By Lizzie Fuhr
Every body comes in different shapes and sizes, but if you're a little self-conscious about chubby cheeks or a double chin, you can take matters into your own hands.
It's true: there's no way to spot-reduce fat, but if you incorporate these practical tips into your everyday life, you'll be putting your body in the best position to slim down all over, including your face!
1. Cut Out Salt And Sugar
According to celebrity trainers Chris and Heidi Powell, there's a simple way to change the body instantly. If you're consuming too much salt and sugar, you're going to retain a ton of extra water.
Here is the pair's concrete rule to banish bloat quickly: get sodium intake down to 1,500 milligrams per day and cut sugar down to 20 grams. Your body will naturally shed water weight. Once you make this shift in your diet, Chris says you'll see an "immediate change."
2. Change Up Your Cardio
If you're serious about getting rid of your body's all-over fat, you need to amp up your cardio game. According to the USDA, you should perform 60-minute sessions five times a week to really notice a difference.
And instead of a steadily paced workout, take things up a notch with interval training (workouts that alternate between periods of pushing your body and recovery) since it offers the afterburn effect; once you complete a workout, your body will burn more calories — an extra 200 calories throughout the day — than you would without intervals.
3. Change Your Diet
You can do a ton of cardio and strength training, but unless you really revamp your diet, you won't see results in your face. Cut back on processed foods, follow these clean-eating rules, and when you're feeling full, remember this piece of tough love from celebrity trainer Anna Kaiser: "put down the fork."
To optimize your diet's fat-burning potential, look to these metabolism-boosting recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snack time. All of these dishes include ingredients that have been proven to help fight fat.
4. Drink Plenty Of Water
Beyond keeping you feeling your best and headache-free in high temps, staying hydrated can suppress your appetite, keep bloat at bay, keep your skin looking gorgeous, and even boost your metabolism. Double the detoxifying power of your glass with these even-better water additions like lemon and ginger.
5. Get To Bed On Time
Sleep resets your body, keeps your immune system strong, and keeps your hormones in balance so nothing gets in the way of your goals. Aim for at least seven hours of sleep every night for optimal energy and fat-burning potential.