Jowls are the build up of fatty tissue underneath the chin, causing a very annoying aesthetic problem to the person suffering from it. Like any other region where fat tends to collect in the body, jowls can affect both men and women, especially in adulthood.
Why do jowls appear? This localized region of fat is usually caused by obesity or being overweight, bad habits like leading a sedentary lifestyle, smoking and poor diet, genetics, or hormonal changes related to aging.
When a person reaches the age of 28 to 30 years old, their hormone levels are relatively lower than they were in the previous years. After 30 and as time continues to pass, hormonal factors that are associated with fat begin to change and this annoying problem tends to grow in both men and women.
This is the time when many people begin to suffer from problems associated with localized regions of fat, not only under the chin but in other parts of the body – such as the abdomen, thighs, back, or buttocks.
How can you prevent or reduce the appearance of a double chin?
Like any other area with localized stores of fat, the jowls are a tough area to target. It will require special effort to eliminate that excess fat. Lots of people who are overweight or obese succeed in losing many pounds through diet and exercise. But they might forget to work the region around the chin, resulting in this area not reflecting the same level of trimness as the rest of their body. What can you do to prevent and reduce the appearance of jowls?
Fight fluid retentionThe excessive consumption of alcohol, sugars, and salt is linked to the annoying appearance of jowls. These items don’t just increase the amount of fatty tissue in the body; they also cause fluid retention, making parts of the body including the face appear more swollen. It’s important to avoid consuming them in excess and to increase your intake of water to stay hydrated. Ironically, a body that’s dehydrated is more likely to retain fluids and other harmful substances.
Fight food allergies
People who have intolerances or allergies to certain foods like gluten sensitivity or irritable bowel syndrome are more likely to form jowls in the future. If your stomach is inflamed or the abdomen distended it is a sign that something’s wrong with your digestive system, which could eventually affect the formation of a double chin.
According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, the cause of the inflammation isn’t clear, but gases that build up in the intestine seem to be associated with these intolerances.
Exercises to reduce the jowlsAside from taking the above recommendations into account, one effective way to reduce the jowls is by following an exercise routine that helps tone and remove fat around the neck area and under the chin. These exercises are an ideal alternative to an extreme method like surgery, and can also help prevent jowls from returning.
- To begin, tilt your head to one side and hold that position while touching the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth, and repeat 10 to 15 times. Then, lean your head to the other side and repeat the exercise.
- Lie on your back, relax the muscles of your face, and then try to flex your head until your chin almost touches your chest. Do this 10 times and gradually build up to repetitions of up to 50 times.
- For the final exercise of this simple routine, you’re going to sit on a chair and press your back firmly against it. Then you’ll tilt your head backwards to look at the ceiling. Holding this position, try to stretch your head forward, as if you’re pretending to try to kiss the ceiling. Do this several times and then relax.
To get the best results, it’s important that you be consistent with these exercises and have patience. You may not see immediate results, but with dedication you’ll achieve your goal. If your jowls are very large, however, it may be best to see a specialist and explore other alternatives, such as surgery.