According to Annelise Hagen, author of "The Yoga Face," a slimmer face and cheek area is the goal of many people in today's society. Slim cheeks create a healthy and youthful appearance. It is not necessary to spend thousands of dollars on risky facial plastic surgery to obtain this look. With simple diet and exercise you can slim down your cheeks from home without spending a dime.
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Calculate how many calories your body needs to consume each day to maintain proper function. This is called your BMR, or Basal Metabolic Rate. According to Patricia Goroway, author of "Facial Fitness," proper diet is mandatory to slim down your cheeks. As your body loses weight, your facial area will lose weight as well.
Use the following equation to determine your BMR:
Women: 655 + (4.35 x weight in pounds) + (4.7 x height in inches) - (4.7 x age in years) = BMR
Men: 66 + (6.23 x weight in pounds) + (12.7 x height in inches) - (6.8 x age in year) = BMR
Perform a primary cheek exercise for 60 seconds a day, every day. A primary cheek exercise will strengthen the muscles of your cheeks and slim down your face, says Reinhold Benz, author of "Five-Minute Face-lift." To perform a primary cheek exercise, suck in your cheeks as far as you can. Now, try to touch your nose with your tongue while keeping your cheeks sucked in. Hold this position for five seconds before releasing and repeating. Repeat this exercise for 60 seconds a day to slim down your cheek area.
Perform a daily chin and neck exercise, as these exercises subtly use the muscles in your cheeks. These movements will help burn fat from your cheeks and your neck line. Burning fat from your neck line tightens the skin on your face, resulting in slimmer cheeks, according to Annelise Hagen, author of "The Yoga Face." To perform a chin and neck exercise, lay down on a bed, flat on your back with arms and legs relaxed. Flex your neck and bring your chin to your chest and hold for 30 seconds before releasing and resting for 15 seconds. Repeat once more after the 15 second rest period to conclude the chin and neck exercise. Do this daily to slim your cheek area.
Tips and warnings
- Consult with your doctor before beginning any new diet and exercise program.
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- "The Yoga Face: Eliminate Wrinkles with the Ultimate Natural Facelift"; Annelise Hagen; 2007
- "Facial Fitness: Daily Exercise & Massage Techniques for a Healthier, Younger Looking You"; Patricia Goroway; 2006
- "Five-Minute Face-lift: A Daily Program for a Beautiful, Wrinkle-Free Face"; Reinhold Benz; 2008