Being unhappy with your body sucks. I know, I've been there.
But while it's easy to cover yourself up with baggy clothes and long sleeves, there's one thing you can't hide when you're feeling down about your appearance:
Chubby cheeks, puffy eyes, and double chins stick out like a sore thumb to us when we look in the mirror, and they make us extremely self conscious.
If you want to get rid of chubby cheeks in a day, well, I'd be lying if I said you could make them magically go away instantly. But there are some concrete, immediate steps you can take RIGHT NOW to wake up tomorrow feeling better about your face:
- Get a good night's sleep
- Drink lots of water
- Start your diet
Step 1: Get a good night's sleep.
You probably know this firsthand, but the science backs it up as well: Sleep deprivation can have a big impact on our facial appearance.
A lot of things happen to our face when we're tired: Our eyes have dark circles under them, our face appears more wrinkled, and we look more fatigued.
This is not where you want to be if you're looking for a youthful, exuberant face.
To improve your chubby cheeks in a single day, start by getting a full night's sleep. Go to bed early if your wake up time isn't flexible. Limit your screen time and alcohol before bed to ensure you fall asleep quickly and deeply. There are also plenty of natural sleep aids that might help, though your mileage may vary.
Bonus Tip: Sleep with your head propped up or slightly elevated to prevent liquid from pooling under your eyes and in your cheek area in the morning.
Step 2: Drink lots of water.
Some of the puffiness you're experiencing in your cheeks and face may not actually be fat. It might be water weight.
Yes, our body loves to store a portion of its water reserves in the most visible area possible. How thoughtful of it!
Here's the confusing part: Water retention in your face usually isn't a sign that you've had too much water. It's a sign that you've had too little.
Facial bloating and puffiness is actually a sign of dehydration. Your body worries that water is scarce and starts to store it for later, right in plain view of everyone. (It can also be caused by too much added salt and sodium in your diet, which dries us out and makes our body cling to its water reserves.)
To wake up tomorrow with less chubby cheeks, drink plenty of water throughout the day and cut out high salt foods. You might notice a near-immediate improvement in your complexion and puffiness.
Bonus Tip: Eat some high potassium foods like bananas. Potassium is kind of the anti-sodium and helps regulate its effects inside the body.
Step 3: Start your diet. Right now. Today. No excuses.
OK, so you've slept well, you've hydrated, and your cheeks are still chubby.
Now we know that it's most likely due to excess body fat. And that is going to take time and commitment to improve.
The good news? If you start eating a little cleaner, and at a moderate calorie deficit, you'll feel better ALMOST immediately. In my experience, facial puffiness and fat is some of the first stuff to go when you get your nutrition in line.
Multiply your bodyweight in pounds times 12. That's a good rough start for how many calories you should be getting in a day for safe, consistent weight loss. (Ex: A 180lb man would shoot for around 2100 calories per day.)
Though that's really just the beginning, and if you want to see great results you should have a full nutrition plan and be getting regular exercise.
(I can recommend some amazing workout and nutrition programs to get you started. I lost over 15 pounds of pure fat recently myself using these!)
Bonus Tip: Your body needs a healthy balance of carbs, fat, and protein to thrive. But if you temporarily limit your carb intake, you can shed some extra water weight fast and get a great leaning-out effect. Just don't go too low for too long.
You can't completely get rid of all of your facial fat in one day. But you can definitely make measurable progress.
Start getting more sleep if possible. Put down the diet sodas and coffees in favor of more water for better hydration. And clean up your diet and get yourself on the path to overall fat loss.
You'll see some improvement almost immediately. But if you're able to stick with this general plan, you'll see a world of difference in just a few weeks.
Don't forget to check out my workout program comparison guide to find the perfect routine.