Ask the You Docs: Chin up! Get rid of that double chin!

King Features SydicateApril 24, 2013 

Brahma bulls, turkeys, Vince Vaughn, Tom Hanks, Roseanne Barr and Kirstie Alley all sport 'em.

But for most folks, a double chin isn't something to build a reputation on. This submental accumulation of fat (really, they call chin fat "sub-mental." can happen to folks who aren't overweight. That's because some people simply have a genetic predisposition to deposit profile-building fat below their jawline. For the rest, it comes from loss of muscle and skin tone (associated with aging) or as part of excess body fat - and for those folks, it's an indication that they're due for a lifestyle overhaul.

There are medical solutions for a double chin - liposuction, surgery and, now in clinical trials, injections of synthetic bile acid that cause submental fat to be flushed from the area without leaving saggy skin behind. But we favor another approach; it's not Hollywood-style, but it works. And it'll make your RealAge younger while you raise your chin line.

1. Chin-ercise! Slowly tip head backward. Open your mouth wide; jut your chin out. Hold for a count of 5. Raise your head; relax. Repeat 10-15 times daily.

2. Add 30 minutes of aerobic exercise a day (walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, and there's nothing wrong with a roll in the hay.).

3. Upgrade your diet to eliminate all saturated and trans fats, added sugars and sugar syrups, and any grain that isn't 100 percent whole. (Make sure to read those food labels; these fat-inducing additives are hidden everywhere.)

Now chin up, up and away!

Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. To live your healthiest, visit sharecare.com. Distributed by King Features Syndicate Inc.

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