Aside from being beautiful, a fuller face is a nice asset when it comes to aging gracefully. Slim faces tend to make people look older, while apple cheeks are associated with youthfulness.
But when that fuller face is the result of genetics or extra weight all over, it can be annoying — there’s no shapewear for chubby cheeks.
Certain tricks, like a great camera angle and contouring (#MakeupMagic), can be quick fixes. But if you want a more permanently sculpted mug, some lifestyle adjustments can help.
Get those eight glasses per day! A 2008 study found a strong correlation between drinking more water and shedding pounds. Reach for a glass of water before reaching for a snack, since we often confuse thirst for hunger.
Participants in another 2008 study responded “inappropriately” to their thirst or hunger cues 62 percent of the time. Some of those responses involved eating when they actually needed hydration, which led to unnecessary calorie consumption.
Cardiovascular exercise is a great way to lose weight in your face and everywhere else. Cardio gets your heart rate up, gets you breathing heavier than normal, and usually triggers some sweat.
The intensity of cardio exercise can be low, moderate, or high. The higher the intensity and the longer you exercise, the more calories you burn.
Alcohol is an inflammatory substance, and when mixed with sugary ingredients and carbonation, it can cause bloating, gas, fluid retention, and inflammation. All this can lead to a swollen face. Plus, the calories from alcohol can add up quickly.
Alcohol also causes dehydration, which means your body will try to hold on to fluid. This leads to puffiness — especially in your face.
Staying up into the wee hours of the morning makes you more likely to engage in nighttime eating. A 2017 study found a correlation between after-dinner snacking and weight gain.
Nighttime snacking not only increases your intake but also confuses your body’s circadian rhythms. This is linked to weight gain even when extra calories aren’t being consumed.
Consuming too much sodium leads to fluid retention, which causes swelling and puffiness in your face and other areas. Reducing your sodium intake can slim down the appearance of your face.