Chances are, if you’re a man, you enjoy seeing great cleavage on a woman. If you are a woman, you take pride in having firm, lifted and attractive breasts. But there’s an epidemic that no one loves: “man boobs.” Man boobs, or “moobs”, are the unattractive, flabby chest area on a man who looks as though he has cleavage like a woman. And unfortunately, man boobs are becoming more frequent in today’s obese society.
There are two reasons why a guy might have man boobs. The first is a medical condition. “Man boobs” (clinically known as gynecomastia) can be caused by the following:
- Hormonal Imbalance: Fluctuations in hormones, particularly estrogen and testosterone, can contribute to gynecomastia.
- Medications: Certain medications, such as anti-androgens, anabolic steroids, and some antidepressants, can cause breast tissue growth.
- Medical Conditions: Conditions like obesity, hypogonadism, and thyroid disorders may increase the risk of gynecomastia.
- Age: Gynecomastia can occur at various stages of life, with prevalence peaking during infancy, adolescence, and older age.
It’s usually not a serious problem and may go away on its own. However, if you think you have gynecomastia and it continues to persist, you should visit a doctor to find out if medication or surgery will help.
Can exercise help?
Excess fat can be stored in the chest. When it comes to weight loss, fat can be stored in various areas of the body. When you work out, cardio is only a small piece of the pie. Building muscle through strength training ignites your metabolism, which burns calories and accelerates fat loss.
Brix Fitness on Youtube shows you how to get rid of man boobs – the right way! Check out the video below:
If you are searching for ways to get rid of man boobs, then you’ve landed at the right place. Firm up your chest and shed weight with these three exercises:
Lying Supported Neutral-Grip Dumbbell Row
Grab a pair of dumbbells and lie chest-down on a 45-degree incline bench. Let your arms hang straight down, palms facing each other. Row the dumbbells to the side of your chest by bending your elbows and squeezing your shoulder blades. Pause and lower the weights.
Dumbbell Goblet Box Squat
Stand four to six inches forward of a knee-high bench or box. Cup the end of a dumbbell with both hands and hold it vertically in front of your chest, your elbows pointing down. Keeping your back naturally arched, push your hips back, bend your knees and squat. Sit on the bench for a moment. Keeping your heels pressed into the ground, stand back up.
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Dumbbell 1 1/2 Pushup
Grasp the handle of a dumbbell in each hand and assume a pushup position with your arms straight. Your hands should be about shoulder-width apart, and your body should form a straight line from head to ankles. Bend your elbows and lower your body until your chest nearly touches the floor. Pause, and then push yourself halfway back up. Pause again, then lower your body back to the floor. Push yourself all the way back up to the starting position, and repeat.
Gynecomastia and male breast cancer
Gynecomastia and breast cancer are two separate conditions. However, both are associated with increased levels of oestrogens in the blood. Gynecomastia is generally benign, however, it does increase your risk of developing breast cancer.
Although breast cancer in men is rare, any changes to your chest should be evaluated by a healthcare professional to rule out the possibility of breast cancer.
Regular self-examinations, seeking medical advice for changes, and raising awareness about these conditions are steps towards staying healthy and informed. Remember, early detection and proactive care are vital components of maintaining overall well-being.