Saturday, September 9, 2017

Do High Fat Diets Support High Testosterone Levels?

Does a high saturated fat diet support high testosterone compared to a low-fat diet?  
You might assume that the idea that a high saturated fat diet supports high testosterone originates with promoters of high-fat, animal-based diets, and you'd be wrong. In fact promoters of low-fat whole foods plant-based diets have embraced this idea and used it to promote abstention from saturated fats and animal products.  
Research providing evidence that reducing total and saturated fat intake reduces testosterone levels OR makes androgens less available for action is not very difficult to find, because this has been proposed by proponents of low-fat diets as a mechanism by which low-fat and plant-based diets might prevent hormone-related cancers. 
Many rank-and-file followers of low-fat whole foods plant-based diets appear unaware that leading medical advocates of such diets frankly assert that high-fat and animal-based diets support high testosterone levels in comparison to their proposed low-fat and plant-based diets.
For example, the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), which promotes a low-fat vegan diet as a prevention for hormone-related cancers, asserts that a low-fat diet will reduce your sex hormone levels. 
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Demigod Body Project Progress Report #1

High Cholesterol Diet For Building Muscle: Is It Safe?

Is it safe to eat a high cholesterol diet to build muscle?  
In my video "Old School Post-Training Nutrition" I cited research suggesting that a high cholesterol diet may help build muscle.  However, due to widespread belief in the lipid hypothesis and the cholesterol scare, some people wonder whether it is smart to "sacrifice" low serum cholesterol for the sake of building muscle mass.  Some of these people suggest that increasing muscle mass has little or no benefits for health or life expectancy, and thus suggest it is irrational to trade cardiovascular health for what they believe is a merely cosmetic change to one's physique.  Are they right?
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