. Your diet also needs a good dose of healthy cholesterol from dairy, eggs and meat. 

Before doing anything to increase your testosterone, it’s a good idea to see your doctor in order to test your testosterone levels. As Body Logic MD reports, the ideal levels for a healthy male is between 700ng/dl and 1100ng/dl. After the age of 30 your levels will decline slightly, but not by a huge deal, so don’t let that drag you down.

Benefits Of Testosterone

Now that you know how to get more testosterone, let’s take a look at how it actually helps you to get a six pack:

Decrease in Fat: For your six pack to standout you need to have a body fat percentage of 10% or less. But as Marc Perry from Built Lean explains, guys carry fat around their body in different ways. Therefore, your required body fat percentage could be different from the next guy, but less still means more when it comes to a six pack.

Increased Lean Body Mass: More testosterone means more muscles, and that’s obviously great for your six pack. To put it simply, the bigger your abs are, the more they will stand out. However, you need to lose the fat first, because no matter how big your abs get, if you don’t lose the fat they won’t show.

Increased Metabolism: Your metabolism is basically the rate at which you breakdown your fat stores. One of the factors that increases the metabolism is the amount of lean mass you have in your body. So, more muscles equals a higher metabolism and hence rapid fat loss, as Elite Men’s Guide explains.

Is Artificial Testosterone Boosting Worth The Risk?

As you can see, increasing testosterone levels is a must, even if you don’t plan on getting a six pack. However, when there are so many ways of naturally boosting your levels (which also have other benefits) then why risk the side effects that come with artificial methods?

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