The daily mail reports that men seeking surgery to remove excess skin around their chest area (often referred to as ‘moobs’) has doubled in the last five years.
The problem is often caused by obesity, hormone imbalance and certain drugs such as anti depressants, heart and liver pills.
It is thought that the rise in the figures is due to men becoming more accepting of surgery as a viable solution, something that historically has been more acceptable for women. While I initially stood in judgement when I read this, I realised when looking closer that diet might be Robert important than you think, and not for the obvious reasons either!
But what can be done about it?
If you are overweight, then of course, weight loss will help. This does not necessarily apply to everyone who is affected by this problem. If you’re overweight, shedding the excess pounds may also increase your testosterone levels, according to research presented at the Endocrine Society’s 2012 meeting. Also eliminate sugars from your diet, particularly fructose, and increase the consumption of protein, and perhaps also whey protein. Contact me if you want to know more about weight management.
As I said, the other issue is hormone imbalance. Therefore, another solution could be to cut down on the beer. Beer contains a lot of hops, which is esterogenic. To rectify the hormone imbalance, you are looking to lower the oestrogen again, and raise the testosterone.
Vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower are also estrogen modulators that should be added to the diet. As is water cress, noticeable body composition changes and tightening of the pectoral area has been seen with men who added nothing more than 3 daily servings of water cress and a few of the below supplements to their diets.
Supplements DIM, curcumin, and grape seed extract are tremendous natural anti-aromatase agents that help reduce estrogen levels. It is also useful to add 40 grammes of soluble fibre to the diet when looking to reduce foreign estrogen levels as the fibre helps to “pull” the estrogen from the body.
Nuts are good for you. Research has found that men who ate diets rich in monounsaturated fat — the kind found in peanuts — had the highest testosterone levels. “It’s not known why this occurs, but some scientists believe that monounsaturated fats have a direct effect on the testes,” says Incledon. Nuts, olive oil, canola oil and peanut butter are good sources of monounsaturated fat.
The mineral zinc is important for testosterone production, and supplementing your diet for as little as six weeks has been shown to cause a marked improvement in testosterone among men with low levels. Likewise, research has shown that restricting dietary sources of zinc leads to a significant decrease in testosterone, while zinc supplementation increases it and even protects men from exercised-induced reductions in testosterone levels.
In addition to Peak Fitness, strength training is also known to boost testosterone levels, provided you are doing so intensely enough. When strength training to boost testosterone, you’ll want to increase the weight and lower your number of reps, and then focus on exercises that work a large number of muscles, such as dead lifts or squats.
When you’re under a lot of stress, your body releases high levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This hormone actually blocks the effects of testosterone,6 presumably because, from a biological standpoint, testosterone-associated behaviors (mating, competing, aggression) may have lowered your chances of survival in an emergency (hence, the “fight or flight” response is dominant, courtesy of cortisol).
In the modern world, chronic stress, and subsequently elevated levels of cortisol, could mean that testosterone’s effects are blocked in the long term, which is what you want to avoid.
Surgery may not always be your only option, and the others are cheaper too!