The What-Why-How To Help
Gynecomastia, the dreaded man-boobs, is a lot more common than anyone really wants to admit. It affects a lot of guys, and it’s a point of shame for many of them. Baggy clothes and a preoccupation with pushups are just a few symptoms affecting those afflicted.
However the worst thing about man-boobs is the uncertainty. There’s this idea that man-boobs are a reflection of your masculinity, that your friends and loved ones will ridicule you, and a lot of that stems from not knowing where they come from, or how easy they are to lose. Read further to learn the pure and simple truth of man-boobs.
What Are They?
Simply, man-boobs are just fat stored in your pectoral region. It occurs in nearly 30% of men at some point in their lives, which means if you don’t have it, you know several people who do.
It doesn’t affect the physiology of your body in any other way – it’s just a way your body stores fat at a certain point.
Why Does This Happen?
This is where a lot of confusion comes from. Typically fat starts to get stored in your chest because of a hormonal imbalance. Either your estrogen levels are going up, or your testosterone levels are going down.
However, what isn’t stressed enough is how small those hormonal changes have to be to cause man-boobs.
For instance: obesity is a big cause of man-boobs, because fat releases leptin, which affects your hormonal balance. It’s not going to turn you into a woman, it’s just how the male body stores fat.
There’s also a few external factors that can cause man-boobs.
- Some anti-hair loss medication that contains propecia can end up blocking the production of testosterone, causing man-boobs.
- Steroids and Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) can also cause man-boobs, because some of the extra testosterone you’re getting gets converted into estrogen, throwing off the hormonal balance. In the case of TRT, this is often a temporary condition which goes away after a few weeks once your body adjusts to the new hormonal balance.
- There are a few rare cases where man-boobs can appear as the result of bigger issues, such as kidney and liver disease. If you are worried about your man-boobs, consult your doctor who can conduct an in-depth analysis to determine the root of your problem.
How To Get Rid of Them
One of the best ways to get rid of man-boobs is to lose weight. An overwhelming majority of man-boobs is caused by being overweight. If your man-boobs aren’t caused by medicine or a disease, this is going to be your best option.
Eating a low-carb, high-protein diet is going to have the best results. Certain foods like soy and wheat products contain phytoestrogens, which will cause your body to produce more estrogen. Unfortunately this includes beer. If drinking beer is a regular habit, it could really impact your quest for a flat, hard chest. Your new diet will require minimal beer consumption, perhaps replacing it with a fine whiskey.
However other foods, like Grapes, Mushrooms, Broccoli, and Cauliflower will actually reduce estrogen levels in your body. These and grass-fed meats should become staples of your diet.
There are also several workouts that will help your man-boobs.
- A focus on bench pressing
- overhead pressing
- cable-flys can make your pecs bigger.
Unfortunately you can’t spot-reduce fat, so this won’t help reduce the amount of fat in your pecs. However as your shoulders and chest get bigger, you will “wear” the fat differently, and it may not look like you have man-boobs at all.
Those are the simple facts of man-boobs. There are many different things that can be causing your body to store fat that way, and if you’re lucky you can simply stop whatever medication or drug is causing them. For everyone else, however, there’s pretty much one simple way to be rid of them: diet and exercise. Consult your doctor first so you know nothing worse is causing them, but then it’s time to get to work.