Man Boobs: What is the Cause And How To Get Rid Of them

What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is an endocrine disorder where the male breast tissue swells and grows abnormally in size. Every body is unique, we tend to store fat in different parts. If you suffer from excess fat deposits accumulating on your chest (man boobs), it could be due to an imbalance of the hormones oestrogen and testosterone, leading to an increase in breast gland tissue. Gynecomastia can affect one or both breasts, sometimes unevenly. Although it’s not a serious problem, it can affect body confidence. Men and boys with Gynecomastia can also experience pain in their breasts.

Fat Freezing to Treat Man Boobs

What can’t be shed in the gym can be removed through effective non-invasive treatments, such as Fat Freezing which removes up to 30% of fat cells at each treatment. 

If you’re not familiar with Fat Freezing, watch the video below, where Amy our NSW Director answers our most frequently asked Fat Freezing questions.

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Why Do We Get Man Boobs?

There may be certain factors contributing to man boobs that are within your control. While it’s not guaranteed, a few lifestyle tweaks can have a positive effect.

Your Nutrition

At Body Catalyst, nutrition is a large component of helping people make the shift and maintaining their results. It’s no secret that what you put in your mouth has a large bearing on weight fluctuations. A bad diet not only increases fat, but this extra fat creates an imbalance of a hormone called leptin, which can inhibit the production of testosterone, and cause the condition to worsen.

Excessive Alcohol consumption

We all know that drinking too much can cause weight gain. Beverages such as beer, can lead to another unwanted physical trait – the dreaded ‘man boobs’; where the resulting increased oestrogen levels stimulate the growth of breast tissue.

Certain Oil Based Products

Certain products containing natural oil-based ingredients such as lavender or tea tree oil (as found in beard oils), could cause a hormone imbalance when absorbed into the bloodstream, resulting in effects similar to that shown when an increase in oestrogen is experienced.

Steroid Consumption

Anabolic steroids are a synthetic testosterone that can be converted into oestrogen by the body. If this occurs, it can cause Gynecomastia and suspiciously bulbous pectorals. According to the Journal of Steroids & Hormonal Science, drugs that include steroids are the cause of 10%-25% of cases of Gynecomastia. Throwing your hormonal stability can lead to an increase in oestrogen (the female sex hormone) and/or a drop in testosterone (the male sex hormone), causing breast tissue to develop. 


“I have had a number of sessions, including Fat Freezing, Cavitation and TelsaFormer and I am very happy with the results. The best aspect about Body Catalyst in comparison to other clinics is the holistic approach that the team takes with helping their clients achieve their desired body goals – from recommending the right treatments to discussing about one’s diet and nutrition. Thanks team!”

Brendan L, Melbourne. 

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