low sex drive

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    May 11, 2013 1:41 PM GMT
    Do anyone of you ever experienced having a very low libido while restricting your carbs intake and doing a very demanding excercise routine?
  • YILLING

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    May 11, 2013 7:48 PM GMT
    You're probably not eating enough calories, carbs included.
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    May 11, 2013 8:27 PM GMT
    Strenuous exercise without adequate rest days for your body to recover can lead to lower testosterone levels. Also diets low in good fats can lead to lower testosterone levels. Low carb diets that lead to ketosis may be good for burning fat, but keep in mind your body needs that cholesterol to make hormones like testosterone.

    These decreased testosterone levels can lead to lowered libidos.

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    May 11, 2013 8:54 PM GMT
    Thanks for the responses guys. All the responses seem to make sense because I have seriously restricted my carb intake and overall my calorie intake is lower and i tend to have 2 hours gym sessions 4-5 times a week during the last 3 months. I think i am addicted to working out. that may be another issue. I always tell myself i would go back to my normal healthy diet but somehow I just keep pushing it back because what i am doing gives me this good feeling and i like the way my body have improved over the last 3 months when I made thoes drastic changes to my diet and excercise. I have been trying to maintain my gains but I guess I have to rethink thoes plans.
  • YILLING

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    May 11, 2013 9:46 PM GMT
    Best of luck. If it's something you are seriously struggling with---don't be ashamed--then you really ought to consider seeking professional help.
  • coyoteandhawk

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    May 12, 2013 12:29 AM GMT
    Maybe you're just tired? Relax and enjoy your achievement. When you get rested it will return. Enjoy whatever you do, if it replaces sex for a time then that is OK too.
  • Beeftastic

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    May 12, 2013 12:35 AM GMT
    IMHO, if you are having these symptoms, then what you are doing is not healthy. If it's just short term (a month?) then I think it's ok to do. But if this is your long term diet and exercise plan, it's going to harm you in the long run.

    I have been on a diet that restricted calories so much that I had no energy and lower sex drive. But it was just for a month. When I reached my goals, I stopped.
  • Fritter

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    May 13, 2013 11:48 AM GMT
    Maybe you can try Testosterone booster supplements. I wasn't on a carb reduced diet at the time, but when I tried test boosters, it didn't take much to set me off, if you know what I mean. icon_wink.gif
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    May 13, 2013 12:09 PM GMT
    Rest icon_smile.gif and More food icon_smile.gif you'll be good as new .. test boosters *may* help, but I doubt the other factors are there too..

    Are you taking any supps which lower cortisol? Sometimes they can also have an effect on your libido..

    There are also other trace elements which may be in demand by your exercise routine, which would normally support libido - if you want to find out a doctor should do a blood workup on you (and can measure your Testosterone levels) at that point too!