7 ways to get rid of a double chin

Published: May 16, 2019
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PHOTO: FILE

A double chin is the extra layer of fat that develops beneath one’s face. It is also known as submental fat and is generally a result of weight gain but you don’t have to be overweight to have one.

The causes vary, depending from one individual to another. But for most people, a double chin is a combination of fat deposition, excess loose skin or both.

So, how does one get rid of it? The truth is, just like the rest of our bodies, facial muscles need exercise too. As compiled from Pinkvilla, here are some moves that you can try to tone up and strengthen your jawline.

Ball exercises

The ball squeeze is best done in a seated position with a straight back and relaxed shoulders. Place a nine to-10 inch ball under your chin and press it into a firm motion. The ball should be easy to squeeze. Do this for 25 times during each sitting.

PHOTO: FILE

PHOTO: FILE

Tongue stretch

In this exercise, you need to stretch your tongue out as far as it goes. This is called the ‘yawning lion’ exercise and it helps to strengthen the muscles of the chin, neck and face.

Be in a relaxed position. If it is done correctly, it’ll work wonders. Push the tongue out for 10 seconds and relax. Repeat this 10 times during each sitting.

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Chew gum

This is a minor workout for the face muscles, especially the jaw. If you chew gum regularly, you may notice an overall fat loss in the chin area. Chewing gum can help people who are losing weight to reduce the number of calories in their diet as well!

Closeup detail of woman putting pink chewing gum into her mouth.

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Jaw jut

Tilt your head backwards and look at the ceiling. Turn your head right and slide your bottom jaw forward. Hold this position for five-10 seconds and release. Repeat it with your left side. This exercise is great for strengthening.

Neck rotations

This helps you move all the muscles around your chin and jaw. Stretch your neck from side to side. Do this for about 10 times: clockwise and anticlockwise.

Kiss the sky

Stand straight with your shoulders and arms loose. Tilt your head backwards and look up at the ceiling. Pucker the lips and try to kiss the sky. Extend them as far as you can go. Make sure the area beneath your chin is stretching while you do this. If done correctly, the muscles throughout the neck and chin should feel flexed but comfortable at the same time. Hold this position for 10-20 seconds and repeat it 10-15 times in each sitting.

PHOTO: FILE

PHOTO: FILE

Say ‘X-O’

All you need to do is say the letters ‘x’ and ‘o’ repeatedly. This moves the muscles of your jaws, cheeks and neck and so, burns the fat accumulated around them. Do this for 12 times in three sets.

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