When you eat a lot of processed food, it may make your face appear tired because your face just like your body is not receiving enough nutrition. Facial fatigue and bloating can be symptoms of a lack of vitamin C and beta carotene in your diet. Excessive intake of carbohydrates, sugar and salt can also contribute to increasing facial fat. Simply put, if you are literally stuffing your face with the wrong kind of food then the facial fat on your face is a key indicator of this. Cut down on processed food, sugar and salt and balance your diet with a healthy amount of fresh fruits and vegetables, and you will soon see a marked difference when you look at your face in the mirror.
When your body realizes that it is not getting enough water on a regular basis, it tends to store water to prevent dehydration. This is just a natural precautionary measure and your face is one of the visible places in your body that clearly shows excess water retention. This could be one of the reasons why your face looks bloated especially after a tiring day or a long and late night party. Staying hydrated by sipping water at regular intervals whether you are busy at work or having fun is a very healthy way to prevent your face from becoming bloated. Make it a point to drink at least 7-8 glasses of water or about 2 litres of water a day. Eating leafy green vegetables such as broccoli or spinach which are rich in calcium is also known to reduce water retention.
Drinking alcohol causes dehydration. The more you drink, the more the body gets dehydrated. No matter the type of beverage, whether it is light beer or wine or even hard liquor such as brandy or whisky even when it is watered down hard causes dehydration. This is turn causes excess water retention in your body and it is especially visible in your face making it appear bloated and fuller than it really is. This is also true of other beverages which contain caffeine and sugar such as coffee, soda or most bottled drinks. Sugar and caffeine can also cause dehydration. So when you are thirsty, instead of guzzling beer or soda, quench your thirst with water and you will be soon on your way to looking slimmer in the face than before.
In some instances, a puffy or fat face could be an indication of hypothyroidism. This is a condition where the thyroid gland is underactive and therefore produces less than the required amount of thyroid hormones. Other symptoms of hypothyroidism include constipation, dry skin, weight gain with lack of appetite and frequently feeling fatigued. It is important to seek medical advice and treatment to combat hypothyroidism because it affects the body’s metabolism and if ignored can cause other health complications. Along with rapid weight gain in the body, hypothyroidism may also cause facial fat to accumulate. There could be many causes which trigger hypothyroidism such as stress, too much caffeine or sugar in your diet, a lack of proteins and fat, gluten intolerance or other food sensitivities.
Just as you are less likely to see an overweight person with a thin and sculpted face, you are not going to find many slim people with faces that contain too much facial fat. As the body gains weight, the face also reflects this with heavier deposits of fat. A lethargic or indolent lifestyle can make a person fat as much as what they eat or don’t eat. Similarly, your everyday habits such as sitting at a desk for long and uninterrupted hours or watching TV in a slouching position on the couch or while lying down can contribute to facial fat. Just like you exercise your body, you also need to exercise your face. In many instances, this simply means engaging and moving your facial muscles.
In the next article we will look at how you can lose excess fat from your face with some simple exercises.