Research shows that as many as 50% of all men suffer from ‘Man Boobs’ at some point in their lives. We will briefly examine the two different kinds of man boobs and how to get rid of them. Please note that the identification of the specific type of ‘man boobs’ you have is the most important.
The Two Types of Man Boobs
The first type is Gynecomastia which comes from a hormonal imbalance. Which usually comes genetically or from taking steroids. They can also be caused by serious medical conditions like liver disease. Also pituitary tumors or cancer. Therefore, before you try any treatment it is important that you consult with your physician to eliminate those possibilities.
The reason why Gynecomastia increases chest size is because of excess testosterone which converts to estrogen. This then combines with breast tissue receptors and result in enlarged tissue in the chest. Gynecomastia is commonly identified by a mass below the nipple and is often connected with the use of steroids. It can be very painful and embarrassing so make sure and see your doctor if you suspect this may be a problem for you.
The other cause of man boobs is the more common reason and is fixed a lot easier because it is caused from excess chest fat. If you want to cut extra fat from your chest area you will need to get on a total body fat loss program. Since targeting just one area to lose fat is just not possible. Don’t be fooled by products or exercise plans that have heavy emphasis on high repetition chest exercises. This may have the reverse effect and actually make your man boobs bigger by building large pectoral muscles under the fat.
You may need to increase the weight that you use for bench-press. However, exercise alone will not effectively get rid of your man boobs if you do not address your diet. You need unprocessed foods, whole foods that put and lean meats. This will give your body the fuel it needs without adding extra fat.
A good goal is losing around 2 pounds per week. If you try to lose weight faster than that you risk losing your muscle tone and throwing off your body’s metabolic processes. Fat-loss and not weight-loss comes from planning correctly, your muscles are broken in the gym and built in the kitchen.
You should be eating around a gram of protein per pound of bodyweight. However, you need to make sure that you are not taking in all of your daily protein requirement in just one meal. Your body cannot digest that amount all at once and can lead to stomach upset and indigestion. Your pre and post workout meal are the most important. So make sure you balance your meals and keep your fat loss exercises up. Remember the most simple rule, calories in vs. calories out. If you want to lose weight you need to burn more than you are taking in.