Why You Gain Weight On Your Face When You Age

Your face changes as you age. It can sag due to less collagen, get wrinkled and even gain weight. For some people weight gain occurs all over the body. Metabolism slows as you age for many reasons. Muscle mass is lost. Weight gain on the face, just like weight gain on the body doesn’t happen overnight. To avoid gaining weight on the face follow the same rules to avoid gaining on your body, exercise regularly and follow a healthy diet. It can prevent the accumulation of fat on your waist, arms, legs, face, and neck.

Your genetics play a role.

People lose weight in different ways. Some lose it on their hands and arms first, while others lose it on their face. The same is true for weight gain. Skin gets thinner as you age. You lose collagen, and it becomes saggy and less elastic. A slowing metabolism can cause weight gain all over the body. Sometimes being less active and less social also means less facial movement, so fewer muscle movements contribute to the change. Fat can deposit at the jawline and under the eyes making your face look fatter. Genetics plays a role in where the body accumulates fat, or loses it.

It’s all about your lifestyle and more than just weight gain.

If you’re eating food high in sugar, it causes inflammation and affects your entire body. A diet high in sugar also causes stress that produces cortisol. Cortisol can lead to weight gain. Your hormones play an important role in where the pounds land, too. You can help keep your hormones in line by eating healthier and living an active lifestyle. Getting adequate hydration also plays a role. It can make sagging, fatty-looking skin firmer and more youthful. What else can make your skin look firm? Losing weight can do it. If you lose just 10% of your body weight, you’ll see a noticeable difference.

Get plenty of sleep.

Getting adequate sleep can help you lose weight. When you lack sleep, your body produces more ghrelin—the hunger hormone—and less leptin—the one that makes you feel full. Lack of sleep can cause a puffy face. Most people can tell if you didn’t get enough ZZZs. Alcohol and a high-sodium diet can also create puffiness in your face.

  • Chronic diseases such as hypothyroidism can cause weight gain, including on the face. Some medications, such as prednisone, increase fat deposits on the face. Talk to your healthcare professional to see if there’s an alternative medication.
  • Increase antioxidants in your diet and anti-inflammatories. Drinking green tea can help, just like fresh fruits and vegetables of all colors. Slowly increasing fiber in your diet can reduce bloating.
  • Genetics also plays a role in the number of fat cells in the face and their size. It can determine whether that number grows and the fat cell size increases as you age.
  • You can make a difference by adopting a program of exercise and a healthy diet, you can help eliminate excess fat on your face. We can help you with a diet designed specifically for your needs.

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