Fiber apparently causes lowered testosterone levels?

  • Artesin

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    Oct 15, 2013 10:47 PM GMT
    TLDR at the bottom.

    Basically I've been researching and trying to find the best way to put on weight for years. I've kind of stopped at 175 at 5'11 and seem to be unable to put on weight or tone. While researching the best zinc supplements I fell onto a lot of information I've never seen before, which has turned everything that I've ever read sort of upside down. Help me make some sense of it? Links of the articles are at the bottom too.

    I've been under the assumption lately that it all comes down to meeting the RDA of minerals, getting enough calories per day, upping saturated fat, and getting a 2:1 ratio of carbs/protein before and after a workout. It never occurred to me that whole grains, legumes, and basically anything containing fiber (that doesn't lower estrogen levels) will result in a lowering of testosterone, which causes me to wonder how one can remain healthy and keep everything moving south without a diet high in vegetables. Granted I only consume milk products and fish for protein, so the rest is made up with meat-substitute (Quorn), lentils, chickpeas, quinoa, and brown rice/pasta, ect ect. So obviously I consume a lot of fiber by proxy, along with a lot of fruits and vegetables.

    Basically I am not sure at what point equilibrium starts to tilt out of balance and cause more harm than good. Some daily things that I do include supplementing GTF chromium with vanadium and niacin/inositol at night, along with zinc and magnesium (that Im thinking of switching to ZMA). I make three shakes throughout the day to primarily pad calorie levels, one being high carb/protein with egg white protein, oatmeal, and peanut butter; the other is an avocado/coconut smoothie for saturated fat (Plus it has about 800 calories); and muscle milk before I go to bed on workout days, along with a post/pre workout consisting of maltodextrin/dextrose and whey in a 2:1 ratio with added creatine/glutamine. The rest of the diet is really whole grain/vegetable based.

    I really don't know what to do at this point because my general diet for 13 years has basically been thrown out the window and labelled as a testosterone nightmare, when I've simply been fixated on the macro nutrient aspect and hormonal response to actively working out. Any candid advice to go along with the article on grains or vegetable sources that wont negatively impact testosterone? I'm a student so cash is an issue. Granted I also don't want to be huge, like I said I'm at 175lbs with a goal of 185-190.

    Im having trouble constantly sifting through contradictory information while attempting to meet all dietary outlines.


    What's your view on fiber?

    Whats the view on whole grains?

    Don't you think consuming strictly animal protein with minimal consumption of fruits/vegetables/legumes/starches kill calorie count, and potentially lead to undesirable health effects?
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    Oct 16, 2013 5:57 AM GMT
    LOL. Those are spammy web links. I'd like to see info from some legit sites.
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    Oct 16, 2013 7:11 AM GMT
    How current are your profile pictures?

    How long have you been lifting weights?