Ed I think that the links between weight gain or weight loss while on testosterone ablation therapy are two fold.
1> Testosterone gives us energy and drive (more than just libido). When you combine therapies like radiation and HT you get the double whammy of lack of physical activity and fatigue.
2> No testosterone makes us metabolize what we eat differently. This allows our muscles to shrink and our waists to widen. Additionally I believe that there is a psycho-social change that if we fail to recognize it, we end up with weight gain as well. This leads to impulse eating such as you are noticing. I have been there myself.
These are my observations with my own experience. I think for me going from what was normal for me on February 16, 2007 to completing surgery, starting HT and radiation over a 7 months period was quite a bit to experience. i didn't think about
it much until later, but I did much of my weight gain after all three were in full effect. i have absolutely changed what I eat for the most part, but I cannot seem to lose enough to satisfy my own expectations.
I think I just have to try harder...
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