Gynecomastia, the condition that causes man boobs is characterized by too much fatty tissue in the male breasts.  In many cases, this condition is linked to an overabundance of the hormone estrogen; and may be worsened by excess weight.

In such cases when weight is only part of the problem of gynecomastia, it is generally referred to as pseudogynecomastia. In these cases, it is helpful to drop extra pounds before undergoing gynecomastia surgery. However, our Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Team cautions all patients to never undergo a severely restrictive diet or weight loss endeavor if your surgery is scheduled to take place within a month’s time.

Fotolia_37162296_Subscription_Monthly_XLWeight Loss is Not a Cure for True Gynecomastia

Although men who suffer from gynecomastia may need to diet and exercise before treatment, losing weight typically will not remedy the condition.  Even men of otherwise normal body weight can experience excess breast tissue.

The point is that people who tell you that surgical correction of gynecomastia is not necessary are sorely mistaken.  No man should have to live with this confidence-stealing condition thinking that if only he would diet or exercise more, he would look better.

We treat patients of many ages and shapes with great success.  If weight has been a part of your condition, reaching a more suitable weight helps us to see a more accurate view of your gynecomastia and therefore provide the most precise treatment possible.  Through these steps, you can reach optimal results from treatment in our gynecomastia New York surgery centers located in Long Island and NYC.

How to Get There with Dietary Changes

Before setting out to lose weight, it is important to have a plan that considers your overall health.  It is never healthy to lose weight very quickly, so do not engage in crash weight loss diets before surgery.  Doing so impacts your health and may lead to lowered ability to heal properly from your procedure.

Dietary changes for weight loss include cutting out fatty foods and processed carbohydrates as well as sugary foods.  Avoiding sodas and sweetened drinks, processed and fried foods, as well as fatty cuts of meat is also recommended.

White bread, white rice and bleached pasta should be avoided, as the excess carbohydrates in your body will be converted into fat.  Instead, opt for whole grain choices and natural foods like fruits and vegetables and meals that are easy to digest, like soups, stews and salads.

Protein for Staying Full & Building Muscle

There is always the question of protein.  Men like meat, what can we say?  For optimal weight loss, consume leaner meats like chicken and fish in lieu of red meat.  This allows you to continue getting the protein you need, and the feeling of sustenance without cravings. Eggs are also a good source of protein without the high fat content.  Making these foods a part of your regular diet, you continue encouraging muscle growth while losing weight.

Certain foods may be ideal for the patient heading in for gynecomastia treatment, such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, radishes, Brussels sprouts, mustard greens and turnip greens.  These foods are associated with an increase in testosterone, which may help to counteract excess estrogen in the body.  While the counterbalance will not be enough to eliminate existing breast tissue, the dietary change is beneficial for longevity of results.

Always consult with a medical doctor before starting any diet or exercise plan.

Stay Hydrated!

In many cases, it has been found that dehydration leads a person to feel hungry when he or she is not.  Therefore, add plenty of water to your daily meal plan. The added hydration will aid in your surgery and recovery process as well.

There is no reason to live with gynecomastia.  Contact us to visit the Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Team at our gynecomastia New York (Long Island) locations for your free consultation.