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Aerobic exercises can help you lose fat on your face.
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Although a high-calorie diet and a sedentary lifestyle can lead to fat deposits around your waist and beneath your upper arms, fat can also appear around your face. And while excess fat carries a number of health risks, having a chubby face can make you self-conscious about your appearance. Through exercise and a healthy diet, however, you can burn the fat throughout your body, including on your face.
While you can't exercise to spot reduce fat in the face, losing weight overall will cause your face to be slimmer.
Bust the Myth of Spot Reduction
Don't be tempted to burn the fat on your face by vigorously chewing gym, raising and lowering your eyebrows or moving your jaw. Although it's tempting to believe that working a specific muscle burns the fat in that area, this concept is called spot reduction and it's a common fitness myth. The American Council on Exercise notes exercise will help you burn fat, but the fat loss you experience will be throughout your entire body.
Burn Fat Everywhere, Including Your Face
A simple way to approach the process of burning fat is to routinely burn more calories than you consume to put your body in a calorie deficit. Creating a calorie deficit requires regular exercise and attention to your diet. If you carry a significant amount of fat throughout your body, it might take a period of several weeks before you begin to notice the fat disappearing from your face. MayoClinic.com recommends setting a realistic fat-loss goal and notes aiming to lose up to 2 pounds per week is sensible. If you have trouble losing weight, reduce your calorie intake by 500 calories, notes Bodybuilding.com.
Add Aerobic Exercises
Your body consistently burns calories throughout the day, but during aerobic exercise, the rate at which you burn calories increases dramatically. As such, aerobic exercise is an effective way to create a calorie deficit. The exercise regimen you adopt depends on your interests and lifestyle; if you enjoy working out in a group, try a step aerobics class at the gym. If you prefer a more solitary calorie burn, take up jogging. Harvard Medical School notes a 185-pound person will burn 444 calories in 30 minutes of high-impact step aerobics and 400 calories in 30 minutes of jogging at 5.2 mph.
Tone with Face Exercises
While face exercises won't burn calories quickly enough to burn a noticeable amount of fat, exercising the muscles in your face can strengthen your facial muscles. The website reports facial yoga is a growing exercise fad that people can use to reduce the signs of aging. Exercises include puffing out your cheeks and pushing the air from one side to the other for 30 seconds and making repeated kissing motions with your lips.