According to a recent study, there’s a bunch of factors affecting how attractive someone’s face is but facial adiposity — or how much fat is in your face, for lack of a better term — is generally deemed negative.
And I get that these things are all subjective but I also understand that a lot of you want slimmer faces and sharper jawlines. That’s probably one of the biggest reasons you’re trying to lose weight, right? To somehow look like a model?
In that case, how long does it take to notice weight loss in your face?
Short answer: Roughly the same amount of time it takes to notice weight loss everywhere else. This can be as early as 1 week, maybe even immediately for some people, but it might take months for others.
You see, fat is systemic which means when you lose or gain weight, you add or subtract pounds everywhere else.
Of course, like most other things, there’s multiple sides to this which is why some people have slimmer faces than others.
Now, you might be asking:
Why is my face fat but I’m skinny?
Understanding genetics is quite complicated, to be honest, but just to simplify things, how fat your face looks depends on 2 things:
- Fat distribution, and
- Bone structure
In terms of fat distribution, some people just inherently put on more weight on their faces. Take my wife as an example.
She’s gained a few pounds over the years and her face has gotten noticeably puffier. However, she’s also maintained a fairly flat stomach as well as relatively toned arms and legs. She’s a clear example of someone who puts on weight on their face faster compared to other parts of the body.
The good news, however, is that the first places that get fat when you gain weight are likely also the first places to lose them. So, if it’s your face, then you might begin to notice weight loss there faster than other parts of your body.
Moving on, bone structure — or how high your cheekbones are, to be more specific — is something you inherit from mom or dad.
Generally speaking, people with higher cheekbones also have sharper, more angular faces. It’s also these same people who likely won’t have noticeable weight gain on their mugs because their bones are just that prominent. Think Angelina Jolie, Keira Knightley, and Cara Delevigne.
Other areas of your body where bone structure can be noticeable is your hips, though that’s a topic for another discussion.
Basically, your hormones play a part in everything that happens to your body, including the answer to “how long does it take to notice weight loss in your face?”
One study says that circulating testosterone in men was closely associated with adiposity. The more testosterone you have, the lesser your body fat. Of course, this includes the fat on your cheeks and vice versa.
On the other hand, another study states cortisol, the stress hormone, was negatively associated with attractiveness in women. The study suggests that this also ties in with how fat or how thin your face looks.
These are just a couple of examples but, when it comes to hormonal imbalances, it’s almost never just one. One hormone’s fluctuations can start a chain reaction that affects others.
So, if you don’t think genetics is why your face is fat despite a skinny physique, you might want to have a professional examine your hormonal balance.
Have you ever noticed how there’s times in the day where your face just looks puffier? Bloating, whether it be on your belly or on your face, is a thing and it’s a lot about the food you eat.
Now, what are the foods that make your face fat?
You’re looking at foods that are high in sodium (or salty food), MSG, and carbohydrates. When you eat these types of food, your body retains more water and, well, some of that water ends up in your face.
Not only will avoiding these foods be great for slimming down your face (which we will talk more about in a bit), I think it’s a great way to start a healthier, cleaner lifestyle.
Oh, and one other thing.
Maybe you’re not drinking enough water
When you’re not giving your body as much water as it needs, it hangs on to more water as a way to try and compensate. This, then, leads to bloating.
So, if you want to reduce facial swelling, drink more H2O.
Are you diagnosed with anything? What medications are you under?
Some diseases and medications can cause facial swelling.
For medication, a prime example would be corticosteroids, or just “steroids” as most people refer it to — and, no, we’re not talking about PED’s here.
Corticosteroids like prednisone are used to treat inflammation but one of its most notorious side effects is fat being deposited on your face. In the medical community, we call this “moon face” because, well… the face gets rounder from all that fat.
Other drugs you might want to take note of are ACE inhibitors and ARBs that are used for high blood pressure, NSAIDs for inflammation, and certain diabetes medications.
When it comes to medical conditions, there’s plenty, but here are among the most commonly cited ones:
- Bug stings
- Dental issues
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Cushing’s syndrome
If you suspect any of these conditions, please, please go see your doctor. And, if you’re under any of the medications I just mentioned, please don’t adjust your dosage — or worse, stop taking them altogether — without talking to your physician.
How to slim down a round face?
Before we go into this, know that this section won’t be discussing treatments to conditions that may be causing your face to swell nor will I be talking about dealing with medications. For those, again, it’s always best to consult your doctor.
With that being said, you’ve basically got 2 options here:
- Do it naturally, or
- Go under the knife
If you’ve read any of my other articles, you’d know I’m always going to recommend the natural route. Not that I’m against surgery though (I’m not), but I feel like transforming your body and image naturally is better for the long haul.
It may take a bit more time and effort on your part but once you get healthy habits engraved into your system, it’s essentially automatic. And, personally, I think the end results look better anyway so it’s worth it.
And while we’re on the topic of non-surgical facial weight loss, I often get asked about exercises and facial slimmers. Let’s talk about them, starting with exercise.
Do facial exercises actually work?
One research says it does. In fact, it says that over 20 weeks of doing facial exercises (or facial “yoga” as it’s sometimes referred to) resulted in fuller upper and lower cheeks. Per the study, this resulted in their subjects looking younger than they were when they first started.
However, the same study also admits that its results aren’t all that reliable. For one, it had a very small sample size and a bunch of them didn’t even finish the experiment. There was no control group to compare results either.
With that said, I think this study is a good representation of where science currently is with facial exercises — they’re just not sure about it!
A lot of the evidence that we have now is largely from personal accounts with mixed opinions. Some say it worked for them while some others say facial exercises only made their wrinkles worse.
I’m torn as well but the latter does seem to make more sense to me right now. After all, the reason botox is effective is because it numbs the facial muscles which, in turn, weakens them and reduces wrinkles. So, toning and strengthening those muscles might actually be counterproductive.
On that note, I don’t think they work for facial weight loss either. Like I said, spot reduction is a myth. If you want to slim down your face, focus your attention on losing weight overall.
Do face slimmers really work?
When you say “face slimmers”, I’m assuming you’re referring to these face slimming masks, straps, belts, and basically just garments that supposedly help you get a smaller mug.
In a nutshell, no, they don’t work. Or, at least I haven’t found any scientific evidence that says they do. As a matter of fact, I’ve read several experts say that these slimming garments will only work temporarily at best.
What they do is they restrict the blood flow on your face so when you take them off, your face appears less puffy. But, wait a couple minutes and your face will look the same way it did because circulation goes back to normal.
Moreover, reports of face slimming belt side effects pop up fairly frequently.
They’re an added layer that traps heat and where there’s heat, there’s sweat. After prolonged use, these belts may get you rashes, acne, itchiness — and that’s just not comfortable, not to mention unhygienic.
“So, what can I do? Is it possible to get slim face like models?”
Of course it is but, really, it’s more about tweaking your diet. When you eat the right kinds of food that help with bloating and weight loss while avoiding ones that make you gain fat and water weight, your face should slim down with the rest of your body.
Here are a few tips you might want to keep in mind:
Cut back on carbs
I’m not saying you should totally eliminate carbs from your diet. Unless you’re on keto or some other low-carb diet, you actually need carbs to function properly. It’s your body’s preferred source of energy after all.
It’s excess carbs that you want to cut off.
Excess carbohydrates are also excess calories which will ultimately be stored as fat. Plus, your body needs carbs to store water, so cutting back is also an easy way to reduce bloating.
Avoid sodium-rich or salty food
Like carbs, sodium promotes water retention which can lead to facial and abdominal bloating.
Processed foods, like that bag of chips you probably have in the kitchen cabinet, are typically packed with sodium.
Other examples of high sodium foods include pizza, deli meats, burritos, sausages, and even some soups and salad dressings.
Add more potassium to your diet
Per study, potassium restriction forces your body to hold on to more sodium. As already stated, this will force your body to retain more water.
On the other hand, the same study also says taking more potassium helps your body promote more urine. Consequently, this can help you flush out the excess sodium and therefore, water.
Eat more magnesium, too!
Think of potassium and magnesium as anti-sodium nutrients. If sodium is notorious for water retention, then potassium and magnesium helps you lose some water weight.
In fact, one study found that supplementing with magnesium helped with the bloating side effects of PMS. Needless to say, magnesium may very well work with or without the PMS (heads up, boys!).
Foods rich in magnesium include the same leafy greens that are also high in potassium, but you might also want to snack on some dark chocolate.
Try diuretic teas
The logic is that diuretics are going to help you pee more which, in turn, helps your body retain less water. It’s simple, really.
Personally, I like peppermint teas. I drink 1 bag every morning, actually.
But, if that’s not your thing, you can also try other flavors like dandelion, nettle, and green tea.
The diuretic effect also helps you detoxify your body from toxins that may slow down your metabolism. So, not only will they help with bloating, they might help you burn more calories, too.
Drink enough water
This may seem counterintuitive after I’ve rambled on about how potassium, magnesium, and diuretics will help rid your face and body of excess water but think of it this way:
When you’re properly hydrated, your body doesn’t have the need to store excess water, so you don’t get bloated.
The keywords there being “properly hydrated”.
When you’re not drinking enough water, your body compensates by storing more. On the other hand, drinking more water than your body is capable of using or excreting will also lead to bloating.
There’s really no universal amount of water that people need to take though but I think the advice of drinking 8 glasses of water per day is pretty good.
According to Harvard, you could also aim for 2-3 cups of water per hour. But, if you’re active and sweat profusely, you may need more.
Try face rollers
There’s a lot of BS surrounding these things including how they’re only effective if you use certain stones like jade and rose quartz.
But, the truth is that it doesn’t really matter what material is used. Rubber works just fine.
Face rollers help slim down your face because it assists with lymphatic drainage (which helps reduce bloating) and with clearing your sinuses (which helps with swelling).
However, you don’t really have to buy face rollers. Other forms of facial massages do the exact same thing. Rollers just make it easier for you to massage your face on your own.
Facial exercises may/may not be effective but I sure as hell know losing weight will also slim down your face. In fact, dropping the number on the scale may be the best advice anyone can give you when it comes to facial weight loss.
Not only will your face look more attractive, your health and physique will improve dramatically, too.
We’ve got a guide on How To Lose Weight Gradually and Permanently that I think will be helpful, so go check that out.
The bottom line is that if you want a slimmer face, the best and perhaps the most sustainable way to do it is working on your whole body.
Eat the right foods and avoid the bad ones. Stay hydrated. Be more active.
You can’t really do anything about your fat distribution and bone structure (unless you go under the knife), so I believe it’s through these methods that you can truly get the most amazing results.
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