How to Fix a Double Chin

Fat has its way of accumulating in the most unwanted places. One of those areas is the area under the chin. Over the years, this has adequately been coined as the double chin. Unfortunately for some, there is a predisposition for this to take place and no one is exempt from the aging process. This can cause weak muscles, loose skin in the front of the neck and the development of a double chin. No matter what the situation might be, there are ways to fight it.

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Step 1

Clean up your diet. Eating is a mandatory and vital part of survival. But when you eat too much and eat the wrong kinds of food, you can gain weight and make it harder get rid of your double chin. Rid your diet of high-fat, high-calorie foods and beverages, and eat nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains. Drink water in place of soda, sweet teas, processed fruit juices and alcohol.

Step 2

Chew gum. You may not have thought that something as simple as chewing gum can help with a double chin, but it can. It works the muscles in the face and jawline, making tighter and promoting more calorie expenditure. This can help tighten the area under the chin, as well. If you want to keep the calories low, chew sugar free gum.

Step 3

Get off the couch. Being overweight or obese can increase your risk factors for chronic diseases, and it can also be the reason behind a double chin. Perform cardiovascular exercise for at least 45 minutes, three or four times a week. This can burn calories all over your entire body and reduce fat. Because there is no such thing as spot reduction, you can decrease the size of your chin along with the rest of your body. Examples of cardiovascular exercises are running, biking, swimming, elliptical training and stair climbing.

Step 4

Exercise your platysma. The platysma is a muscle in the front of the neck you can exercise to help keep your chin firmer. Lie on your bed with your head hanging off the edge. Slowly lower it down and jut your chin out. Lift your head back up and repeat. If this puts too much strain on your neck, lie sideways with a pillow under your head for support. Manually push your head back while feeling the stretch under your neck.

Step 5

Stop slumping and slouching. When you sit for long periods of time with your head down and your shoulders slumped forward, there are a number of things going on. You are developing bad posture, you are losing flexibility and most importantly, the muscles in the front of your neck are weakening. This promotes a favorable environment for a double chin. To reverse this, always sit upright and keep your chin up and forward.

Step 6

See a surgeon. If all else fails and you want fast results, get liposuction or plastic surgery. In these procedures, excess skin and fat can be surgically removed.

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