Today I’m going to reveal the real cause and the #1 reason guys get “man boobs”, also known as Gynecomastia (gyno).
I bring this up because I get a lot of questions about this topic and to be honest with you, I’m not surprised.
In fact, statistics show that this “medical condition”, is on the rise. Over the past 3 decades, gynecomastia has increased by 57%1 – which is crazy if you think about it.
So if you have “gyno” – regardless of how small or big – you’re not alone because having gynecomastia is actually quite common these days.
- About 60% of boys get it during puberty 2
- 37% of men in their 30’s and 40’s have it 2
- and a whopping 70% of men age 50 and older have it.2
Now, most people think the real cause is high estrogen. Yes, estrogen is definitely a major problem…
However, the REAL cause is actually having low testosterone and more specifically, an imbalance in hormones – primarily between testosterone AND estrogen. Thus, the “ratio” is more in favor of estrogens, than testosterone.
For example, you can have low estrogen and still get gynecomastia, IF your testosterone is ALSO low. So ideally you want HIGH testosterone and LOW estrogen.
Guys with gyno actually have the opposite, LOW testosterone and HIGH estrogen – the ratio is backward.
But here’s where things get interesting and actually, really bad for guys who have man-boobs.
So read carefully… As your estrogen levels increase, your body tells your testicles to produce LESS testosterone.
So, that’s bad news #1
What’s worse is that the body’s natural estrogen inhibitor,… the way your body tries to naturally lower estrogen internally, …. is by increasing the hormone – Dihydrotestosterone, also known as DHT…
Which is a primary cause of balding and excess body hair (back, shoulders, etc.)!!! That’s bad news #2
So guys with gyno have
- More estrogen – more body fat, depression, etc.
- Less testosterone – smaller muscle, lower sex drive, etc.
- Higher DHT – balding, body hair, etc.
But get this, the bad news continues…
Because there’s another major hormonal imbalance typically seen with “man-boob” guys — higher levels of the stress hormone, Cortisol
… which further DECREASES testosterone levels, even more, causing an even HIGHER ratio of estrogen, so on and so forth.
That’s bad news #3
So the bad news keeps getting worse.
The negative hormonal imbalances cause even bigger imbalances as you age and also as you get fatter,… which is further enhanced BY the hormonal imbalances.
Simply stated, you’re kinda “screwed”.
Which explains why it’s so much harder for you to
- gain muscle or lose fat …
- and why your sex drive keeps going lower …
- and you lose more and more muscle every year.
And basically, your aging and getting older, at a FASTER rate.
So listen… I can go on and on about this topic because it also causes higher cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, erectile problems, etc., etc.
But by now I hope you get the point.
So, let’s QUICKLY talk about solutions.
Some people need to have surgery to remove the gyno. This is fine, especially if yours is big. Make sure you find an EXPERIENCED doctor who has done this surgery dozens and hundreds of times.
However, regardless of the surgery, you still MUST improve your hormonal imbalance – which includes 3-4 solutions:
Reduce Estrogen/Female Hormones
First, you need to reduce your estrogen levels. This is done by
This is because fat cells increase estrogen levels.
Lots of foods increase estrogen — such as soy products and animal protein, primarily because of all the hormones in the foods. For example, chick eat soy products and that gets into the chicken and then into you — even the “organic, free range” junk
So you need to eat more vegetables and healthy fats – such as coconut, nuts, seeds, avocados and so forth.
Once you’ve lowered your estrogens and female hormones, we need to focus on increasing your testosterone.
As you’ve read in my other articles, you need to lift weights. And you only need to do this 3-4x weekly and no more than an hour each session.
No Intense, Long Duration Cardio
Running, jogging, long-distance biking and hiking all increase stress hormones and decrease testosterone. Keep your intense cardio sessions short, to less than 15-20 minutes. Or best of all, simply go for a brisk, 30 min walk 3-5x weekly.
And as stated above, eating more fats – especially saturated fats such as eggs are great. And don’t worry, it won’t increase your cholesterol levels. 2-3 eggs, 2-3x weekly – pasteurized eggs are best.
Also, make sure you sleep better. Go to bed before midnight, sleep at least 6-7 hours. Most of your hormones are made during sleep and most people are, unfortunately, sleep deprived.
Take Specific, Clinically Proven, “Hormone Balancing” Supplements
Improving your lifestyle is very important, but it does take time to see results … so please be patient.
However, if you’re in a rush to see improvements … especially if you’re over the age of 35, I highly suggest every man to take specific herbs, plant extracts, vitamins, minerals and amino acids that are clinically proven to:
- increase your testosterone
- decrease estrogen
- Lower stress hormones such as cortisol
- and thus, create optimal hormonal balance.
The reality is that most of us are deficient specific ingredients and we just can’t get enough of it in our foods.
This is why the correct supplements will make the biggest and fastest improvement in your hormones and thus, decreasing the size of your gyno and help eliminate any problems in the future.
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