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Man boobs are most certainly not a lifter’s best friends. However all is not lost as there are some natural remedies and training methods that can be used to help obliterate them forever. What really are man-boobs?
Well gynecomastia or man-boobs is the enlargement of the gland tissue of a man’s breast and it is common in older men, during puberty and within anabolic steroid user circles. This condition must be differentiated from lipomastia which the deposit of fat under the breast tissue in obese or overweight men.
Therefore ‘clinical’ gynecomastia can be categorised as the enlargement of the breast tissue which is bigger than 0.5 centimetres rather than the fat tissue that is present.
Symptoms of clinical man-boobs include:
- They are symmetrical in location in relation to the nipple
- They usually occur on both sides
- They have a rubbery and firm feel
- Usually one breast is larger than the other
- They maybe be tender and sensitive
- They maybe itchy around the nipple area
- There should be no pain when you touch them
Nevertheless let’s not forget about the impact that fat distribution can have on the chest area and for the scope of this article both estrogen and fatty tissue reduction strategies will be discussed in relation to gynecomastia.
What are the causes of gynecomastia?
True gynecomastia results in the growth of the breast tissue and it is multifactorial in terms of what actually causes this condition.
Gynecomastia is in the main caused by an imbalance in which the female hormone (estrogen) is raised compared to the male hormone (androgen). This could be attributed to an increase in estrogen synthesis or a reduction in androgen production within the body. Or could be combination of both of these factors and gynecomastia could be determined as the ‘general reflection of the estrogen to androgen ratio within your body’.
In terms of bodybuilding long term use of steroids such as Anadrol, Sustanon and Dianabol increase the estrogen levels within the body and this process is called ‘aromatization’.
This occurs when the body senses that the levels of testosterone are too high and it converts androgens into estradiol which is an estrogen like compound.
An increase in circulating estrogen levels then binds to the breast tissue (which all men have) to form man boobs. Similarly lifters who are using human growth hormone (HGH) can also experience these counterproductive mechanisms and developing man boobs via the use of steroids/HGH are in fact ‘true’ and not a myth!
Speaking of myths it is a common misconception that using creatine can be a major catalyst for man boobs.
The fact is that creatine supplementation causes water retention which may resemble gynecomastia but actually there is no development of the breast tissue.
In addition if you are using soy milk in your protein shakes then stop this immediately; as it is totally counterproductive to your physique goals. The reason being is that soy products are full of estrogen like compounds called phytoestrogens which have been connected to the development of man- boobs.
A top tip is to supplement with zinc because this boosts your testosterone levels and a zinc deficiency can lead to ‘aromatization’ and man-boobs.
The use of alcohol and illegal drugs
High alcohol consumption is not only bad for your liver and other vital organs but it can lead to gynecomastia.
Excessive consumption of alcohol can reduce testosterone levels within the body, it can stop the production of testosterone, it enhances aromatization and these are all big factors in the creation of man boobs.
Similarly illegal drug taking such as smoking marijuana and/or amphetamine abuse have also been linked to a reduction in testosterone levels and again this is a catalyst for the production of man boobs.
25% of all cases of gynecomastia are caused by the use of prescribed medication such as some diuretics, calcium channel blockers, sleeping tablets and antibiotics.
If in doubt about the side effects in terms of gynecomastia and the medication that you are taking then ask your doctor.
How to lose your man boobs naturally
OK here comes the good news; man-boobs can be reduced in size and shaped in the gym and at home. In most cases ‘spot exercising’ a specific muscle group would not reduce the amount of fatty tissue within the body.
However with the right exercises and intensity using the chest muscles and its corresponding synergist muscles can in fact boost your testosterone levels and this helps to blast off fat.
The main reason why this fat burning mechanism is triggered is because many bodyweight and resistance chest exercises are compound in nature, use a high numbers of muscle groups and are indeed multi-jointed.
Granted that you should be throwing some cardio HIIT training into the mix; but why not combine the cardio and resistance elements into the same HIIT session using compound exercises?
This strategy will kill two birds with one stone as it will reduce the overall % fat in your body by boosting your testosterone levels, it will help to shape your chest area and reduce the appearance of your man boobs.
HIIT training and compound exercise using your bodyweight and/or equipment are a brilliant combination for boosting your testosterone levels and burning fat.
Let’s not forget how powerful a muscle building and fat burning hormone testosterone actually and throw some leg work into your chest day at the gym, as this will further enhance its potential.
Lose your man-boobs with Gynectrol
Gynecterol is produced by Crazybulk and it is a food supplement that is specially formulated to boost the weight loss process.
Fundamentally it targets the fat cells around the chest area which reduces man-boobs safely and effectively. It is made of all natural ingredients, it has minimal side effects and to understand how Gynectrol actually works, it is a good idea to focus on the active ingredients that it contains.
The active ingredients of Gynectrol
The main ingredients of Gynectrol are Caffeine, Chromium, Guggulsterone, Green Tea Extract and Theobromine.
Specifically caffeine generates lipolysis and during this process the body releases the free fatty acids into the bloodstream. This happens when the body is converting stored fat into energy and caffeine actually speeds up this vital fat burning mechanism.
Caffeine is a natural stimulant that can give you a burst of energy; it can improve your levels of focus, thus allowing you to perform resistance training with more intensity and gusto.
How does this translate into burning fat around the chest area? Well, if you are concentrating on exercising your chest muscles using compound movements then you will be burning fat via a boost in testosterone levels.
This may be caused by the increase in exercise intensity and mental focus which is connected to caffeine supplementation.
Chromium on the other hand helps to create muscle and again is involved in the fat burning process.
Guggulsterone is a plant steroid that is made from the resin of the guggul tree which is found in India. It helps with reducing cholesterol levels; it increases your testosterone levels, it increases your metabolism and is used in many bodybuilding products.
Green tea has flavonoids and alkaloids both of which are powerful fat burners. Again green tea compounds are used in many fat burning supplements on the market and this mainly because of its thermogenic properties. Green tea extract increase your core body temperature, thereby boosting the calories burnt to allow for this increase to occur.
Finally, Theobromine is the primary alkaloid found in cocoa, it is high in L-arginine and it has very similar fat burning properties to caffeine.
Is Gynectrol recommended?
Gynectrol is highly recommended if you are looking for a little help reducing the fat from around your chest.
The course is easy to follow and the tablets should be taken three times per day with meals and on work out days take 45 minutes before you hit the gym. The cycling of gynecterol is pretty straight forward with 2 months on and 1.5 weeks off.
They are cost effective and are non-toxic on your liver/kidneys and if you were to buy each of the individual ingredients as supplements or foods that contain high amounts of them; the cost to your shopping bill would soon mount up!
Gynecterol is relatively new on the market and it is designed to help you to lose the fat around your chest area.
They do have all of the active ingredients to help you blast off your body fat in the right areas, so why not give them a go and see what happens?
As stated above Gynectrol is available to buy online via the Crazy Bulk website. The price starts at £37.58 ($61.99) for a months supply, although you could make big savings by purchasing 2 bottles as you would get a third completely FREE of charge.