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  1. Hello and welcome. I am curious, when you say muscle gains, do you mean strength or size or both?
  2. Everything else was normal. Otherwise, at least one of the six doctors I visited would have likely recommended something else. Only my total test and free test was low. But this is all moot now. I fixed it and I now know that the standard medical practice in these cases is mostly pure BS and centered around getting one hooked on medication for the rest of their lives. And in case anyone wants to know about how much my body has changed: Before treatment, I was doing multiple rounds of P90X and Insanity, I didn't appear to gain any muscle at all, but lost a good deal of fat. I went down to 155 pounds. After getting my testosterone corrected and continuing with the same exercises, I am around 185 pounds. I would guess about 5 pounds of that is fat. I feel a lot more solid and my muscles are firmer than at anytime in my life. I actually see performance increases now, whereas before, I only saw some minor increases in endurance. Recovery is much quicker and it takes me much less time to accomplish the same workouts now. Also, I have notice a significant decrease in joint and ligament pain when working out. If anyone has similar issues, feel free to send me a PM with any questions. I have found that most people who haven't had this issue don't know much about it at all.
  3. My testosterone was 113. Is that low enough for you?
  4. Well, it has been over a year, but I wanted to give ya'll an update. I cycled Tamoxifen for 2 months on/2 months off, three times, and I am now free of all meds and my testosterone is staying in the low normal range. I sure am glad I didn't listen to the doctors.
  5. I think you have to figure out what your goal is to be fit and healthy. Simply to look good doesn't seem to motivate too many people unless they are narcissists. LOL Maybe you want to feel better, or do more physical activities you enjoy that you can't do now. Maybe you want to simply be a great representative for veganism so people can see that vegans are healthy. Maybe you have more than one goal. Is that goal important enough to motivate you beyond all the negative stuff pulling you down? Sometimes it isn't. Sometimes the only way to get motivated is to eliminate some of the negative things holding you down. This sound like where you might be right now. You might need someone who can help you with what is weighing you down. This doesn't have to be a professional. Sometimes you just need someone in the same boat and you can motivate each other. Have you tried finding a workout buddy and cooking buddy? Sometimes it is difficult depending on where you live. Where I live, people think they get enough exercise lifting the dead deer they shot into their pickup. With the exercise, try this. Get up every morning and at the very least, do a warmup and stretch. For me, about 90 percent of the time I am able to continue beyond that and get a decent workout. I have very very low energy, so getting started is especially hard. With the eating right, here are a few things I do, which may or may not work for you. 1. Try and never shop for food when hungry. If I am hungry, I tend to buy more junk food. 2. Donate any processed crap in your house to a neighbor or food bank. Just clean house and start with only fresh produce. 3. Fasting occasionally helps me to "reset" my palate. After a day of fasting, even a salad sounds wonderful. 4. Drink a lot of water or tea (caffeine-free) whenever you feel the munchies coming on. A cinnamon stick in tea or even to suck on can help moderate blood sugar levels (or so I have read), and I find that helps to subdue my cravings. You could also post your diet on the forum. Sometimes when you know others will know what you are eating, it can help you to not eat junk food. It is all trial and error and error and error. I still haven't figured out how to be consistent. Some days I wake up and lay in bed till 9AM. Good luck!
  6. I have found that a lot of ethnic food is naturally vegan and wheat free. Some soy free as well. Ethiopian food traditionally is dairy and egg free, and the Injera is gluten free. However, many restaurants and markets will make their injera by mixing the teff with wheat or buckwheat flower because it makes it much easier to make. My favorite recipe is Miser Wat. I still have some left in my fridge. It is made with red lentils and an Ethiopian spice called berbere. Berbere a mix of spices and you can make your own. It is like curry is to indian in that each family have their own recipe and they are all a little different. http://chameleonkitchen.me/2013/04/21/miser-wat-ethiopian-red-lentils/ Thai food is traditionally dairy-free, wheat-free, and mostly soy-free. You have to watch out for eggs and fish sauce. Rice noodles and some peanut sauce with a dash of lime make a wonderful meal. Indian food is about half dairy-free and wheat-free. Traditionally egg free and they don't use much soy, if any. There are a lot of curry recipes online that are fast and easy to make and can be poured over rice. Some places have a potato or lentil bread that may be gluten-free. Korean is largely dairy, egg, and gluten free. Just make sure the noodles are rice. If you are ever in Chicago, Amitubal is a great Korean place. Whole-foods and raw is always your best source of nutrients.
  7. If I didn't eat fruit I would die. Seriously. It makes up about 90% of my diet.
  8. A couple frozen bananas, coco nibs, PB, and sumaroot powder.
  9. Veganbadass, are you in Colorado? If so, where? I did 4 rounds of P90X and 3 rounds of insanity with very little results. Convinced me to get stuff checked out and I found I have a hormone problem. Now that I have that figured out, I am working on starting a round of Insanity. I hope to see some results this time!
  10. I am a personal trainer and a nutritionist, and I have the same problem with family or close friends listening. Complete strangers are always far more interested in what I have to say. It is a bizarre trait of humans for some reason. My first thought would be to dump him and find someone who respects your opinion, but if that is too drastic, then maybe a gift certificate for a session with a trainer or nutritionist might work?
  11. Curious on that as well - considering that HCG (the real stuff, not the "HCG Diet" crap) is typically derived from the urine of from pregnant horses, something I'd prefer to avoid if possible, I'd likely be more prone to taking a low dose of something like Androgel if I had to pick and choose, but perhaps there are other reasons. Perhaps SERMs offer the ability to take some lapses in between without medicating whereas a direct dose of testosterone would be continual? HCG is either derived from human female urine, or more likely synthetic. HCG increases ones natural testosterone, Androgel shuts it down. HCG is temporary, Androgel is permanent. Unless you use HCG to prevent shutdown when using Androgel. In the last 4 weeks or so since I started taking the SERM, I have lost a good deal of fat, and gain a lot of lean body mass. I have experienced an endorphin rush or a "pump" until after I started taking the SERMs. Working out have become very easy for me. Much greater energy, and much faster recovery. I am reducing the dosage everyday and hopefully will be off it completely soon. Hopefully my testosterone stays up.
  12. Why would I want to do that when my testicles can produce all the testosterone I need? And if someone cycles testosterone like that, it would be a wild roller coaster. The 8 weeks off would require a SERM or other type of estrogen blocker to try and get natural testosterone back up. Testosterone replacement is considered a lifelong commitment. The longer you take it, the harder it is to recover. SERMS tend to work the opposite. They stimulate your natural cycle and the longer you take it, the greater the chance the body will be able to continue producing natural testosterone. The side effects are much less in number and severity.
  13. Low testosterone, in my particular case, causes very low energy, anxiety, weak bones, loss of muscle, difficulty sleeping, depression, sensitivity to cold, weakness, etc. It is not something with which it is easy to live. Side effects of SERMS vary, but I have experienced none except occasional dry mouth.
  14. Why do you say that? Why do I say I might have to take a SERM for the rest of my life, or why is it better than a steroid?
  15. I too use machines rarely. Only when stuck in a hotel that only has them, or if I have an injury I am working through. My favorite device is the Jungle Gym XT, because it does help to develop all those stabilizer muscles, and they are small enough to take on trips. If you can do 50 pushups on the floor, you might only be able to to 15 on the Jungle Gym XT.
  16. A stimulation test consist of taking a Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator (SERM) such as Clomid or Tamoxifen, or HCG. The SERMs are easier as they are oral and the HCG is an injection. I had nearly a 600% increase in 9 days on Tamoxifen, so it showed that my testicles were fine and fully capable of producing testosterone. It was very simple and easy way to prove I have secondary hypogonadism and I don't need TRT at all. I am now trying to fix my HPTA and hopefully get my body to produce testosterone on its own. If I can't, then I will have to cycle a SERM for the rest of my life, which is much much better than taking a steroid for the rest of my life.
  17. When you isolate something, you concentrate it as well. So I think they are the same thing.
  18. Hi BodySoulUnity, I was in the same position as you. Very fit, but couldn't get lean. Found out I have really low testosterone. I have since found out we have an epidemic of low testosterone due to the many chemicals we are exposed to. I would get that checked out first. I am going through a restart therapy and it seems to be working quite well. Boosted my testosterone up 600% so far. I just hope it stays there when I stop the meds.
  19. I agree Olive. I think it is more of a mental issue when people judge others health solely based on subjective factors. Sure you can see if someone is overweight and unhealthy, but so claim someone is undernourished or unhealthy by looking at a part of their body without empirical data suggests a narcissistic issue. I know guys who use steroids who look awesome, but they are far from healthy. I also know vegans with skinny legs and arms and maybe a little belly whose blood tests show they are quite healthy.
  20. Hi Pacgirl, Yes, definitely sounds like you need more exercise and more calories, not less. A lot of people think that little of no exercise means their bodies won't create muscle, but in reality, little or no exercise cause your muscles to actually reduce in size. You need enough resistance exercise to convince your body that you need more muscle. If you only diet and lose fat and weight, then you body will also give up muscle because less weight means a need for less muscle for the same activity level. HIIT will provide you with a lot of cardio plus it is also good for muscle building of the lower extremities in particular. Resistance training with weight for the upper body should also be included, but I would start with cardio first and get your body used to the extra stress. Work your way up until you can do HIIT and then add in resistance training. And I would trade lentils or chickpeas for tofu. Lentils and chickpeas are both whole foods with a much higher nutrient density than tofu. Tofu is processed and I don't consider it nearly as healthy as whole soy beans or any other bean.
  21. Hi Pacgirl, It isn't all about calories in vs calories burned. That is a huge myth. The quality of food is very important. If you eat a large amount of nutrient dense foods, your body will be satisfied quicker and you will likely consume less food. But foods that have high nutrient density, meaning they have a lot of micronutrients versus the number of calories, also require more energy to extract those nutrients. First thing is to forget protein. You are getting plenty. I am not sure if your stats are correct? You are 1.56m and 51kg? That gives you are BMI of 21 which is low normal. If you are that thin and you have fat you want to shed, you need to do so by exercising. I would actually recommend you eat much more food and exercise at least an hour a day. HIIT is one of the best methods of burning fat, and it will also tone and build muscle. When you exercise, you are telling your body that more muscle and less fat are needed for increased performance. Good luck
  22. Obviously you didn't read my post thoroughly. I never said not to take B12 regularly. I said that there is evidence to suggest we avoid the Cyanocobalamin form of B12. And did you read the articles in VeganHealth.org which states that certain people should avoid Cyanocobalamin? If certain people should avoid it, it would make sense that it is better if everyone avoided it and used a different form of B12. Maybe you should read more and write less.
  23. I recently read an article about avoid the Cyanocobalamin form as it can cause a build up of cyanide in the system which can cause a lot of problems that B12 is suppose to counter such as low energy, neurological disorders, etc. Interestingly, a different form of B12, Hydroxocobalamin, is used to treat cyanide poisoning. I took Cyanocobalamin for years before switching to Methylcobalamin. My recent blood test showed by B12 is high at 1239, so I am going to stop taking oral B12 and inject Hydroxocobalamin every 3 months of so. It is like $16 for 3mg. Probably the cheapest form when compared to absorbability of orals. It might also be possible that by low testosterone is caused by cyanide buildup.
  24. Clank, I am assuming you are a guy? Have you ever had your testosterone and other hormones checked? I had trouble losing fat and found out I had very low testosterone. I am using HCG therapy to hopefully raise it permanently. Many chemicals we are exposed to can suppress our testosterone production. You can often restart production with short term therapy.
  25. For anyone who has low testosterone and are facing the prospect of TRT, please drop me a line first. I was told by 5 different doctors that I should go on TRT, but a simple stimulation test increased my testosterone by nearly 600%. Not one of the doctors suggested a stimulation test. TRT is generally considered a lifelong treatment.
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