You’ve done your homework and Googled, “How do you build up your pecs?”; read Men’s Health, watched chest training videos and, kept a full routine of bench presses, push-ups, weighted dips and dumbbell presses religiously.
Yet, after months of effort, you’re still unsatisfied with the results.
Perhaps the reason why you still don’t have Chris Hemsworth – worthy pecs isn’t due to what you’re doing or eating wrong, but because you’re suffering a medical disorder. But what exactly might you have? The challenge comes in diagnosing your condition accurately though.
Meet the twin nemesis of your efforts: gynecomastia and pseudogynecomastia. In the case of gynecomastia, it is characterised by excessive growth of breast tissue which may lead to feminisation of the male breast, and it cannot be eradicated through diet and exercise alone. The exact cause of gynecomastia is not entirely clear, though it could be due to the actions of circulating hormones on specific cells in the breast area. Genetic factors, certain usage of medications and even ageing can lead to gynecomastia while its pseudo counterpart happens as a result of built up fat. To make things more confusing, how a guy’s chest will look in both cases is more or less the same!
Gynecomastia Or Pseudogynecomastia: How Do You Tell The Difference?
First things first – you’ll be better off consulting a doctor who is experienced in gynecomastia surgery.
How much of it is breast tissue and fat – whether you have gynecomastia or pseudogynecomastia?
The difference? In the case of the former, you’ll feel a firm concentration of tissue around the nipple area in the form of a disk, with or without pain when it’s touch or squeezed. The effective treatment to deal with gynecomastia is surgical removal of the overly developed glandular and fat tissue. With pseudogynecomastia, no such ring is formed as fat tissue on palpation is somewhat loose and not firm. Pseudogynecomastia, to a certain extent, can be rectified with regular exercise and healthier diet.
Why suffer from frustration by poor post-workout results, and personal pain and embarrassment caused by gynecomastia? Get professional help, and you’ll be ready to whip your shirt off at the beach action-hero style!