Gynecomastia in teenagers is a natural phenomenon and is part of the physiological growth and evolution of males . The final process of confirming an individual’s gender happens when they go through puberty . At this time, the body undergoes a lot of hormone fluctuation and sees a high level of the female hormone estrogen. This excess level of estrogen signals the body to develop feminine features like breast tissue. A secondary reason that will worsen the situation is if you are over weight and have a high body fat content . This is because fat produces an enzyme called aromatase and it converts testosterone to estrogen. The process of testosterone being converted to estrogen is called aromatization .
One of the common misunderstandings regarding breast enlargement in men is that all breast enlargement is caused by excessive tissue growth. However, breast enlargement can also be caused by pectoral fat or chest fat and if you are overweight or have above normal body fat, it is a bigger probability. Breast enlargement due to chest fat is called pseudogynecomastia or false gynecomastia . If you are overweight or have high body fat content, do not rush to the conclusion that you have gynecomastia because it can be excess fat (pseudogynecomastia) accumulated in the chest.
First things first. You have to understand and accept that there is high fat content in your body and that is not the best situation to be in for the long life ahead. The good news on the other hand, is that yours is fortunately, not a case of gynecomastia in teenagers but just fat deposit under and around nipples or areola . You can get rid of this by working out in general and especially for your chest. For a complete list of workouts that targets chest fat, take a look at the the workouts to lose chest fat page. You can also use a supplement specifically developed to burn chest fat to speed up pectoral fat loss. If it is left unchecked, you will carry on the fat and it will go up proportionately in the coming years and you will develop serious body-consciousness issues from undesirable attention to your enlarged chest .
Incorporate physical activity into your daily life. Workout in the gym if you can, walk, jog or run daily if possible or at least on alternative days .
If you workout in the gym, make sure you do these workouts to lose chest along with other workouts. You might be tempted to just do the workouts to lose chest fat all day long but that is not going to help you. Spot reduction is a myth. However, you can do more of these workouts and I recommend you do them every other day.
Include foods that help you produce testosterone as well as foods rich in fibre and protein to your diet. This will help you immensely in fat reduction.
Bring down the amount of fat that goes into your body. Even if you are working out, it will not help you unless you control the fat that you consume. Limit the amount of fat and sugars that you are eating. Working out and eating scientifically is a totally different topic but if you want to learn how professionals and celebrities do that, read this page.
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