I am no expert.
But I think the pituitary senses Estradiol as the marker for production of testosterone. As the estrogen comes From at least in part, from the conversion of testosterone. So if low Estrogen, the pituitary thinks the body is low testosterone and try to lroduce more T.
Higher body fat would have a bit higher conversion to Estradiol. So the pituitary would probably think there may be enough T. So not sure that adding weight will have the feedback loop you’re looking for.
Obese people with high body fat have higher estrogen and thus restricts testosterone production. And losing weight helps those folks for sure.
11% body fat to me might indicate either heavy if not “over training” or maybe not sufficient eating. Body thinks and reacts as if it is in “famine” mode and clamps down on things including messes with hormone levels.
Overtraining can cause a problem with thyroid where there is sufficient levels in the blood but it is not able to enter into the cells. So you could have low thyroid symptoms while blood tests show plenty of thyroid. Not sure if testosterone has any similar response.
I've considered the possibility of overtraining as well, but everything I've read, and every where else I've asked says it's impossible.
I have been trying to workout earlier in the day as opposed to a couple of hours before bed too.
I've always been on the lighter side, and keeping weight on has been a lifelong challenge for me.
Can overtraining result from not sleeping enough? Sleep is just an endless battle for me it seems.
Starting to think my body might not be tolerating staying out past my bedtime on weekends anymore. Oddly, just 2 years ago, I was working at a nightclub 3 nights a week and doing just fine. T levels were slightly higher too. I was not lifting then.