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Painless, Pocket-Friendly Ways To Get Rid Of A Double Chin

Painless, Pocket-Friendly Ways To Get Rid Of A Double Chin

Having a double chin could be a sign of being over-weight, age or poor diet. The elasticity in the skin around the neck and chin area can be delicate with sagging beginning to start as early as our 20s. The two main muscles in the neck are the sternocleidomastoid and platysma which help tighten the neck and facial area preventing a double chin from forming. Regular exercise using these muscles can definitely help bring your chin back to its former glory but it’s often a myth that using facial exercises alone will get rid of a double chin altogether – a combination of diet, exercise and lifestyle can help reduce the amount of double chin you have.

General sagging due to age can be hard to reverse but there are ways you can prevent further sagging and give a helping hand to the elasticity of the skin. Going under the knife and paying for expensive surgery is one way of dealing with it but if you want a painless, natural way to rid your dreaded double chin then here are ten habits to incorporate into your daily life and help achieve results.

1. Optimizing Your Nutrition

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    Nutrition is essential if you want to get rid of a double chin. Nutrient-rich foods will not only keep your skin healthy but a healthy, low calorie diet that avoids overly sugary or fatty foods will maintain your overall body fat. Excess fat can pile up around the face so making sure you have a good diet will eliminate and reduce the amount of fat you carry around this area including the chin.

    Always make sure that you don’t crash diet as sudden weight loss can promote sagging of the skin even in the facial area. If your double chin is down to excess fat then make sure you lose weight gradually and healthily and give the skin good time to adapt.

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    2. Drinking Plenty Of Water

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      Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated may not seem like a way to get rid of a double chin but not only is water great for overall skin health, it helps regulate our metabolism and burn unnecessary excess fat including that around the face and neck. Water is also essential to maintain elasticity in the skin which will prevent too much ageing and sagging. So make sure you keep yourself hydrated at all times to ensure you’re on the right track to losing that second chin.

      3. Cardiovascular Exercise

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        Along with your diet, exercise is a much-needed routine that will get rid of, and prevent a double chin from forming. Cardiovascular exercise is great at blasting fat from all areas of the body including your chin. Anything from running to cycling, swimming to aerobic workouts will promote weight loss around the whole body.

        4. Weight Training

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          A combination of cardiovascular exercise and weight training will really help reduce your double chin. While a cardiovascular routine will help reduce your overall body fat including your double chin, resistance training is key to tightening your muscles in the entire body and increasing metabolism. Incorporating weights into your exercise regime will tackle the reduction in that chin wobble as it’s all about preserving lean muscle mass even in the face and neck.

          5. Correct Posture To Get Rid Of A Double Chin

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            Creating and maintaining good posture is not only a benefit to your back but will help strengthen the jaw muscles which will prevent fat build-up around the chin. Of course, tightening your jaw muscles through good posture is brilliant at temporarily hiding your double chin. Keeping your shoulders back and head high over your shoulders while keeping a nice, straight back will do wonders. Make sure that you have an ergonomic chair if you’re sitting at a desk for long periods to encourage good posture throughout the day.

            6. Moisturizing The Skin

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              Taking care of your skin is essential when it comes to a double chin. Along with good nutrition, exercise and water, moisturising the area around your neck, face and chin will help prevent sagging and keep the health of your skin to an optimum. You can go out and purchase a good quality moisturising cream such as cocoa butter but coconut oil or wheat germ oil can be just as effective. Make sure you moisturise on a daily basis to promote good elasticity in the skin and prevent sagging or stretching from excess fat.

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              7. Vitamin E To Supplement Your Skin

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                As well as moisturizing your skin, making sure you are getting enough Vitamin E is important in optimizing your skin health. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant which protects cell membranes. You should be able to get a good amount of Vitamin E from your diet such as consuming olive oil, nuts and seeds, green leafy vegetables such as spinach, along with avocado and fish. If you feel you aren’t getting enough in your diet you can take a good quality supplement making sure not to exceed 540mg a day.

                8. Chewing Gum To Help Tone Muscles

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                  Chewing sugar-free gum can help give your jaw and facial muscles a workout. Although this alone will not get rid of a double chin, it will promote fat burn around the face through the constant movement of chewing. This will add another dimension to your overall double-chin blasting, lifestyle regime.

                  9. Using A Glycerin Face Mask

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                    Promoting the overall health of the skin, glycerin has been known to have a great hydration effect as well as healing skin complaints. Applying a face mask to your neck and chin area will help promote good skin condition. Here’s how to make your own homemade mask.

                    • Mix 1 tablespoon of glycerin (purchased from a good pharmacy) with 1/2 tablespoon of Epsom salt and a few drops of wheat germ oil.
                    • Apply the mixture to the neck and chin area with a cotton pad.
                    • Leave it on the skin for a few minutes to allow it to soak in.
                    • Wash off with warm water.
                    • Repeat 3-5 times a week as a good skincare regime.

                    10. Facial Exercises To Get Rid Of A Double Chin

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                      Facial exercises that target the areas around the neck and chin can be part of your daily routine to banish a double chin. Stretching and strengthening the muscles will promote tightening but is not an overall solution to getting rid of a double chin altogether. As part of a good exercise and diet regime, the two muscles (sternocleidomastoid and platysma) can be stretched and strengthened through regular exercises.

                      Neck Rolls

                      This exercise can be done standing up or sitting down but it’s important to keep your back and spine straight while doing this exercise.

                      • Start with moving your chin over to your right shoulder.
                      • Keeping your head down, slowly move to a central position
                      • Move your chin over to the left shoulder. You should feel the tension in your neck and chin.
                      • Repeat 10-15 times.

                      Working the Platysma Muscle

                      This muscle connects from your jawline to your shoulder and it the best muscle to target when getting rid of a double chin.

                      • Open up your mouth nice and wide.
                      • Pull your bottom lip tight over your bottom teeth.
                      • Move your jaw up and down.
                      • Repeat this 10-15 times.

                      Sky Pout

                      This exercise tones the muscles in the chin, neck and jaw.

                      • Keeping your back and spine straight, slowly tilt back your head so you are looking skyward.
                      • Pucker your lips so that they form a pout.
                      • Hold this position for 5 seconds and then release.
                      • Repeat 10-15 times.

                      Featured photo credit: Rory MacLeod via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                      3. Upgrade yourself

                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                      4. Talk to a friend.

                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                      8. Have a quick nap.

                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                      10. Find some competition.

                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                      11. Go exercise.

                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                      12. Take a good break.

                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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