Enlarged breasts in men seem unnatural. The condition is called Gynecomastia. This can be caused by increase in breast tissue because of metabolic disorders, or due to the effect of some medications or just because of the accumulation of fat. This embarrassing condition, also referred to as “man boobs”, when it occurs with obesity and the build up of fat is known as “Pseudogynecomastia”. This is different from actual Gynecomastia, which is more difficult to treat and may lead to surgery.
Causes of Pseudogynecomastia
There are three main factors that generally lead to Pseudogynecomastia. One of them is addiction to drugs. Illegal drugs not only warp the mind but also show effect of the body including the development of ‘man boobs’. This is more difficult to cure since it becomes necessary, first of all, to get the patient to get over his drug addiction before reversing the damage caused by it.
Secondly, high levels of Acidic pH in the body can cause Pseudogynecomastia. Eating a lot of junk food and fast food, which contain a lot of preservatives, leads to a rise in the pH levels of the body, which induces the storage of unhealthy levels of fat in the body especially the breast area.
Obesity is the third and most important or primary reason for men to store excess fat in the thigh and belly areas, and, for some men, it is stored in the chest area leading to unusually large breasts. The extra weight gained by men can change the production of hormones in their body. The fat tissues encourage the production of estrogen, the female hormone. This, in turn, stimulates tissues in the breast and makes it enlarged. It is said that men who have a body mass index of more than 30 will experience increase in breast size as well.
Cures for Pseudogynecomastia
- The first step towards the cure of Pseudogynecomastia should be to go on a strict diet for weight reduction and combine it with the right exercises. This would be categorized under natural treatment. The most important prerequisite for diet and exercise is willpower. The old adage, “Where there is a will, there is a way”, most certainly holds well here. While doing exercises, it is good to focus on resistance training. Here, specific exercises for strengthening pectoral muscles should be undertaken as this will prevent skin from sagging. Cardio exercises, like swimming, running, and biking, should also help to reduce overall body fat and, in the process, reduce fatty deposits in the chest.
- In the gym, chest related exercises should be given importance like chest press, pushups, pec-dec, dumbbell flys, etc. Of course, full body exercises like squats, clean and press and dead lift, will engage many different groups of muscles and will induce release of testosterone and, subsequent burning of fat.
- Resistance training not only helps to lose fat but also boosts the testosterone levels. Those suffering from Gynecomastia have lower levels of testosterone leading to ‘man boobs’. Testosterone is not just a fat burner but will help with rectifying the imbalance of hormones for those with this problem.
- Alcohol is another enemy to Pseudogynecomastia because it generally increases the female hormones of estrogen and what is necessary for these individuals is more of testosterone. Alcohol is also dense in calories and contributes to rapid increase in fat levels. When examining the diet of the person, care should be taken to recommend a diet rich in protein sources that are lean (no red meats). This will ensure the raising of metabolism leading to fat burning.
Pseudogynecomastia, thus, is a problem that can be dealt with and without recourse to surgery unless there is no significant decrease in ‘man boobs’ with exercise and correct diet.