8 Effective Exercises to Slim Down Your Face
How to Lose Weight from Your Cheeks
Are you tired of having chubby cheeks? The only way to lose weight from your cheeks is to lose weight overall. Exercise and a healthy diet will help. While you cannot spot reduce weight from around your face, some facial exercises may help tone muscles around your face.
Adjust Your Diet
Drink lots of water.You may be suffering from chubby cheeks because your body is retaining too much water because you're not drinking enough of it. When your body worries that you're not drinking enough water, it stores excess water in your cheeks and eyes, making your face look puffy. Drinking at least nine 8-ounce glasses of water a day will keep your body from being dehydrated and will make your cheeks look less chubby.
Personal Trainer Michele Dolan reminds us:"If your cheeks are chubby because you have extra body fat, you will have to reduce your calorie intake and exercise to lose the fat. You cannot spot reduce fat. Fat comes off from all over the body at once so be patient to see results."
Take it easy on the salt and sugar.If you include too much salt and refined sugar in your diet, then your body is more likely to retain water. Just like not drinking enough water, this will keep your face and cheeks looking puffy from all of that retained water. Though you can't give up on salt and sugar completely, try cutting salty or sugary foods out of your diet and eating foods that are low in salt or sugar.
- Instead of salty meats, go for lean meats.
- If you're craving sweets, enjoy the natural sweetness of ripe fruit instead of the sugar in a cookie or cupcake.
Avoid alcohol.Avoiding alcohol can have a number of health benefits in addition to helping you lose weight from your cheeks, such as raising your energy levels and lowering soreness and helping avoid headaches. Drinking alcohol can make you dehydrated, which can lead to water retention and facial puffiness. It can also make you gain weight all over your body, which will make you gain weight in your cheeks.
- Drinking alcohol makes you take in many empty, sugar-filled calories. Replace the alcoholic beverages you drink with natural fruit smoothies or herbal teas.
Eat more fruits and vegetables.Not only will adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet help you maintain more healthy eating habits, but it will also help you lose weight from your cheeks. Fruits and vegetables are full of water, which means that they will help you hydrate and will keep you from retaining water in your cheeks. They're also high in fiber, so they will make you feel full and less likely to crave unhealthy snacks.
Eat more calcium-rich foods.Consuming more calcium from dairy sources such as milk or yogurt can actually help you lose weight. Eating more calcium can also help you retain less water in your face, so you won't have those puffy cheeks. Instead of eating a carb-heavy meal like buttery pasta or pizza, reach for a low-fat cottage cheese .
Do Facial Exercises
Chew gum.The repetitive chewing motion will help strengthen your jaw. The best part is, you won't even feel like you're doing an exercise. You can set a goal of chewing gum for just a few minutes after every meal.
- Just make sure not to chew gum so much that it starts hurting your jaw.
Do the "X-O" exercise.Profoundly pronounce "X-O" at least fifteen times. Take a break and repeat the exercise three times. This is an easy maneuver that will help you move your jaw in two different ways, which will strengthen your jaw. You can do this exercise any time -- even when you're at your desk at work.
Do the jaw opener.Open your mouth round and wide and hold this pose for a few seconds. Then, relax your jaw and repeat this motion nine more times, for a series of ten repetitions. You can repeat this move three times a day. If you do too many of these exercises at once, your jaw may get sore.
Do the cheek lift.Lift up your cheeks toward your eyes as high as you can. Use the corners of your mouth to help lift your cheeks. You should feel like you're trying to form a strained, awkward smile. You can even shut your eyes tightly to help lift your cheeks.
- Hold each cheek lift for ten seconds and repeat this exercise several times.
Make "fish lips." Draw in your cheeks until you're making fish lips by puckering out your top and bottom lip. Hold this position as you try to smile. Hold the smile for ten seconds and repeat the position for ten counts.
Make puffy cheeks.Close your mouth and fill your cheeks and mouth with air. Then, move the air from one cheek to the other as slowly as you can. Move the air from one cheek to the other at least ten times, and take the time to fill your cheeks with air again if necessary. Repeat this exercise three times daily.
Make puffy cheeks with pursed lips.To do this exercise, just purse your lips and suck in your cheeks. Hold this pose for a few seconds and then puff out your cheeks as far as they will go. Hold the puffy cheeks for a few seconds and then puff them back in. Repeat this exercise ten times per series and three times daily.
Smile.Smiling also exercises your facial muscles, and it may draw attention away from your cheeks. You can just smile on your own, holding each smile for ten seconds and repeating this action ten times, or you can make a goal of smiling more in your daily life. It can help you feel more positive and confident throughout the day.
Massage your cheeks after exercising.After completing a series of facial exercises, gently rub your fingers over your cheeks and jaw in a circular motion. This will help relieve tension and soreness after exercising.
Losing Excess Weight
Exercise and eat right.The only way to lose weight from your cheeks is to lose weight overall. If you slim down, you will slim down on your face too. Many people start to see facial weight loss after trimming down just a few pounds. If you commit to losing weight, you have to improve your diet and consider starting a new exercise routine.
- Work on eating three healthy and balanced meals every day. Eat several servings of fruits and vegetables each day, as well as healthy carbs and proteins.
- Develop a healthy exercise routine. Working out for just thirty minutes a day can have a dramatic impact on your mental and physical state.
- For serious results, you can cut 250 calories out of your dietandburn 250 calories a day. If you do this, you will lose one pound a week.
Do strength training.Go to the gym and use machine weights, dumbbells, or even your own body weight to keep up your body's lean muscle tissue. Doing strength training will help you preserve muscle all over your body, including your face. And the more muscle you have, the more easily you'll burn fat.
Talk to your doctor about your prescription medications.Some medications can cause you to retain more water. If you're serious about losing weight from your cheeks, talk to your doctor about switching to a prescription that won't make your face puffy. Just make sure that you're not sacrificing any necessary medications for your looks.
QuestionWhat is the cause of face fat?
Personal TrainerPersonal TrainerExpert AnswerFace fat can be a result of overall excess fat or it may be your genetics, but it is most likely both.Thanks!
QuestionIs chewing gum good exercise for your face?
Personal TrainerPersonal TrainerExpert AnswerChewing gum works the jaw muscles and can help relieve stress. If you try this, be sure to chew on both sides.Thanks!
QuestionWhat is the best way to lose belly fat?
Personal TrainerPersonal TrainerExpert AnswerReducing calorie intake is the best way to lose belly fat, especially when coupled with exercise.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I lose cheek fat?
Personal TrainerPersonal TrainerExpert AnswerLosing fat overall is the only way to lose fat from any body part. Reduce calorie intake, and increase calorie burn through exercise.Thanks!
QuestionCan I skip any of these exercises and still lose weight?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can skip some, but you would still have to do at least one a day. Start by using the X-O technique, since you can do it anywhere and the results really show if you do it daily.Thanks!
QuestionI'm 12 and I don't have chubby cheeks, but I have noticed a loss in my sharp cheekbones. Is it the salt?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt's puberty. Your body is changing in all kinds of ways and will continue to do so for several years. This often leads to a little weight gain and softening of the features like you're describing, especially in girls.Thanks!
QuestionDoes it matter what kind of gum I chew?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerChoose sugar-free.Thanks!
QuestionHow quickly does this method work?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt depends on your body type and how much effort you put into this. Most people start seeing results in 2 to 3 weeks, however.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I reduce chubby cheeks even if I'm not fat?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerOften, when you under eat or you are not getting enough calories, your face will retain water and fat. You have to eat 1000-1500 calories a day while using exercise to supplement the weight loss, like jogging or walking 2 miles would burn about 200-500 calories, but dancing for 30 minutes to an hour would burn even more.Thanks!
QuestionWhen will I see results?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf you want, you can take a picture of your face and then start trying to lose weight from your face. Two weeks after, take a new picture of face. Then compare the two to see whether you can see the difference between them. This will show you how much you face has slimmed already and gives you a tailored indicator of your rate of weight of cheek loss.Thanks!
How many times I must do it in a day for every exercise? Is it okay to do it after or before eating and before or after work out?
Can this kind of workout help get rid of extra skin under my chin?
What can I do if my face is lopsided?
How do I lose weight from my cheeks if I am already eating healthy and I exercise regularly?
Are there lotions or oils that I can use to make my face thinner?
- For a temporary solution, you can apply blush to your cheeks to make them look thinner.
- If you have fuller cheeks, you may have fewer wrinkles as you get older.
- Other than losing weight, cosmetic surgery may be the only way to change the appearance of your cheeks.
- Sometimes when you chew too much chewing-gum your gums start hurting. In that case, you must absolutely stop. Or else, after it will really hurt a lot and you may have to pay a visit to the dentist. This points to a TMJ problem which you should rule out first.
- Usually prominent cheekbones are a genetic trait so if you are at a healthy weight, don't lose too much weight because it's not worth being unhealthy for prominent cheekbones.
- Don't consume too many calories or carbs.
- While you need to figure out what your Base Metabolic Rate, BMI for your height, weight, and age you should always always always supplement a calorie deficit for exorcise when you can. There is no specific way to target weight loss in one area of the body as the body draws on the fat to burn when there is a caloric deficit but this will not happen over night; it will take several weeks to months (not eating is not the way to go as this will only cause fluid retention and that will affect your face and you'll take on a puffy yet gaunt appearance meaning you'll still have the problem).
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