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Horny/easily aroused on paleo? Is it the protein?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 19, 2012 at 9:24 PM

I have been eating very "healthy" (whole foods) since I was in my teens and have been involved in athletics (ballet/dance, mostly), but my sex drive had been mediocre at best. I started seeing a personal trainer at the gym a year ago now and have since been doing two main things differently- 1 is eating more protein and 2 lifting weights. I have only gained about 8 or 12 lbs, but mostly just resifted to being lean and not skinny. I have noticed that gradually my sex drive has been increasing, and now it is like a imagine a 16 year old boy's is like. Is it the protein that increases sex drive? Or is it the weights...or both? Does my age have anything to do with it? I am 21. I am also healthy because I eat well and exercise, but I smoke a couple cigarettes a month and have a few drinks, but never more then 2...3 max on the weekends.

Is this very common? Is there an explanation? The only thing I can think of is the protein and/or the weight training. It's not really a sign that I am unhealthy, right? It's not normal, I don't think, but that doesn't mean it is not healthy, right? Should I TRY to lower it or should I just deal with it? Sorry this is a lot of questions and maybe awkward for some to want to answer, but should I be concerned at all? Your thoughts and experiences would mean a lot to me. Boys and girls alike can feel free to answer- this doesn't bother me because you don't know who I am :)

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on November 09, 2012
at 08:02 PM

MiMintzer, good catch! I went from 25g protein/day (for yrs) to 100g protein/day. And fat went from 30/day to 120g/day.

D8612a7c536e74f9855b70d8e97919b5

(1042)

on October 28, 2012
at 02:42 PM

Animal fats from grassfed livestock should be really low in toxins. Plus there are things that are good for you in the fat. I always eat all the fat on my grassfed meats.

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(5231)

on October 28, 2012
at 08:06 AM

Are you sure that you have your numbers correct? 4oz = 113g.

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on September 21, 2012
at 09:13 PM

Amy B- I actually try not to eat too much animal fat because I read on MDA that animal fat is where a lot of toxins are stored. I eat lean bison and beef, both of which are grass fed. The cholesterol in my morning eggs may have something to do with it though.

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(322)

on September 21, 2012
at 03:42 AM

I am jealous of you..Just enjoy it!

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(8014)

on September 20, 2012
at 09:26 PM

I'm sure the lifting and increased protein have something to do with it, but it's probably also the increased animal fat. (I assume you're eating more animal fat along with that protein. Let's not forget all those great sex hormones are made from cholesterol!)

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(15515)

on September 20, 2012
at 05:35 PM

Whatever you do - DO NOT LOWER IT!!! Enjoy! :)

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on September 20, 2012
at 04:44 PM

Congratulations -- a healthy sex drive is a sign of good health! Maybe not *always* or in *all people,* but we know darn well that *low* or nonexistent libido as well as infertility are often the result of poor diet and lifestyle. You're 21, active, alive, and vibrant...no reason for you *not* to be thinking about men a lot! ;-)

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(14952)

on September 19, 2012
at 10:44 PM

Wow you do not look 47.

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 10:29 PM

Good for you and your husband! This is encouraging. Thank you, Sandra :)

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on September 19, 2012
at 10:10 PM

I don't think it would go away entirely. For me, when I was in poor physical shape (poor diet, stress, etc.), my libido was non-existant. I noticed that is "heightened" after changing diet/exercise/etc. and with heavy lifting, it really increases.

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 10:00 PM

Thanks, Megan. Glad to hear it from a girl's point of view. But, really going up further? Interesting. I was never very interested in boys and dating until the past year, and now they're all I think I about. Good thing my job involves physical expression and not mental strain...otherwise I'd be put out of work!

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 09:57 PM

Well yes, I can rule out numbers 1 and 2. 4 and 5- I knew this was it! I had a hunch these two were the culprits, maybe more so the lifting than the protein. Thanks for the terrific answer, and I like your pun. I am a dancer after all and my legs are quite dexterous. PS I like your belt ;)

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 09:49 PM

Great! I just don't want to grow a mustache or anything if I keep at it. It is good to know that lifting does the same to guys as well. Thanks Matt. But if it increases exponentially, does that mean that you have no sex drive when you don't lift? Because I didn't have one really before I started, and now it has increased exponentially as you say. So if I stop lifting (I am not planning on it) you think it will go away entirely?

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on September 19, 2012
at 09:48 PM

I'd say it's probably a function of two things: 1-hormone regulation (due to your workouts and clean eating)

2- increased age - yes, I know you've heard it before, but women tend to get an increased sex drive after the teen years, not a lower one. And you're still young...stay healthy and it will probably still go up even further through your twenties :)

enjoy!

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 10:00 PM

Thanks, Megan. Glad to hear it from a girl's point of view. But, really going up further? Interesting. I was never very interested in boys and dating until the past year, and now they're all I think I about. Good thing my job involves physical expression and not mental strain...otherwise I'd be put out of work!

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06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on September 19, 2012
at 09:41 PM

I wouldn't say it's the protein as much as increased testosterone from the heavy lifting. Personal anecdote: Libido for me increases EXPONENTIALLY with eating paleo and lifting heavy stuff. Seems like a great problem to have :).

-Matt
PhysiqueRescue.com

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on September 19, 2012
at 09:49 PM

Great! I just don't want to grow a mustache or anything if I keep at it. It is good to know that lifting does the same to guys as well. Thanks Matt. But if it increases exponentially, does that mean that you have no sex drive when you don't lift? Because I didn't have one really before I started, and now it has increased exponentially as you say. So if I stop lifting (I am not planning on it) you think it will go away entirely?

06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on September 19, 2012
at 10:10 PM

I don't think it would go away entirely. For me, when I was in poor physical shape (poor diet, stress, etc.), my libido was non-existant. I noticed that is "heightened" after changing diet/exercise/etc. and with heavy lifting, it really increases.

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6e37f170409bc1b100c880c57508c5fd

on September 19, 2012
at 10:17 PM

I don't lift but I have inceased my protein from 4 oz/day to over 100g/day for 2 yrs now on Primal. And I fast. I had a healthy libido in my teens, had a child at 19 and then eating SAD and then almost vegetarian started me down the path of no sex and chronic fatigue at 23 or so. I'm 47 now and can't get enough. For years my husband wanted me to see a psychiatrist because I had no interest. Now he wants me to see a psychiatrist because I want it all the time.

When I fast, I'm in overdrive. Can you say cougar?

Enjoy!

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 19, 2012
at 10:44 PM

Wow you do not look 47.

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 10:29 PM

Good for you and your husband! This is encouraging. Thank you, Sandra :)

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on October 28, 2012
at 08:06 AM

Are you sure that you have your numbers correct? 4oz = 113g.

6e37f170409bc1b100c880c57508c5fd

on November 09, 2012
at 08:02 PM

MiMintzer, good catch! I went from 25g protein/day (for yrs) to 100g protein/day. And fat went from 30/day to 120g/day.

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on September 19, 2012
at 10:14 PM

I know what you mean!! It happened to me too. I put it down to going from eating a low fat (depressing as hell vegetarian) diet, to eating a healthy paleo diet with lots of healthy fats.. cholestarol plays a very big part in the production of sex hormones, so if you have increased these recently it could be that, and your hormones are just normalising. :D it's all good tho huh!!

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on September 19, 2012
at 09:47 PM

Um... generally I would not be concerned by an elevated sex drive...I'd be excited. Regardless, here are some of the potential reasons.

  1. bi-polar/mania: if you are bi-polar, a hyperactive sex drive could be a sign that you're just manic or your mood oscillating above baseline. So, if your bipolar then you have a good sign, but if you're not bi polar, disregard completely.
  2. herbal supplements: Personally, I am very weary of herbal supplements that a lot of people supplement with (all of them from ginseng and ginkgo to tribulus and macs). It just seems unnatural to mess with your hormones with herbal supplements that we do not understand completely, so I would make sure you are not consuming any of these. They're everywhere now too. It's actually difficult to find a good vitamin that does not contain at least one supplemental herb inside. So, check your corners here, and if you are taking herbals, I'd personally stop unless you're under the guidance of an experience naturopathic doctor or something of the sort.
  3. increased confidence: if you are feeling good about your body and life in general, this can be self fulfilling by increasing testosterone levels, which can reciprocate by making you feel good. If you have a boyfriend and are sexually active with him, this will also increase your testosterone production. So, this could be a factor.
  4. protein: Protein does, in fact contain some amino acids that increase sex drive. Among them are histidine and tyrosine. So eating higher protein could have an affect on this.
  5. weight lifting does increase anabolic hormones, so yes you probably are pumping out more testosterone and HGH than you were before.

If you can rule out numbers 1 and 2, then there is absolutely no cause for concern. As a young man myself, girls with confidence are always more fun in more ways than one, so you have a leg up (no pun intended) over your competition on that mark. I would just keep doing what you are doing because if you are feeling good and looking good, you should take that as a good sign that you're on the right track. Actually, I would say that body composition, complexion, and sex drive are probably the 3 quick and reliable indicators to how healthy a person is. From the info given, sounds like you have at least two of those in order.

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on September 19, 2012
at 09:57 PM

Well yes, I can rule out numbers 1 and 2. 4 and 5- I knew this was it! I had a hunch these two were the culprits, maybe more so the lifting than the protein. Thanks for the terrific answer, and I like your pun. I am a dancer after all and my legs are quite dexterous. PS I like your belt ;)

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on May 16, 2014
at 07:21 PM

Its the protein increase. Your body finally has enough to splurge in the areas its always need it in. Daily recommended values in America are Hog Wash ! When you body finally has the supplies it needs it can do wonderful things. I get this way from eating eggs; 6-8 every morning scrambled. Becareful with red meats & coconut oils. Red meats are bad and too much of a good oil is bad. I was putting it in my eggs and starting getting pains from too much red meat or oil; not sure which is the culprit yet. Of course lifting will increase hormones ect. But what made you post this is mostly the protein consumption. Women are consuming way less protein than they actualy need compared to men. Too much vitamin A is really bad. Increase your iodine intake!!! Agenda 21

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on October 28, 2012
at 03:31 PM

can i take you out on a date? :P

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on October 28, 2012
at 07:48 AM

I'm glad to hear others are experiencing increased sex drive, because I was worried about myself, too! It's got to be the increased protein, because I haven't been exercising. Or it could be just getting all the unhealthy sugars and grains out of my diet. I know I started experiencing it right away, like two weeks into the Paleo diet! I couldn't be happier, as I thought it would never come back! :)

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on September 19, 2012
at 11:09 PM

I think there are two factors that affect libido while on Primal/Paleo, first of all, you are taking care of your health and that makes you feel good about yourself, secondly, this lifestyle regulates inflammation, reduces allergies, enhances weight loss, enables the production and maintenance of muscle mass........ no wonder you feel like a sexy beast

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