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How to Get Rid of That Pesky Double Chin

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Nobody wants a double chin. Luckily, you don't have to carry around that unnecessary extra chin. Read on to find out how you, too, can get rid of your pesky double chin.

Lose Weight

If you have a double chin, chances are you're overweight. Unfortunately, you can't target just one area of your body for fat loss. You have to lose fat from your entire body at once.

When you begin to lose weight, excess body fat disappears first from your face. Eat a healthy diet of lean meats, low-fat dairy products, fruits, vegetables and whole grains to help burn off excess body fat. Avoid fat, sugar and salt. Perform an aerobic exercise that raises your heart rate for at least 30 minutes at a stretch, at least three times a week; you'll need to burn more calories than you eat in order to lose excess body fat.

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Sit Up Straight

Practicing good posture is a great way to help get rid of a double chin. Not only does sitting up straight make your double chin less noticeable, but it also strengthens jaw muscles, to keep fat from building up under your chin. Use an ergonomic, posture-correcting chair, especially if you work at a desk.

Chew Gum

Chewing gum gives your jaw and facial muscles a workout. Exercising your jaw and facial muscles helps burn away the body fat that causes your double chin. It also keeps your facial skin firm.

Perform Double Chin Exercises

Double chin exercises target the muscles of the face and jaw to tone and firm them. These exercises can keep skin from sagging to reduce the appearance of a double chin.

The best double chin exercise works on the platysma, the muscle that runs from the jawline all the way down to your shoulder. Follow these steps to work the platysma:

  • Open your mouth wide.
  • Pull your bottom lip tight over your bottom teeth.
  • Move your lower jaw up and down.

Repeat this exercise 10 to 15 times at first, adding repetitions as your facial muscles get stronger.

Add other double chin exercises to your workout to help stretch and tone the muscles of the jaw, face and neck. Try performing this exercise 10 to 15 times during your workouts:

  • Assume a standing or seated position.
  • Tilt your head back until you're looking skyward.
  • Pucker your lips, as if for a kiss. Hold the pucker for five seconds.
  • Try to keep the other muscles in your face relaxed as you're doing this exercise.

Neck rolls are another great way to stretch and tone the muscles of your neck, face and jaw. You can do them while seated or standing, according to your preference. Make sure you keep your spine straight while you're doing the exercises.

  • Begin by slowly and carefully moving your chin to one shoulder.
  • Allow your head to drop and slowly roll into a center position.
  • Gently roll your head back up the other way, until your chin rests on the other shoulder.

Perform this double chin exercise 10 to 15 times per workout.

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