It may not come as a surprise to learn that most of what you eat has an effect on the shape of your body, including the size of your chest.
For most men who are suffering from enlarged male breasts the first place to make some changes is your diet.
There are certain foods that can cause man boobs and by reducing your intake of these foods you are also reducing your likelihood of growing man boobs.
A visit to the doctor to rule out hormonal conditions and medical problems as the cause will be required to ensure that you are actually dealing with pseudo gynecomastia and not real gynecomastia.
The next step is to look at what foods you are eating.
The most common cause of pseudo gynecomastia is being overweight or obese. Much in the same way that fat collects on arms, legs and the belly, it can also collect on your chest. When the fat on the chest increases the skin will stretch to accommodate it, giving the visual appearance of female breasts.
If your condition is due to being overweight, then think yourself lucky, yes really! With a few lifestyle changes, a healthy diet and some moderate exercise you should start seeing results very quickly. Yes, it does take perseverance, determination and some work, but the end results will be worth it.
Foods to avoid:
Avoid foods that are high in saturated fat. These can contribute to weight gain. Also, highly processed foods that are high in sugar and fats can promote weight gain and should be avoided.
Foods that can cause hormone imbalances are to be avoided as they can lower the testosterone and raise the estrogen levels, causing male breast tissue growth, regardless if you are overweight or not.
One food that has a high concentration of estrogen is soy. Soy contains phytoestrogens that act in the same way as the female hormone estrogen that causes the development of the female sex characteristics, including breasts. Soy is a plant that contains plant estrogens, also called phytoestrogens. This mimics the same female hormone that women produce that causes the development of secondary sex characteristics, including breasts.
High levels of soy are present in soymilk, tofu, snacks and most vegetarian meat alternatives. Soy is also used in numerous other food products as filler, so it is best to check the ingredients.
Learning about acidic and alkaline food items is just one of the principal tactics to treat gynecomastia. The majority of people within the Western hemisphere eat a lot of food that is highly acidic. Foods are split into two groups acidic and alkaline. To give you the best chance of getting rid of man boobs you should be aiming for a 70% alkaline – 30% acidic ratio.
Below is just a small list to give you an idea of the acidic foods to avoid. The full and extensive list can be downloaded from here.
Eat less of these highly acidic foods:
- Animal meat (hormone reared)
- Anise seed
- Kidney beans
- Korean ginseng
- Legumes and beans
- Mung beans
- Olive oil
- Pinto beans
- Red beans
- Root vegetables
- Sunflower seeds
- Soy products
- Split peas
- Sunflower seeds
- White rice
- Whole grains
- Wild yam
Changing you body chemistry by eating a more alkaline diet will boost your metabolic rate and enable you to work off even more calories, which will promote muscle growth and speed up the loss of excess fatty tissue.
Consume more of these alkaline foods:
- Brussels Sprouts
- Buckwheat Groats
- Fresh Comfrey
- Cumin Seeds
- Edamame (green soybeans)
- Fennel Seeds
- Flax Seeds
- Granulated Soy
- Green Beans
- Lemon juice
- Lime juice
- Lima Beans
- Sesame Seeds
- Cider vinegar (not white processed vinegar)
- Wheat Kernel
- White Beans
Avoid foods high in trans fats. There are literally thousands of food items that contain trans fats. The short list below is just to give you an example of the sort of foods to avoid.
- Stick margarine
- Vegetable shortening
- Pre-mixed cake mixes
- Pancake mixes
- Chocolate drink mixes
- Most snack foods: potato, corn, sunflower seed chips Packaged or microwave popcorn Ramen noodles Donuts Cookies Cakes Candy Ice cream
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