gyno info

GYNECOMASTIA  

Gynecomastia is often shortened to “gyno” and has ties with skinny-fat syndrome even though it’s not (a) exclusive to skinny-fat syndrome, or (b) indicative of skinny-fat syndrome.

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Gyno is the genetic incarnation of “moobs” and is a swelling of the breast tissue, which isn’t to be confused with “puffy nipples.”

Gyno is a glandular tissue disorder, which means it’s unaffected by fat loss. If your glands shrunk when you lost fat, well, let’s just say your testicles are a gland.

Puffy nipples, on the other hand, are the result of having (unfortunate) body fat deposits behind the nipple. And body fat deposits DO respond to fat loss.

Lots of guys THINK they have gyno. But they just have fat deposits behind the nipple.

I used to think I had gyno.

A good way to distinguish between the two (assuming you have a lowish body fat): does your chest look “normal” when you’re cold?

When the nipples harden (put some Biofreeze on ’em), does your chest shape up? If so, you probably just have puffy nipples.

But if you ARE concerned, then you should see a doctor. True gyno can only be removed with surgery.

For those with puffy nipples, a steady diet of upper chest focused training (and AVOIDING lower chest training) can help bunches.

You might be wondering if there’s a way to lose fat around the nipple area first, which brings us to spot reducing fat loss and more of ‘dat ‘dere “body shaping” bidness that we’re not ready for yet.


Unless you’ve been diagnosed with a medical condition (by a doctor), you need to throw your genetic self-identification shenanigans out the window.

It’s a crutch.

A curse.

You’re going to permanently hold yourself back.

As Seth Godin once said, “We believe what we want to believe, and once we believe something, it becomes a self-fulfilling truth.”

Now…

I’m going to assume you have neither Klinfelter, nor gynecomastia. But, quite frankly, even if you DO have one of these, nothing changes.

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