It’s tempting to look at your body and scrutinize every detail, focusing on the areas that you want to change most. For many, that area is your face and the weight you carry there.

Genetics and body type come into play when considering where you hold excess body fat. This isn’t something that you can control. Thus, taking on an approach to full-body health, wellness, and weight loss is the most effective way to change the shape of your face.

Implementing a facial exercise routine is not the most efficient use of your time. To achieve the lean facial physique that you seek, consider getting your body healthier as a whole.

Just like you can’t choose where your body holds excess fat, you can’t pick and choose the areas where your body loses fat. Resistance training can help increase the muscle density in a given area, but your fat loss has more to do with your overall exercise routine, your diet, and your body’s metabolism.

Integrate these lifestyle changes to get rid of those chubby cheeks and get lean from head to toe.

Make Breakfast Your Biggest Meal

A simple, effective habit to take on if you want to slim down is to make breakfast your biggest meal of the day. After a night’s rest with a slowed heart rate and a resting body, you are restored and ready to take on the day. But, you need fuel to do this. That’s where a healthy, plentiful breakfast comes in.

Eating a nourishing meal complete with protein, fat, and carbohydrates for breakfast is a sure way to jumpstart your metabolism. This should be a non-negotiable part of your daily routine if you’re seeking weight loss. Digesting food requires a lot of energy, and larger meals use more calories than smaller meals. However, sometimes smaller, more frequent meals help stave off hunger. Either way, eating breakfast is an effective way to get your blood flowing and digestive system kicking into high gear.

Create a Calorie Deficit

A basic rule of thumb for weight loss is that you must burn more calories than you consume. This means that without a deficit, you will either be maintaining or putting on weight.

There is no need to become neurotic about measuring food and counting calories. Generally sticking to a few healthy habits can help you lose weight.

  1. Incorporate high-intensity exercise like circuit training four to five times a week.
  2. Keep your portions under control. Eat only until you’re full but not stuffed.
  3. Aim to get a serving of fat, carbohydrates, and protein on your plate for each meal.
  4. Eat consciously, slowly, and enjoy every bite.
  5. Don’t eat late at night.

Basically, make sure you exercise regularly and eat smart. Don’t let a busy schedule and stress cause you to be an emotional eater. Emotional or stress-induced eating is a common cause of overindulgence. Thankfully, daily activity can declutter and destress your mind to prevent this.

Cut Back on Sugar

Ingesting too much sugar can cause your blood sugar to stay elevated, making it harder for your body to shed extra weight. Increasing your protein and healthy fat intake and choosing high quality, unprocessed carbs that are high in fiber can help make your meals more satisfying. It will also help balance out the effect your meals have on your blood sugar.

Make sure that your carbohydrate intake comes from healthy plant sources such as fresh fruit or grains. Stay away from:

  • sweeteners and refined sugars
  • processed white flour products
  • high fructose corn syrup
  • added sugar

If you are still stuck on a soda habit, make it your priority to kick it. As an alternative, reach for unsweetened iced tea, coffee, or digestive health-boosting kombucha.

Get Enough Sleep

Your body goes into panic mode when it’s sleep deprived. Simply put, your body, in all its complexity, cannot operate optimally without adequate rest. Part of this panic mode means that your body clings on to your existing fat deposits for energy. This means that losing weight will be harder if you are deprived of sleep.

Recent suggest that there’s an association between the amount that you sleep and weight gain. Sleeping less than five hours a night seems to increase the likelihood of weight gain.

This evidence confirms how important it is for you to prioritize sleep. Making an effort to go to bed a few hours (or even one hour) earlier can make a big difference for your weight loss efforts, and for your overall energy levels. Also, your face reflects your sleep. In other words, if you are sleep deprived, it often presents itself via dark circles or puffy eyes and cheeks.