Why Does Testosterone Make You Hungry?

Why Does Testosterone Make You Hungry?

Decreases in fat-free mass and testosterone are connected to severe energy shortages. Supplementing with testosterone may lessen such declines, but it may also lower levels of the orexigenic hormone ghrelin in the blood, which would exacerbate the energy deficit by decreasing hunger.

What is Testosterone?

Testosterone is a hormone that is primarily known for its role in male reproductive health, but it also plays a significant role in regulating appetite and metabolism. Many people are surprised to learn that testosterone can make you feel hungrier, but there is a scientific explanation for this phenomenon.

Testosterone is a steroid hormone that is produced primarily in the testes in men and in the ovaries and adrenal glands in women. It plays a crucial role in the development of male reproductive tissues and promotes secondary sexual characteristics such as increased muscle mass, bone density, and body hair. In addition, testosterone also affects metabolism, energy levels, and appetite.

What Causes Testosterone to Make You Hungry?

Impact of Testosterone On The Brain

One of how testosterone influences hunger is through its impact on the brain. Testosterone receptors are found in various regions of the brain, including those that regulate appetite and food intake. When testosterone levels are elevated, these receptors become more active, leading to an increase in hunger and a greater drive to consume food.

Influences The Production of Other Hormones

In addition to its effects on the brain, testosterone also influences the production of other hormones that play a role in appetite regulation. For example, testosterone can increase the production of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates hunger, and decrease the production of leptin, a hormone that signals satiety. This hormonal imbalance can lead to an increased appetite and a tendency to overeat.

Direct Impact On Metabolism

Testosterone also has a direct impact on metabolism and energy expenditure. When testosterone levels are high, the body tends to burn more calories and use energy more efficiently. This increased energy expenditure can lead to a greater need for fuel, which in turn can increase feelings of hunger.

It is important to note that the relationship between testosterone and hunger is complex and can be influenced by a variety of factors. For example, testosterone levels can fluctuate throughout the day and in response to various stimuli, such as exercise, stress, and sleep. In addition, individual differences in hormone sensitivity and metabolism can also play a role in determining how testosterone affects hunger and appetite.

How Can You Manage Your Hunger While On TRT?

First and foremost, it’s important to realize that Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is meant to support a balanced diet and regular exercise. While it may lead to an increase in hunger, it’s essential to avoid overeating or making unhealthy food choices as a result and to avoid weight gain.

Testosterone Level As You Age

It is worth mentioning that testosterone levels can decline with age, which can contribute to changes in appetite and metabolism. As men age, their testosterone levels naturally decrease, which can lead to a decrease in muscle mass, an increase in body fat, and changes in appetite and energy levels. These changes can contribute to a decrease in overall energy expenditure and an increase in feelings of hunger.


In conclusion, testosterone plays a significant role in regulating appetite and metabolism. When testosterone levels are elevated, it can lead to an increase in hunger and a greater drive to consume food. This is due to the hormone’s effects on the brain, its influence on the production of appetite-regulating hormones, and its impact on metabolism and energy expenditure. It is important to recognize the role of testosterone in appetite regulation and to consider its potential effects when addressing issues related to hunger and overeating. Additionally, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional if you have concerns about your testosterone levels and their impact on your appetite and metabolism.

If you enjoyed this article, you may also want to read this article on Natural Remedies for Low Testosterone in Men.

*This information is not intended to serve as a substitute for professional medical or dietary advice tailored to individual needs.

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