Women's Health (UK) - - CHEMICAL INFLUENCE -

na­tive habi­tat The ovaries and adrenal glands.

be­hav­iour in the wild This fiery fella is best known for his ten­dency to help pump up your mus­cles, your en­ergy and your sex drive. So when he’s AWOL, your mus­cles (along with your li­bido) may at­ro­phy, lead­ing to a slug­gish me­tab­o­lism and, yep, weight gain. Hate to break it to you, but he starts to fade in your twen­ties or when you take cer­tain forms of birth con­trol.

tame him Coax him back with re­sis­tance train­ing – try a barre class or other weight-bear­ing ex­er­cise for 30 min­utes, three times a week – which revs up your testosterone pro­duc­tion. Cut­ting back on sugar may also help him thrive – re­search has found eat­ing too much of the sweet stuff can turn off the gene that reg­u­lates the amount of ac­tive testosterone in your body.

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