On the face of it, it might seem unlikely that you could target fat loss as a means to get rid of man boobs.
Right off the bat, many of us are conditioned to believe that targeted fat loss doesn’t exist. Often we’re told that attempts to burn fat from specific areas are misguided and that the only way to lose fat is to burn more calories than we consume.
And for most parts, this is true. Doing lots of sit-ups will not help you to burn more fat from your stomach for instance. Rather, fat is burned as fuel from around the body in a predetermined, genetically programmed order that can’t be changed.
On top of all this, we also know that ‘man boobs’ are actually caused by breast tissue rather than fat tissue – and they’re caused by hormone imbalances instead of overeating.
So you should just give up on the idea of burning away those man boobs first. Right? Wrong…
Why Spot Reduction Might be Effective for Man Boobs
As it happens though, it might just be possible to burn tissue from your man boobs specifically. Let’s look at how and why…
For starters, there is a little bit of evidence now that it does back ‘spot reduction’ under certain circumstances. It’s minimal but new research does suggest that we are slightly more likely to burn fat from regions near the body parts we’re using. So how would you apply this to burning fat from your man boobs? One option would be to use press-ups performed rapidly and explosively to burn more fat from the chest area specifically. At the very least, this would likely have the result of helping you to tone your pec muscles underneath the fat tissue which would help to make your chest flatter, firmer and less breast-like.
Better yet, though, it might be that any form of weight loss would target the breasts first. Why? Because the genetic order in which you lose fat is set and is the reverse order that you gain weight. Just like a good employee policy then, the golden rule here is ‘last in, first out’. So when you work out, the area that you have most recently gained weight will be the area where you most quickly lose it. So if you start working out in response to the development of man boobs, chances are that they will be the first thing to go!
Better yet is that you can encourage this by using special supplements. Some products are designed specifically to treat gynecomastia and they work by altering the hormone balance to stop the formation of male breasts. This will then leave those breasts open to being broken down for energy – which will mean the body doesn’t need to look elsewhere for tissue to burn in the meantime. In this case, such a supplement tells the body that your breasts aren’t needed and exercise accelerates the process of getting rid of them.
Combine the right training program with supplements and you should find that you can burn fat from your breast area first.