Do you have a double chin? While that extra fat beneath your chin can be distressing, you can minimize it, if not get rid of it altogether. Although it won’t be overnight, you reduce a double chin by losing fat all over. This is made possible by the timeless advice of eating a healthy diet in moderation, and by exercising more. But no need to torture yourself. A healthy lifestyle is about moderation, so don’t buy into the idea that you need to spend hours at the gym each day or go on some strict diet to reduce double chin fat.
Fat burning foods
When it comes to foods, you have two kinds-fat promoting foods and fat burning foods. The fat promoting foods are obvious. Processed foods and beverages (most canned and packaged foods) are the main culprits. Along with a whole host of other harmful ingredients, including loads of sodium, most of these foods contain the wrong kinds of carbs which lead to weight gain. A carb is a bad one when most of its calories come from refined sugar or refined white flour.
On the other hand, fat burning foods can help you lose weight, reduce double chin and promote good health at the same time. Take low-fat dairy for example. Studies show that consuming three servings of dairy each day helps you lose more weight. And contrary to popular belief, not all fats are bad. Healthy fats are a fit body’s best friend. Eating foods like nuts, olive oil, avocados, salmon, and unsweetened cocoa powder speed up your metabolism and keep you full longer, which helps prevent you from bingeing. And let’s throw away another tired old dieter’s myth. Like healthy fats, healthy carbs are something you should embrace. They keep your energy and motivation high and fuel a more active lifestyle, which is something you want to promote to burn fat and reduce double chin. Good carbs come from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Crazy fad diets that promote low-carb meal plans don’t work, and they’re not something you can sustain over a lifetime. Avoid them at all costs.
Want another way to burn extra fat? Stop drinking toxic beverages like diet sodas and powdered drink mixes, and less than worthy beverages like coffee, and opt for unsweetened tea instead. Green tea has been shown time and again to help burn fat faster. Whether hot or cold, tea stands next to water as one of your best allies for losing weight.
Exercising to lose fat
Cardio exercises are wonderful for burning calories. Whether it be running, swimming, cycling, or the like, it’s hard to go wrong. However, many do follow a less than ideal path when undertaking a cardio regimen. You may notice at the gym that your fellow members often get on cardio machines and go at the same pace day in and day out. You may be doing this as well. Understand though that your body gets very good at adapting to a consistent exercise routine and will start to burn less and fewer calories as time goes on. You can literally spend hours a week working out and more or less wasting your time-at least when it comes to any significant weight loss and therefore, reduction of a double chin.
To keep this from happening, you must incorporate interval training into your workouts. This type of training involves bursts of intense activity mixed with periods of light activity. For example, you would run at an intense speed for 45 seconds, walk for one minute, and then repeat. Compared to jogging at the same pace for an hour, interval training allows you to get four times or more the heart-health and fat-burning benefits in only around 15 minutes of total activity. You can read more about interval training by clicking here.
Strength training is also excellent for burning fat and feeding muscle. That’s because every bit of muscle you build burns fat and helps speed up your metabolism. Lift three times a week for optimum benefits. Yoga and pilates can be nice additions, or even outright alternatives, to strength training as well.
Eat less sodium and refined carbs
Sodium and sugary carbs cause bloating, which only promotes and not reduces double chin. Carbs attract water, which causes muscles and fat deposits to swell-hence, bloating. Sodium cause inflammation and the body holds onto water to dilute the excess sodium, and once again you get bloating. You can help reduce the unsightly appearance of your double chin and the overall appearance of your body by significantly decreasing the added sodium and sugary, refined carbs (processed foods, sweets, and white flour products) in your diet.
Drink more water
Staying fully hydrated with fresh water, which most people do not, does more than just keep you feeling full, thereby helping you to avoid eating more. It also helps dilute excess sodium, pushes out toxins, and helps your metabolism work at its best.
By using these helpful strategies you’ll turn your body into a fat burning furnace, and be well on your way to reducing double chin fat.