Dave Palumbo dives in on a couple of questions he's been a lot about - lately - regarding GH, namely if it makes you tired, and, if it raises (or lowers) blood pressure.
When thyroid levels fall, calorie burning falls as does protein synthesis- the rate at which the body takes amino acids from protein foods and deposits them into muscle tissue.
The testosterone to estrogen ratio in the body effects the way you look. Decreasing estrogen or increasing testosterone or a combo of both always leads to a harder body; less body fat and less water retention.
Excess cortisol burns muscle rather than body fat. Preventing it from staying high for excessive periods of time will help save muscle. Recall: muscle drives the fat burning metabolism.
Growth Hormone (GH)GH supports fat burning. More important, it spares muscle loss. Saving muscle while dieting is key in preserving the metabolism. Increasing GH can also speed fat loss.
Testosterone: Obviously, you want elevated levels but dieting, all diets, usually cause levels to fall. Why You Want to Do This: Metabolism. Lower testosterone levels downgrade the metabolism.
I can’t recall the number of bodybuilders over the past year who have e-mailed me requesting the same thing, “Can you check out my pre-contest diet?” Time and time again, the approach is the same: no carbs.