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Can You Get Rid of a Double Chin?

By Andrea Cespedes

Excess fat or sagging skin due to aging may give you the appearance of a double chin. Where you store fat is usually a matter of genetics -- and sometimes this storage depot is the face and chin. All the chewing and stretching in the world won't make the extra chin go away. You need a comprehensive exercise and dietary regimen to lose fat all over your body.

Exercise to Lose Fat All Over

Exercise with activities such as jogging, dance aerobics, walking, hiking, cycling or swimming most days per week to burn calories, which can help you lose weight. Also, build muscle mass by training the primary muscle groups of your body, including the back, chest, legs, hips, abdominals, shoulders and arms. Muscle is more metabolically active than fat tissue, so a leaner body burns more calories all day long to help reduce body and chin fat.

Dietary Intervention

Exercise is only part of a chin-reducing equation. A healthy, portion-controlled diet full of lean proteins, low-fat dairy, fresh produce and whole grains supports your efforts at the gym. Avoid highly processed foods, especially refined sugar and grains, which can cause you to pack on the pounds that contribute to a double chin. As you lose weight, you'll notice your body and face slim down. If your double chin is a result of aging, however, you can't tighten it back up with exercise or diet.

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