What is the difference between Gynecomastia and Man Boobs? Gynecomastia is defined by the National Institute of Health as a benign growth of gland tissue in male breasts, usually caused by an increase in estrogen, a decrease in testosterone or the use of abundant medication. Gynecomastia can affect men of all ages, from children to adults.
Another type of breasts in men, which we will focus on in this article, is known as pseudo gynecomastia and is caused by excess fat. This is the most common type and is usually seen in obese or overweight men. None should be cause for concern but, as you can imagine, the symptoms of a hormonal imbalance and being overweight are not positive and in both cases, it is recommended to consult the doctor.
Although the term “male breasts” may seem funny, it is not so much for those who suffer. It is always important to take people’s feelings into account.
If you have pseudo gynecomastia or know someone who has it, here are some tips to increase muscle mass (especially the chest) to lose fat and minimize the appearance of the breasts.
4 TIPS TO GET FIT AND REDUCE MALE BREASTS
1. CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR
As we have already mentioned, by consulting your doctor you will not lose anything. It is always good to do it before starting any diet or training regimen. Tell him what worries you and what his goals are and ask for his opinion on whether it is safe or not.
Tip: Ask your doctor about your hormone levels.
2. DEBUG YOUR DIET
It is no secret that a balanced diet with a calorie deficit plays a crucial role in weight loss. The first step is to set a goal and start pointing out what you eat with the Balance app. Many people are not aware of everything they eat, so keeping a food diary can help you open your eyes. And you may also want to reduce the consumption of these 5 food groups if you want to lose weight.
Tip: It can take you one or two weeks to get used to writing down what you eat, but don’t give up. Soon you will become an expert in calculating the portions by eye. And do not forget the importance of pre and probiotics for good intestinal health.
3. WEIGHT TRAINING
Training with your own weight is amazing because there are lots of exercises that activate several muscle groups, which causes you to burn more calories. Yes, push-ups are an excellent example of ofexercise with the weight for the pecs. But did you know that the push-ups also work the arms, shoulders, back, and core and that they require the activation of the buttocks and legs?
Tip: The more you separate your hands when flexing, the more you will work your chest. And you don’t have to go very fast. Play with the rhythms and try to do some slowly. Do you notice how it burns you?
4. STRENGTH TRAINING WITH WEIGHTS
You’ll have to focus on building muscle mass rather than doing cardio to burn fat. In addition, muscle mass is a tissue that requires a lot of energy, so the more muscles you have the more calories you will burn while resting. Exercises such as chest press and cable chest flies are a great example of an exercise to build muscle mass in the pecs.
Tip: Don’t focus just on exercising for the pecs. Training your entire body is the key to burning fat. In addition, exercise can increase testosterone levels in men that, among other things, help you build and maintain muscle mass.
MYTH OR REALITY? IS IT REALLY POSSIBLE TO GET RID OF MALE BREASTS COMPLETELY?
This depends on how much fatty tissue you have and the elasticity of your skin. It may be that after losing weight you completely get rid of your breasts. But it could also be the case that when you lose fat, you also have to loose skin. Although there are surgical procedures to remove excess skin after losing weight, you should congratulate yourself first for having achieved it! Losing weight is not easy. It takes a lot of dedication and commitment to yourself and your health. However, if you have a lot of excess skin, the final decision will be only yours.
As you can see, in the case of pseudo gynecomastia, increasing activity and purifying your diet can lead you to lose weight and get rid of male breasts.