A few months ago I realized some extra weight on my face. I knew I was exercising adequately as I ran everyday. So I started wondering, what are foods that make your face fat and am I eating them?! I decided to share my research with you in hopes that you can identify common foods that are causing some extra weight to show on your face.
The five common foods that make your face fat are yogurt, honey, foods heavy in salt, beans, carbonated and sugary drinks. These foods do not directly target your face for fat storage but are common foods that cause bloating, primarily in your face.
Continue reading below to find out why these foods can lead to extra fat and bloating in your face.
5 Common Foods That Make Your Face Fat
One quick note is that the below foods do not specifically target your face. If they did, that would be wild. Instead, the below foods are both fatty in general and can cause bloating in your face. Genetics play a major part in fat dispersion across your body. Some people store a lot of fat in their belly, face, legs, etc.
That being said, avoiding or limiting the below foods worked for me and helped reduce fat fast once I took them out of my diet. Fat typically becomes present when you are in a caloric surplus. Meaning you are eating/drinking more calories then you are burning off.
1. Foods Heavy in Salt
Foods heavy in salt are the number one type of food to avoid in excess. Foods that are high in sodium are linked to excess facial bloating. This is targeted bloating. Many foods can cause you to feel bloated in your mid section, although, salty foods specifically seem to cause bloating in your face.
This bloating often makes your face appear fatter than it really is. It is important to note that there are many healthy but salty foods. Just because a salty food is generally thought of to be healthy, does not mean it will not cause bloating. The opposite is also true but is much more obvious. Unhealthy salty foods like French fries can make your face fat and bloated, a double whammy!
Now for the science. Consuming too much salt raises your blood pressure, causing your body to hold more fluid. Sodium pulls water into your blood vessels and enlarges them making your face swell.
Common foods heavy in salt are ramen, French fries, pretzels, processed meats, and certain condiments.
This one surprised me when I found out about this. I was no normal honey consumer. I used to eat honey everyday, almost twice a day. I would have it in the morning with my oatmeal, no exceptions. And then I would have it later in the day with tea or a second bowl of oatmeal. I love oatmeal. So finding this out was disheartening.
According to Medical News Today, honey is a natural humectant. This means that it pulls moisture in from the outside environment and store it in the skin. Because of this, it gives the facial skin a more full appearance.
There is high sugar content in honey as well which contributes to overall weight gain. As mentioned above, depending on your genes, this weight gain may show in other places than your face.
There are health benefits to honey though. It is up to you to weigh the pros and the cons of consuming honey and the end goals you want to see.
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3. Carbonated and Sugary Drinks
Just like honey, getting rid of sugary drinks was a tough one. I would have at least one sugary drink a day. This is one food/drink product that I noticed the most impact once I stopped. Instead of drinking another 32oz lemonade, I opted for water. Instead of that glass of orange juice, I had water again.
We often forget how much sugar there is in non-soda products. We grew up thinking orange juice was the go to breakfast healthy option. Take a look at the back of the bottle and check how much sugar is in it. Most often it will be 30+ grams of sugar per serving.
Soda like Coke and Pepsi are the obvious weight gain products. Most know how unhealthy these products are for you. Diet soda is the tricky one. Studies show that you are just as likely to gain weight with diet soda as you are with regular soda.
This weight gain can and most likely will go to your face if you consume over two servings of sugary drinks a day just like it did for me.
I’ll be honest. I did not cut this out of my diet. I am big into fitness and beans are a great source of protein. Yes they can make your face fat, but the pros of beans for lifting outweigh the negatives in my eyes. If lifting is not your thing, then I encourage you to take a hard look at your bean intake.
Beans are not a common food that is eaten by younger generations. Our parent grew up on them and forced them to us as kids. Now as adults, we tend to choose not to eat them.
Beans can be high in sodium and high in calories. As discussed above, sodium has been linked to increasing face fullness. High in calories usually means you are not in a caloric deficit which is necessary to lose weight.
If you are exercising adequately and eating beans, then I would not worry too much. You are burning off those extra “bean calories”. Just keep in mind how much sodium is in your can of beans and be weary about the high calories you are consuming.
For me, this was not a difficult food to give up. I am lactose intolerant so yogurt is my enemy. I still wanted to include it because of how most of the research I performed included this food product.
Regular yogurt can have a lot of fat and sugar in it. This can lead to overall weight gain and face fullness. Two things that we want to avoid.
I recommend going the non-fat yogurt route. It typically will not taste as good, but it is much more healthy and will keep your face slim.
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