If you have ever looked in the mirror and wondered where your jawline went, or how that second chin materialized, you may be interested to learn more about face fat. This article will discuss what causes fat to accumulate around your face and how to lose face and neck fat.
What Causes Face Fat?
The leading causes of fat accumulation around the face are general weight gain and aging. When you gain weight, your body stores fat in particular areas in a specific order. The order is different for all of us. Additionally, you tend to lose weight in reverse order.
If you have been losing weight, but it seems almost impossible to lose face fat, this might be because your body stored the fat in your face first. It will, therefore, be the last place to slim down again.
Age is a factor in weight loss because, as we age, our metabolism slows, and it is generally easier to gain weight and more challenging to lose it again. This is why it is so important to pay attention to your diet and exercise as you get older.
Lastly, there are lifestyle factors involved in face fat storage. Those who drink alcohol, eat junk food, smoke, and lead a stressful life are more prone to gaining weight, including the face. An unhealthy lifestyle and a diet full of refined foods, sugar, chemicals, and unhealthy fats can also cause water retention around the face.
How to Lose Face and Neck Fat
Unfortunately, there is no way to spot-reduce fat. Just as you can’t only lose fat from your belly, you can’t only lose fat from your face. However, there are some things you can do to improve the shape and tone of your face. Here are our top three ways to lose face fat.
1: Facial Exercises
Facial exercises are thought to be one of the reasons why men’s faces tend to sag less than women’s as they age. Men exercise their facial muscles regularly when they shave. Women can adopt this strategy by creating a daily face yoga routine. Movements such as puffing out your cheeks, moving your mouth from side to side, and smiling repeatedly may help yo tighten your facial muscles and help your face look slimmer.
2: Reduce Salt Intake
Too much sodium in your diet causes your body to hold on to water to dilute the levels. This water retention can make you appear puffy and swollen, and often affects the face. Reduce salt in your diet by cooking most of your food from scratch, eating out infrequently, and monitoring sodium levels in any pre-packaged foods you consume. The maximum amount of salt for a healthy adult shouldn’t exceed 2.4g of sodium per day. That is equal to 1 teaspoon (6g) salt.
3: Increase Cardio
There is no way around it – if you want to lose fat, you need to do cardio. Aerobic exercise increases your heart rate and burns calories, which means fat loss. Try new activities to keep you motivated. Cycling, jogging, dancing, rowing, swimming, and elliptical training are all excellent cardio activities. Perform 30-40 minutes of moderate to intense cardio most days of the week, and you will soon be saying goodbye to that double chin.