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    Unhappy Low testosterone levels on an extreme cut?

    I have been varying my caloric intake a lot since June and began cutting my caloric intake to about 1500-2000 calories in June - July. In August, I weighed myself and had dropped around 9 pounds from 178 to 169 at 5'11 (21M). Around mid August I upped my caloric intake again (was back in college) and gained about 5 pounds. After noticing the weight gain I have been cutting again pretty aggressively, while also doing cardio 3-4 times a week and lifting 4x a week (Upper lower split). However, around August, when I lost the weight, I noticed hair loss which I found unusual. Since I started cutting again (1500 calories + cardio) I have noticed a bit of hairloss, my sleep is terrible (I will sleep 8+ hours and wake up tired) and I feel fatigued throughout the day. I also have not been getting morning wood upon waking. I also have a decreased sex drive. I am wondering whether these symptoms (hair loss, bad sleep, low energy, no morning wood) are a result of low testosterone levels due to my cut? Should I see a doctor and get my T-levels tested? I am planning to increase my calories and cut out cardio for now.
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    What is your current rate of weight loss per week?

    How much fat are you getting in your diet per day (grams)?
    All it takes is consistency, effort, proper nutrition, good programming, and TIME.
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    Originally Posted by xsquid99 View Post
    What is your current rate of weight loss per week?

    How much fat are you getting in your diet per day (grams)?
    Yep.

    Too little fat in your diet overall can cause testosterone to crater.
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    I experienced all of these symptoms (besides the hair loss) towards the end of my last cut. I was quite troubled by this fact, given that my rate of loss was not higher than 0.3-0.4 kg/week, which is not too aggressive.

    In my case, I believe part of what contributed to it was me doing too much HIIT from which I could not recover + that I happened to have been going through a very stressful period at work. As far as I know, my daily fat intake was not below the minimum.
    Also, I was not very active aside from working out, due to working from home, which caused me to drop calories quite low. Maybe I did not get all the micronutrients as a result (just speculating here)

    After switching to maintenance and then lean bulk, my morning wood came back.
    Interesting to see I was not the only one, and am also curious to see if others have experienced anything similar. (Note that I was nowhere near sub 10% body fat)
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    If your cutting with low fat diet, this is definitely not a good idea. Try to get at least 70 grams fat, it's essential. Your body uses fat for way more than energy alone, unlike carbs.
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    Sorry to jump on this thread as well.

    I have experienced this last year since I did some cutting for 5 months. (Over calorie restriction).

    I also, had my relationship break down. (8 Years) Last August. My morning wood never came back either. From December - March I was eating at a maintenance near enough, and still my 'libido buzz' never came back. Started bulking from March - now, and it still has not came back. I am eating a lot of healthy fats atm on my diet. 96 Grams.

    Any recommendations on how to improve this? Or are these affecting my testosterone:

    Work Stress
    Sleeping 5-6 Hours
    Always thinking of calories/meal prep
    Exercising.

    I am lifting 4-5 Days a week on average as well.
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    Originally Posted by HelixFuse View Post
    Sorry to jump on this thread as well.

    I have experienced this last year since I did some cutting for 5 months. (Over calorie restriction).

    I also, had my relationship break down. (8 Years) Last August. My morning wood never came back either. From December - March I was eating at a maintenance near enough, and still my 'libido buzz' never came back. Started bulking from March - now, and it still has not came back. I am eating a lot of healthy fats atm on my diet. 96 Grams.

    Any recommendations on how to improve this? Or are these affecting my testosterone:

    Work Stress
    Sleeping 5-6 Hours
    Always thinking of calories/meal prep
    Exercising.

    I am lifting 4-5 Days a week on average as well.
    Get your testosterone levels checked - I am going to do the same. Am also going to increase fats in my diet and start eating at maintenance with less cardio. The sleep is definitely an issue, you should get at least 8 hours. Nutrition/sleep/lifestyle have to be able to support recovery.
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    Originally Posted by xsquid99 View Post
    What is your current rate of weight loss per week?

    How much fat are you getting in your diet per day (grams)?
    Losing about 1-2 pounds a week. Not tracking my macros exactly but my sources of fat are shredded cheese, egg yolks, and canola oil.
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