I'm wondering if there is something up with my hormones, because I went on birth control at 17 (still on it) and my breasts got bigger immediately, but over the past few years they've kind of gone back down to their original size. I'm fine with that, but I don't want them getting totally flat.
Anyway I am starting paleo and I hear that it's possible for your breasts to be the area that puts on weight first/loses last. Any tips? I'm not expecting a miracle, as long as my size is stabilized I'm fine. Did anyone hear notice the breasts disproportionately getting SMALLER after paleo? (like the body stays the same, the boobs get way smaller)
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Anything that undercuts your Estrogen to progesterone ratio can have effects on breast size.
Here is a passage from one of my blogs called Brain Gut 9 that illustrates how this happens and how the brain and gut are wired together to allow your boobs to change:
How might the brain account for these things? Well, the brain looks at micronutrients coming in through the gut and translates these chemical signals into neurotransmitters that the brain circuits can understand and decipher. For example, when we eat a diet high in fructose (found at the equator) the gut and body respond in kind by causing an increase in absorption of iron, while causing a relative copper deficiency in cells. A copper deficiency is handled differently in both sexes. Women need more copper than men do. The reason is simple. Copper is required for the production of the enzymes which convert progesterone into estrogen. However, in men, more zinc is required to form the enzymatic machinery needed to convert progesterone into testosterone.
When we eat a diet high in fructose, this will also lower zinc levels in cells. This lowers testosterone in men. Higher fructose levels also cause a transient magnesium deficiency in all cells in both sexes when this occurs chronically. Acutely, it changes it at the intestinal brush border. I mentioned here in this blog that is precisely how diabetes actually begins. This lowers the magnesium available to make ATP(energy) if it goes on too long. This is why magnesium deficiency is so common in people who eat carbohydrates in a mismatched environment (T2D). This is also why most diabetics suffer from low magnesium stores and over time this will destroy their sleep and cause peripheral neuropathy too
When you know better you do better.
When I eat an avocado a day, my breast size increases by 1-2 full cup sizes. (Given, I'm a 32 band size, so cup size increase would probably be smaller for a larger band size.) This works for many women, but not all.
That being said, avocados are the only thing that work for me. Increasing fatty meat consumption, coconut oil, olive oil, bacon (don't judge me, it's its own food group) didn't increase my bust at all.
This is my own bias speaking, but have you tried the bench press? Adding to the underlying muscle is sure to "pump" things up for you.
It depends on how much of your breasts tissue is fat and how much is mammary glands, and also on how much oestrogens your ovaries are pumping.
My mammary glands are 'overdeveloped' (not in a grossly abnormal way, but they do look like those of a woman who has given birth and breastfed) so no matter how skinny I am (e.g. BMI of 17) they never go below a cup B. I was really skinny as a child/teenager, and this didn't prevent me from getting cup A breasts when I was 10, cup B when I was 13 and cup C when I was 15. It might be because my ovaries were pumping oestrogens extremely enthusiastically. When I was 'overweight' (BMI of 21-22, too much for me as I just don't pack on muscle) for a couple of years in my 30's, my breasts ballooned to a cup D and were really uncomfortable, both during the day and when trying to sleep at night! I had issues with chafing, contact dermatitis with the new 'super size' bras I had bought, and at one point I was worrying about fungal infections under the breasts. On top of it, they developed 'lumps' and I had a big cancer scare!
I am 56 kilos now, my breasts went down to a cup C as I was going from 64 to 60 kilos, and they have remained the same size ever since. Most of the weight loss occurred in my 'stomach'/but/thighs area. According to some people, you put on weight 1) around your but/thighs/stomach; 2) on your breasts/arms; 3) on your neck/face and you lose weight in the opposite order (i.e. 3, 2, 1). I never had any fat deposits on my arms, but if that is the case for you, maybe your breasts will 'shrink' as well.
Even if you have a small bust, upper body exercising and swimming (backstroke) can make your breasts look perkier, and having a good posture is a huge help!
After going with paleo diet for increase of breast size, go with some exercises. Like Do dumbbell chest presses, Do isometric chest contractions, Ingest more estrogen
Getting endometriosis definitely increased my breast size a lot! I wouldn't recommend it though, my mobility has been greatly affected. Increased breast size can come with estrogen dominance, which can come with a lot of other messes.
I'm losing weight and the boobs were the first thing to shrink!
Are you strict paleo or primal (that is, dairy-friendly)? If the latter, consider using full-fat cream and cheese. Otherwise, not sure. My breast size took a few steps down on strict paleo, but my chest sure as hell isn't flat, and I'm not worried that it soon will be.