Summer’s here, and there is no more hiding that double chin under a polo neck or scarf. What you need are some great tips that can help slim your jawline.

The extra layer of fatty tissue under the chin is most often caused by excess weight, or when skin loses its elasticity, which occurs with age. Including cardio exercises and weight training in your workout regimen and improving your seated posture by keeping your head up, neck erect and body straight can help reduce fat. But more specifically, here are four ways to lose that double chin:

Chin workout

Certain exercises can help stretch and tone your face, neck and jaw muscles. These exercises can be done seated or standing, but ensure your spine remains erect.

  • Slowly tilt your head back until you are looking at the ceiling. Pucker up your lips in a pout. Hold for five counts and then release. Repeat 5 to 10 times daily, for a few weeks.
  • Gently turn your head clockwise and then anti-clockwise. Five to 10 repetitions of this exercise, three times a day, will show results across several weeks.

Water rich diet

Adequate fluid intake can help reduce water retention, which is what makes your face look puffy. Apart from avoiding fatty foods and restricting your calorie intake, drink plenty of water and eat more foods with high water content like melon, cucumbers, lettuce and celery. At the same time, reduce consumption of coffee, alcohol, tea and carbonated drinks.

Chew gum

This activity keeps your facial muscles toned and gives the muscles in your jawline a workout. But since you have to do it several times a day, make sure you chew sugarless gum.

Massage

Using cocoa butter or wheat germ oil is a good way to improve the elasticity of your skin. Wheat germ oil has the goodness of vitamin E oil that also nourishes the skin.

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Written by Roshini Gilbert

Roshini Gilbert

After a diligent workout plan helped her lose 30kg of post-pregnancy weight, chartered accountant Roshini Gilbert was inspired enough to go from tallying numbers to training others. A freelance personal trainer today, Roshini has been certified by the American Council on Exercises (ACE) for functional fitness and specialises in post-natal weight loss, exercises for low back pain, arthritis and osteoporosis. She also has REHAB Trainer certification from Australia for rehabilitative exercises and has trained with reputed sports physiotherapist Ulrik Larsen in corrective exercises and injury management. In HealthifyMe, Roshini has found a collaborator with a common cause – making people fit to live life to the fullest. Her assessment of how fit you are is based on three broad guidelines — stamina, body age (a person who looks way older than his age can’t be deemed healthy) and lifestyle (beware, those with bad eating habits and sedentary behaviour). Prepare yourself mentally first and then your body will follow, she says, of the opinion that if you want to change something about yourself then you need to challenge yourself to do it. Are you up for it?

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