Have a double chin and want to get rid of it? While the task isn't easy, it is possible to reduce, and possibly annihilate, the appearance of a double chin. Here are some ways to better understand what's going on in your body to cause the double chin and how to get rid of it for good -- without surgery or liposuction.
There are three main causes of a double chin, which is a flap of skin that hangs from your neck behind your chin to give the appearance of a second chin. Those causes are genetics, calorie intake/expenditure, and sagging facial muscles. There's not much you can do about the first one. But for those other two, you can watch your diet and perform exercises to tighten your platysma, or jaw, muscles.
Diet and general exercise
First, watch how much you eat. If you realise you're consuming more fat daily than is recommended, consider cutting down on certain fatty foods. Losing weight might cause your double chin fat to melt away; it also might not. But it's worth a try.
Along with eating right, get some exercise. Not just chin muscle exercises, but jumping jacks, lifting weights or running, too. And keeping a good posture also helps your body to stay in shape.
Exercises that target a double chin
Here are a few workout routines that target the flab under your neck.
Open your mouth wide. Pull your bottom lip over your bottom teeth. Close and open your mouth to work your jaw muscles.
Open your mouth wide. Hold it in that position for about 10 seconds. Relax your jaw. Repeat. To make it more difficult and get a better workout, try adding some resistance under your chin, like a tennis ball.
Put a hand on your forehead. Push your head forward for 10 seconds while your hand pushes back. Repeat.
Look up. Pucker up, and pretend like you're kissing the ceiling.
Chew gum. It keeps your jaw muscles working hard, which helps keep off the excess fat that creates a double chin.
Try to practice the same exercise daily for 10 to 20 repetitions.