You used to have a toned, defined chest. Well, maybe not. But at least you didn’t have man boobs! Where the heck did these things come from and how do you get rid of them? To get rid of man boobs, you have to understand a little more about them and the role you may have had in help putting them there in the first place.
What Exactly Are “Man Boobs”?
Your pectoral muscles are becoming engorged and beginning to plump with fat deposits and hang like women’s breasts.
What Causes Man Boobs?
There are two reasons for the development of man boobs. One is obesity. Men who are well over their ideal weight for height and body type are at risk for developing man boobs. The second cause of man boobs is hormonal imbalance. This is called gynecomastia. When testosterone levels get low and estrogen levels rise, you may start noticing a disturbing change in your chest even if you have no love handles to speak of.
Hormonal imbalances can be caused by age, sedentary lifestyle, certain medications, and diet. There has been some evidence to suggest that vegetarian men who consume soy products will develop man boobs. This is because of the estrogen-like compounds contained in soy. Gynecomastia can also be caused by testicular tumor, which causes estrogen levels to rise significantly. If you suspect you have a testicular tumor, seek medical help immediately.
How Can I Get Rid of Man Boobs?
To get rid of man boobs, you need to know what’s causing them to develop. Vegetarian men should turn to more soy-free protein sources to build muscle and get the nutrition they need. Also, if you’re a bodybuilder, check your protein shake. If it contains soy and man boobs are a problem for you, switch to a soy-free brand. It may be the only thing you need to do to get rid of this embarrassing problem.
If you’re overweight, you should take the time and effort to lose it because if you don’t, man boobs will be the least of your health worries. Eating a diet high in fatty, processed foods increases your risk of developing colon cancer. To slim down, you don’t need to go on a diet; you just need to cut the junk, eat more whole food, and get plenty of exercise. Unfortunately, you can’t spot reduce your man boobs. Only a well-rounded overall body exercise program will work. This means plenty of cardio and strength training combined.
Man boobs are embarrassing. They make you want to hide your body and stay out of the dating scene. If your pectoral muscles are turning into breasts, try eating a healthier diet with less soy and exercising more. If the problem persists, talk with your doctor about possible hormonal imbalances that need to be addressed. Then get back to living life on your terms!
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Guest Post by: Dave Rich, SEO of Men’s Health Net, a place with honest information about the health problems men face everyday.