How to Get a Thinner Neck

Stretching your neck back, forward and from side to side can improve its appearance.
Stretching your neck back, forward and from side to side can improve its appearance. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Excess fat in your neck can be the result of genetics, being overweight or aging. Bodybuilders and exercise fanatics can also over-develop the neck muscles, making it thicker. If your short, thick neck is hereditary and not the result of excess fat or overdeveloped muscles, there is little you can do about it. And if your neck is large because of big muscles, simply cutting back on exercises that impact your neck will help the problem. Diet and exercises that target the neck area can help those with neck fat issues improve its appearance. Surgery is also an option.

Things You'll Need

  • Diet plan
  • Exercise routine
  • Neck cream
  • Liposuction

Reduce calories and eat a healthy diet. If you have excess fat in your neck, an overall weight loss program will help reduce pounds all over your body, including your neck. There are thousands of good weight reduction plans to choose from. Pick the diet or program that best suits you and follow it.

Incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Regular cardiovascular workouts will sweat away fat and also improve your overall health. Walk, jog, swim or go to the gym daily.

Drink plenty of water. Most people suffer from dehydration, which can lead to fat storage, among other issues. Adults should drink at least eight 8 oz. glasses of water daily.

Target your neck with stretching exercises. To tone muscles and improve the appearance of your neck, stretch your neck slowly from side to side, forward and back. Stretch your neck muscles as far as is comfortable to the right and hold it for eight deep breaths. Repeat to the left, forward and back. Daily simple, slow stretching can improve muscle tone and relieve stress.

Use neck cream daily. Many creams and lotions are designed specifically to improve the texture of neck skin. While these products won’t reduce fat, they will improve the skin’s elasticity and give your neck a more firm, youthful appearance.

Get a consultation from a plastic surgeon. If after losing weight and trying exercise and topical treatments leaves you unsatisfied, you might consider liposuction to surgically remove unsightly neck fat.

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