8 Methods to Reduce Chest Fat

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8 Methods to Reduce Chest Fat - Thomas DeLauer



Gynecomastia is common, being present in 30% to 50% of healthy men, with at least 30% of males will be affected during their life.

Gynecomastia vs Pseudogynecomastia

If male breast enlargement is believed to be caused by glandular proliferation, it is defined as gynecomastia. If it is caused by increased fat deposition, it is defined as pseudogynecomastia

In other words, gynecomastia is the enlargement/proliferation of the glandular tissue of the male breast, and pseudogynecomastia refers to the presence of fat deposits in the breast area of obese men

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15242307/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3987263/

Estrogens & Androgens

The major cause of gynecomastia is thought to be an altered imbalance between estrogen and androgen effects due to absolute increase in estrogen production, relative decrease in androgen production or a combination of both

Estrogen Modulation

Chest fat tells us there’s a chemical imbalance between estrogen and testosterone in the body

The aromatization of testosterone is the process that converts testosterone into estrogen - so instead of creating lean muscle mass and developing mature reproductive organs, testosterone gives up the fight to convert to estrogen instead

Simply put, they are a blatant sign that female hormones are running rampant in the bloodstream and have hijacked the endocrine system

Foods

Cruciferous Veggies/DIM

DIM is a naturally occurring byproduct of indole-3-carbinol (IC3), and IC3 itself is a byproduct of glucosinolate glucobrassicin, which is a compound found in all cruciferous vegetables, such as: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, and kale

In particular, IC3 helps the liver to metabolize estrogen more efficiently via upregulating the CYP1A2 enzyme (CYP1A2 is an enzyme that helps to break down toxins in our bodies)

It also simultaneously converts strong estrogen molecules into less potent ones (via downregulation of the CYPB1B enzyme and upregulation of CYP1A2 enzyme) - results in reduced estrogen levels and a more favorable estradiol/estrone ratio

Fiber

In women, high-fiber diets cause a decrease of β-glucuronidase activity in that leads to decreased reabsorption of estrogen in the colon

*estrogens excreted in the bile can be deconjugated by bacterial species with ß-glucuronidase activity in the gut, leading to their reabsorption into the circulation*

In addition, fiber binds to estrogen in the intestine, increasing its fecal excretion

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2744625/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17640158

Foods to Reduce SHBG

SHBG is a glycoprotein produced by the liver to regulate steroid hormones that binds tightly hormones found in both men (i.e. testosterone) and women

It works by binding into the active free-testosterone molecules, rendering them inactive and unable to bind the androgen receptor sites in the body - in layman terms, it reduces the activity of bodily androgens

Naturally lowering SHBG levels results in increased free-testosterone levels and increased androgen activity towards receptors

Magnesium

Magnesium binds SHBG in a nonspecific mode, leading to an uncompetitive inhibition with T in binding SHBG and to a subsequent enhancement of Bio-T availability.

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ije/2014/525249/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20352370

Boron

study, following just one week of Boron supplementation (10mg daily), male subjects reported an average increase in free testosterone levels of 28.3%

http://phypha.ir/ppj/article-1-724-en.pdf

Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency is also associated with higher SHBG levels

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20050857

Liver

The liver is where your hormones are metabolized, having a poorly functioning liver can also convert androgens into estrogens

One of the most important functions of the liver is to break down and remove excess hormones from your body - one hormone in particular is estrogen

If liver function is impaired then estrogen can become excessive - can be explained by two of the liver’s detoxification processes, which filters hormones and toxins in the bloodstream

Spirulina & Glutathione

Spirulina contains sulphur-bearing amino acids such as cysteine and methionine which help the liver detoxify poisons such as carbon tetrachloride in the phase II detoxification pathway

Methionine is an essential amino acid and together with cysteine, is one of only two sulphur-containing amino acids.

Together, they help create the sulphur-containing compound, glutathione, in the liver
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