Cheek fat is cute on a child, but less than cute on an adult. Unfortunately, if you have some excess weight, there’s a good chance that some of it is on your face in the form of cheek fat. This may be leftover puppy fat, or you may have picked it up later in life through a bad diet, lack of exercise, pregnancy or hormonal changes as you get older.
Cheek fat accumulates along the sides of your face, under your chin and around your neck, and this forms jowls, which are never attractive. The sad truth is that, like with any area of concentrated fat, the only way to slim it down is to slim yourself down. While there are a few things you can do to reduce the appearance of cheek fat, you should focus on following these guidelines to improve your overall health and lose weight.
Weight Loss and Cheek Fat
1) Food first
Look at what you eat, and try to adjust your diet to cut out as much snacking and fast food as possible. Any extra snacks between mealtimes, and trips to the drive-through more than once a week need to go. If you can limit yourself to three healthy meals per day, you’ll be well on your way to losing weight. Some of this will be cheek fat.
However, losing weight too quickly might leave you still struggling with cheek fat, and a lot of loose skin to boot. Starving yourself is not the way to get rid of cheek fat – try incorporating fruits and vegetables into your diet, and using them to replace existing starches and fatty foods. Have strawberries with low-fat cream or frozen yogurt for dessert instead of chocolate or rich puddings.
2) Drink a lot of water
No matter how much you drink, it’s probably not enough. You should be drinking between four and six pints of water every day, depending on whether or not you are male or female, and how much you weigh. Buy a good water bottle and carry it with you everywhere. Drinking water will help to improve your metabolism and energy levels, and will boost the effectiveness of diet and exercise in getting rid of cheek fat.
3) Start Aerobics, or some other vigorous cardiovascular activity like spinning
Getting your heart rate up and sweating for half an hour a day will do wonders to your weight loss program, and will definitely help you to get rid of cheek fat faster. The key to aerobic exercise is not intensity or duration, but consistency. Going for a mellow thirty minute walk every day is better than punishing yourself for an hour and a half every Sunday.
4) Relax, and get a massage
Regular stimulation by massage helps to improve blood flow and circulation. When combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, it will increase the rate of weight loss in the areas where you get massaged regularly. In your face’s case, a regular facial massage will mean that you get rid of cheek fat as quickly if not more so than the fat on the rest of your body.
Make sure you visit a licensed masseuse or a physiotherapist, and explain exactly what your goals are.
5) Be patient
Sometimes face fat is hard to get rid of. Some people simply have a genetic predisposition towards a chubbier face. Don’t be disheartened if you seem to be losing fat on your face slower than the rest of your body. It doesn’t mean it’s impossible, it just means that you will have to work at it a little longer. Often once you have reduced weight overall your face will start to thin out as your body starts to use up excess fat reserves.
6) Cover it Up
If you’re female you can use makeup to reduce the appearance of cheek fat by emphasizing the height and angle of your cheekbones. If you make them sharper, higher and more angled by applying shadow underneath and blusher you will make your face look a lot thinner.
7) Go Under the Knife
Cosmetic surgery might not be your cup of tea, but there are some relatively un-invasive ‘thread lift’ procedures that require minimal healing time, and are actually fairly inexpensive. They will not solve the problem completely, as you’ll still have to keep up a good diet and regular exercise if you want to completely get rid of cheek fat.
8) Get Some Exercise
Lastly, there are some good exercises you can perform that will strengthen and tone the muscles in your face. As mentioned, it’s not possible to specifically target a region of fat on the body, but toning the underlying muscles will reduce the appearance of fat, and this is true of your face as well. Try picking up a gum-chewing habit, or changing your breakfast cereal to a really stodgy muesli.