The face might be considered as our presentation to the world, and it also makes a great impact on how people perceive us. Since beauty is in the eye of the beholder, we will not discuss it – our topic for today is how fat can be amassed in the facial region. More than looks, it would be much wiser to trim this fat due to the health reasons. Here are our tips on how to shine again, and look great in the mirror reflection.
The present world of fitness and a healthy lifestyle revolves around the fact that people intake sugar way too much. Yet this is only the tip of the iceberg. When ingested, sugar makes the body retain water and is then stored as fat, which ultimately finds its way to the face.
This stands for disaccharide, a group of complex saccharides which are commonly used in meals. The problem is, this sugar requires a lot of “effort” to be broken into simple saccharides and absorbed. Simple sugars like fructose are absorbed into cells almost instantly, without “sticking around.” This is why fruits that contain this type of sugar typically do not add fat.
Same thing goes with salt. Junk and fast foods overflow with salt and sugar along with other artificial add-ons. These should be one of the first things eliminated from the diet in order to start losing fat. Intake of fibers is of utmost importance because these ingredients will improve metabolism and make the body dispose of toxins faster.
Soda and soft drinks are also filled with sugar, and if you are used to drinking them, unfortunately, it must stop. I suggest you drink more tea and juice instead, such as green tea, watermelon juice or cabbage juice.
Fresh fruits and vegetables, and meals rich in healthy fat and proteins such as fish, must make the foundation and majority of your nutrition. Vitamins and minerals come as the next step in this process – you should focus on consuming food that is rich in both, and consider vitamin and mineral supplements.
• Food Intolerance
Although this seems like the expansion of the upper chapter, it must be addressed separately. Several years back, people were less considerate in what they were eating and caring little about the quality of the food. But this trend has changed a lot recently.
Due to the heightened sense about food ingredients, people can notify if they are gluten-sensitive for example. Even if this seems a bit farfetched, it is linked with intolerance to some food ingredients, in this case, gluten. It comes down to allergy, which makes your face look rounder, with a double chin and puffy cheeks developing, and sometimes even bags under the eyes.
To avert this state, it is necessary to visit the doctor first, and he can give you the best advice on what to do next. Also, do not panic if it turns out that you are lactose or gluten sensitive, there are so many variables on what you can do that you will barely have to change your habits and daily routine.
Drinking a lot of water has been proven very useful and beneficial for overall health conditions, according to several serious case studies. But, if an organism lacks this precious liquid, it will turn on the self-defense mechanism and try to retain it. This will cause your face to look swollen, as water will be deposited here as well. In order to be properly hydrated, there are several things you need to look after.
An overall sense of thirst is usually the first sign you need to drink and do your best not to neglect this urge. Also, if you notice you are thirstier more often, perhaps you should check your blood sugar level because a dry mouth is often a sign of developing diabetes.
However, people sometimes tend to get so occupied by their daily routine they simply forget to drink water. The color of urine is another good indicator to rely on. The darker shade of yellow urine is, the more critical need for water is. Daily need for water depends on age, weight and what have you eaten that day, but in general, around two liters per day is sufficient. Keep in mind the optimal amount of water increases during hot summer months and especially during body stress, such as exercising.
Some people tend to forget that not all drinks contain the same water. Tea might be considered as water, but energy drinks, for example, cannot. Also, some drinks will make you even thirstier, and this goes for all sugar-based soft drinks, so avoid them at all costs.
As for water quality, you do not really need to splash the cash (pun intended) for the most expensive brand. The usual, regular water will do the trick. Tap water is a fairly good choice if it passes the usual health standards and is safe for drinking, such as opting for fluoride free.
There are a lot of people who think that working out will not help their face lose fat because you are not training your face, right? Unfortunately, wrong. Working out will actually help you lose fat overall, not just in affected areas.
Luckily, you do not need to hit the gym every single day but take a light jog for thirty minutes every other day, and you will see the benefits soon enough. Physical activity will make your muscles move, burning energy and fat, and making the body appear slimmer.
Another misconception is people think only about their weight, but it is actually volume which is important. One kilogram of muscle takes a lot more volume than one kilogram of fat, so it is possible to gain weight while looking slimmer.
Ultimately, your body will get used to spending its reserves in the form of fat, leading it to spend this fat from the face. As for the choice of exercise, do whatever makes you feel good. In general, light cardio on Mondays and Thursdays paired with strength programs on Tuesdays and Fridays will do wonders.
It is also important to stress the significance of previously mentioned chapters because you cannot exercise and eat junk food hoping that it will “burn.” Healthy meals and a lot of water are of the same importance as exercising.
• Facial Exercises
This is where you can put an accent on exercising the face exclusively. The main advantage of this approach is that you do not need to get out of the house, just sit back and enjoy.
Facial exercises are basically variations of simple strokes and movements of the jaw. This works in a similar manner as an ordinary bodily exercise. The muscles are activated, they burn fat, and your face gets in better shape. In general, no more than ten to fifteen minutes daily is required for the basic program.
Of course, this does not mean that you cannot be creative. Some people believe that putting a hot towel on your face will help you lose the fat, and it is a decent try. Basically, the high temperature will make your face sweat and get rid of toxins faster. Because of this, you can include this procedure into your weekly “beauty routine”, to supplement your healthy lifestyle and face-fat melting. Also, if you had a birthday party recently, try to inflate several balloons per day. This will give you the similar “facial workout” as other mentioned exercises. Chewing is one of the things we do on a daily basis, and we also tend to forget that this is another kind of exercise. You can take non-sugar based chewing gum for about half an hour every day, to boost up the results.
Although it may seem that surgery is the easiest way to improve looks, it comes with a heavy price. Because the face is rich with nerve endings, it is quite sensitive, and any intervention is destined to have prolonged periods of painful recovery.
Also, as the name suggests, liposuction is literally “sucking out” the extra fat, meaning that incisions will be made, and those might take a while to heal. The aspect of price is also something to take into consideration because this undergoing is not among the cheapest. The results also may vary, and it might happen that after a few months more procedures are required.
On the other hand, medicine and technology have made significant leaps in the past decade, so there are other, less invasive methods of plastic surgery, such as radiofrequency-assisted liposuction (RFAL), which has shown to have great results, with far less pain and a shorter recovery period.
In any case, if you are considering this, a proper expert is required, and it is a must to talk with your doctor to hear his/her opinion.
To sum up, although every face is beautiful in its own way, there is always room for improvement. It may seem like a trivial matter, but if you know that you have put effort into improving looks and confidence, self-esteem will also be improved. Above all else, be sure about what you wish to achieve, and strive for that goal.
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