It’s very common nowadays to see guys, even young boys with man boobs.
This is not only an aesthetical problem, but it’s also a health problem.
Man boobs mean increased body fat, hormonal disbalance, and obesity.
Your diet has big influence here.
But, before we see what foods you should avoid if you want to get rid of man boobs, let me tell you something about man boobs. (1)
What are the main causes of man boobs?
There are 2 main causes:
- Gynecomastia – this is the most common cause, it appears because of a chest and not fat tissue, as a result of imbalanced levels of the hormones testosterone and estrogen. (2)
- Obesity – Well, obesity will cause fat on every part of your body and especially on your chest. It’s already clear that obesity leads to serious health problems, not just visual ones.
Why do you need to watch what you eat if you have man boobs?
As I said, gynecomastia is the most common reason for man boobs. (3)
Gynecomastia is activated when the levels of testosterone are reduced compared to the levels of estrogen.
And boobs grow because of estrogen.
The causes for this reduction can be conditions that block the effects of testosterone, conditions that decrease the level of testosterone or increase the level of estrogen.
So, foods that increase estrogen and reduce testosterone are the ones that can cause moobs.
On the other hand, you can see more about foods that reduce man boobs here.
Here you can see the so-called estrogenic foods you need to avoid.
Foods you should avoid if you want to get rid of man boobs:
If you have a low testosterone level, drinking alcohol can only do you harm. (4)
Alcohol increases the conversion of testosterone to estrogen.
Maybe that’s the reason why we are so emotional after a few glasses.
And you should avoid beer especially.
It has a really bad effect on your testosterone levels.
Unfortunately, beer is the worst choice because it contains a lot of hops which contain a lot of estrogen.
Maybe that’s why men who drink beer get the “beer belly” and man boobs.
2. Bottled water and canned food
Water is not the problem here, but the bottle is.
Plastic bottles in general, are harmful to men.
They contain bisphenol.
That is a chemical substance found in plastic products.
It can significantly lower your testosterone and increase estrogen.
The harmful chemical substance bisphenol-A.
Bisphenol or BPA can lead to sexual dysfunction and it can lower the number of spermatozoa in men.
BPA is found in plastic bottles and plastic dishes and canned food.
It’s better to drink tap water instead of bottled water.
Licorice helps make a balance between estrogen and progesterone in your body since it contains isoflavones.
It affects cortisol and estrogen and it reduces the production of testosterone up to 50%.
4. Microwave popcorn
Microwave popcorn has a negative effect on testosterone levels and sex drive.
A bag of popcorn isn’t healthy because of the package and the content inside.
It contains a lot of chemicals which can cause infertility, low sex drive, and even testicular tumor.
Make your own popcorn instead of buying an unhealthy one.
I don’t have to tell you that sodas are unhealthy.
They are loaded with calories, sugar, and caffeine.
They are bad for your health, weight, and increase estrogen levels.
6. Some kinds of seafood
A pesticide called 4-hexyl resorcinol can disbalance male hormones and increase the level of estrogen.
This pesticide is added to shrimps to avoid discoloration.
Avoid shrimps and farmed salmon.
7. Junk food
I don’t need to tell you that junk food is unhealthy.
It’s the main reason for those extra pounds.
And extra pounds increase estrogen and decrease your testosterone.
Junk food and unhealthy snacks are also a common source of trans fats.
Consuming trans fats from junk food can decrease testosterone.