How to Boost Testosterone Naturally
How to Boost Testosterone Naturally and Build Muscle Faster
Steroids allow some lifters to put extra testosterone straight into their bodies, but how are we
natural guys supposed to optimize our hormone levels? This is one of the biggest questions in
bodybuilding today. While many nutritionists, athletes, and trainers would tell you that there’s
really nothing you can do about it, I beg to differ. You’re not going to achieve “steroid-like
gains” with natural test-boosting techniques, but you can certainly pack on a few extra pounds
of muscle if you do everything right. Here are some of the most effective methods to boost
testosterone naturally and build muscle faster.
There are a lot of junk supplements out there that claim to deliver the same effects as steroids
without the high costs, physical side effects, and legal risks. If you’re actually thinking about
buying any of this crap, just remember: if something seems too good to be true, it is! These
products won’t make your muscles bigger, but they will make your wallet thinner.
That being said, there are a few all-natural supplements on the market that have been shown to
increase blood testosterone levels, especially in people who suffer from chronically low levels of
this crucial hormone. The most effective one is called tribulus terrestris, and it’s sold at almost
every supplement shop and online store. There are a few decent products which incorporate
tribulus along with other ingredients, but you can great effects from buying it plain.
Like everything else related to building muscle and losing fat, proper nutrition is key to
boosting your testosterone levels. However, you’re going need to keep an open mind on this
one. Like many nutritionists will tell you, protein is great for high testosterone levels – but
you’re probably eating tons of the stuff, right? You wanna know what really jacks your
testosterone levels up? Saturated fat! Studies have shown time and again that a diet rich in
monounsaturated AND saturated fats is conducive to high testosterone levels. What’s more,
research on various diets throughout the world suggests that neither plant-based nor animal-
based sources of saturated fat are the real culprit behind obesity and fat gain. If you want to get
lean while boosting your test levels, cut some of the starch and sugar out of your diet and gnaw
on a big hunk of beef!
If you’re trying to build muscle, you should already be lifting some seriously heavy weights.
However, lifting heavy in the 4-6 rep range does more than just stimulate strength and size
gains. Natural athletes who regularly lift the heaviest weights – powerlifters and Olympic lifters
– have been shown to have higher testosterone levels than people who train lighter. Save the
pump for end of your workout and focus on adding plates to that bar.
Sleep has got to be the most overlooked recovery modality. While beginner bodybuilders
always read about the holy trinity of heavy weights, big eating, and lots of rest, it seems that
intermediate and advanced guys stop worrying about sleep somewhere along the way. This is a
Getting plenty of sleep AND maintaining a normal sleep schedule are critical for your body to
maintain optimal hormone levels. Your testosterone fluctuates throughout the day, but it will
never be as high as possible unless you get enough sleep. Ideally you’d get to bed early enough
each night not to require an alarm clock in the morning. We’re all busy, though, so just make
sure you’re getting six hours MINIMUM. Try to be more efficient in your daily tasks so you can
adjust your bedtimes or at least catch a few catnaps – those help, too.
How often do you see a ripped, muscular, and just plain manly dude who’s also worried all the
time? Yea, not too often. Not only does chronically high stress kill your energy levels and
knock the wind out of your sails before you even get to the gym – it is poison for your hormonal
If you want to be a successful bodybuilder, you’ve got to remove or at least mitigate the stress
in your life. Quit hanging out with people who just piss you off anyway, and take time to relax
when you need it. You’re always going to have stressful stuff to deal with, but get your priorities
in order and stop making your life harder than it needs to be. Your muscles and your mind will
both thank you.
Other Hormones to Consider
If you want to build as much muscle as you can without steroids, you’ve got to think about
optimizing all of your hormone levels, not just testosterone. The two most important to
consider are insulin and growth hormone – but that’s another article!
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