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"Diet Face" - should we choose face over body or vice versa?

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  • grinning_chickgrinning_chick Member Posts: 767 Member Member Posts: 767 Member
    No contest; I would choose to have diet face over diet body.

    Face makeup, including contouring, is a thing and easy (comparatively speaking) if I ever reach the point where I feel I had to do something nonsurgical about it. Full body makeup and where the excess skin hangs out...eh, not so much. And I haaaaaate compression "shapewear" with the energy of a thousand suns. Tried it once and I will never voluntarily pay for that kind of torture again. Ever.

    When it comes to surgery, face and neck are going to be way cheaper than body from clavicles to patellas. As a result, the much more likely of the two to be financially feasible in my life. Unfortunately for me, it is beginning to look a lot like I am going to end up with diet body > diet face in terms of the skin ravages secondary to chronic obesity even though I started with less than 100 lbs. to lose. :\

    Granted, not much less than 100 lbs., but I admittedly blithely hoped it was the magic number. Kinda like the body modification rule of thumb lore that anything smaller than aught (0) gauge - 8mm - stretch of the ear lobes will shrink back to relatively normal if the plugs/tunnels/etc. are removed. I stopped stretching at 2 gauge (6mm) and can attest no daylight is seen through my lobes if the tunnels are out for more than 3-4 days or so. So the logic went if the ear lobe one is true, ergo... :D

    Finally, I would prefer a SO to have diet face over diet body as well. For the exact same reasons. :)


    edited November 2019
  • magnusthenerdmagnusthenerd Member Posts: 1,172 Member Member Posts: 1,172 Member
    For those suspicious that diet face isn’t a thing, here’s a pic I snapped where my face looks like a deflated balloon. 7spim1xojec4.jpeg

    Did you lose a very substantial amount?
    I lost over 100 pounds, and while I have loose skin, I don't think I really have any in the face - the neck is the closest to it.
  • lemurcat2lemurcat2 Member Posts: 5,413 Member Member Posts: 5,413 Member
    I've yet to reach a point where my face did not look better when thinner. I've never been super lean, but that's true for around BMI 22 (vs BMI 26, say), so I guess I'd pick face over body in that if BMI 20 affected my face I'd be fine being less lean.

    Other goals, like running, might change the equation, but not just being leaner on its own.
  • goldthistimegoldthistime Member Posts: 3,267 Member Member Posts: 3,267 Member
    For those suspicious that diet face isn’t a thing, here’s a pic I snapped where my face looks like a deflated balloon. 7spim1xojec4.jpeg

    Did you lose a very substantial amount?
    I lost over 100 pounds, and while I have loose skin, I don't think I really have any in the face - the neck is the closest to it.

    I’ve lost 39 lbs to date. I’m 58, so that’s probably a factor.

    But my version of “diet face” isn’t the same as what I’ve seen in others. Although I’ve seen it mostly at the gym, it could be “steroid face” for all I know. Kind of a flatness in the upper part of the face, and deep lines when they smile. I’d happily trade my version for that version.

    I don’t really have “diet body” as @grinning_chick phrased it. No stretch marks or hanging skin (besides my face), at least not more than most 58 year olds.
    edited November 2019
  • Carlos_421Carlos_421 Member Posts: 5,083 Member Member Posts: 5,083 Member
    For those suspicious that diet face isn’t a thing, here’s a pic I snapped where my face looks like a deflated balloon. 7spim1xojec4.jpeg

    Did you lose a very substantial amount?
    I lost over 100 pounds, and while I have loose skin, I don't think I really have any in the face - the neck is the closest to it.

    I’ve lost 39 lbs to date. I’m 58, so that’s probably a factor.

    But my version of “diet face” isn’t the same as what I’ve seen in others. Although I’ve seen it mostly at the gym, it could be “steroid face” for all I know. Kind of a flatness in the upper part of the face, and deep lines when they smile. I’d happily trade my version for that version.

    I don’t really have “diet body” as @grinning_chick phrased it. No stretch marks or hanging skin (besides my face), at least not more than most 58 year olds.

    Or smoking face or tanning face or smoking in the sun face or bad genetics face or just plain old face...
  • whmscllwhmscll Member Posts: 2,236 Member Member Posts: 2,236 Member
    A woman at my gym who is in her mid-30s competed in a bikini bodybuilding competition last year. I saw pics of her at the event and while her body looked incredible her face was shocking. She looked like she was in her 60s with terminal cancer. She had lost all the fat in her face and looked old, haggard and wrinkled. So yeah, “diet face” is a thing.
  • magnusthenerdmagnusthenerd Member Posts: 1,172 Member Member Posts: 1,172 Member
    For those suspicious that diet face isn’t a thing, here’s a pic I snapped where my face looks like a deflated balloon. 7spim1xojec4.jpeg

    Did you lose a very substantial amount?
    I lost over 100 pounds, and while I have loose skin, I don't think I really have any in the face - the neck is the closest to it.

    I’ve lost 39 lbs to date. I’m 58, so that’s probably a factor.

    But my version of “diet face” isn’t the same as what I’ve seen in others. Although I’ve seen it mostly at the gym, it could be “steroid face” for all I know. Kind of a flatness in the upper part of the face, and deep lines when they smile. I’d happily trade my version for that version.

    I don’t really have “diet body” as @grinning_chick phrased it. No stretch marks or hanging skin (besides my face), at least not more than most 58 year olds.
    Like what I call the Tom Platz smile?
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  • ellie117ellie117 Member Posts: 293 Member Member Posts: 293 Member
    I have big puffy cheeks no matter what. At my highest weight, my face was very round and it has decreased as I've lost weight. But, my dang cheeks, especially when I smile and my dimples come out. They're so pronounced that a friend once said she could stick a cheerio in one, haha. I didn't know "diet face" was a thing. I would like my face to be much less round when I smile, since your face is typically the most prominent part of you in photos. But I don't think I'm ever going to have a not-puffy face no matter how much more I lose :(
  • angelgreathouse9angelgreathouse9 Member Posts: 103 Member Member Posts: 103 Member
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    Black & white photo... definite diet face
    Pink shirt... not so much 😂
  • ilfaithilfaith Member Posts: 16,453 Member Member Posts: 16,453 Member
    One of my husband's friends claimed that a gain of half a pound a year after age 40 would fill in all the wrinkles and keep you looking young. I figure at my current age and weight I could get well into my 90s before actually becoming overweight.

    But seriously, I know it has been said that after a certain age, people (specifically women) have to choose between their tush or their face looking good. At 50 I know that when I am at the weight and body fat where I feel most confident in a bikini, my face does tend to look a little gaunt. I haven't given into Botox or fillers yet (and I may be the only woman in my neighborhood over 35 who hasn't) but I think I would rather use cosmetic procedures to plump up my skin, than gain enough weight to bring back the chubby cheeks of my youth.
  • jazzy550jazzy550 Member Posts: 264 Member Member Posts: 264 Member
    If I were so unhappy with my face due to weight lose I'd save up for a face lift. The cost in the long run is much greater when you're fat over being skinny with a face skin issues that could be improved with a face lift.
  • MikePfirrmanMikePfirrman Member Posts: 1,556 Member Member Posts: 1,556 Member
    So I guess that what I'm embarrassed about most when I gain weight is actually a blessing. If I gain 10 lbs, it all goes to my face first. And I'm not kidding. It's insidious. I don't even need to get on a scale, though I do. My wife is the opposite. She can gain 20 and her face looks the same. No weight gain.
    edited January 6
  • RelCanonicalRelCanonical Member Posts: 3,725 Member Member Posts: 3,725 Member
    So I guess that what I'm embarrassed about most when I gain weight is actually a blessing. If I gain 10 lbs, it all goes to my face first. And I'm not kidding. It's insidious. I don't even need to get on a scale, though I do. My wife is the opposite. She can gain 20 and her face looks the same. No weight gain.

    I get the face gains pretty early too. I still pretty much get recognized 60lbs lighter because so little has come off my face (I got rid of a lot of chin fat, fortunately, but I still definitely carry more than many women with my stats).
  • pinuplovepinuplove Member Posts: 12,937 Member Member Posts: 12,937 Member
    So I guess that what I'm embarrassed about most when I gain weight is actually a blessing. If I gain 10 lbs, it all goes to my face first. And I'm not kidding. It's insidious. I don't even need to get on a scale, though I do. My wife is the opposite. She can gain 20 and her face looks the same. No weight gain.
    I always show weight gain in my face too. The curse of chubby cheeks! I've been forever envious of people who could carry some extra weight yet still look exactly the same in the face. That is so not me.
  • pinuplovepinuplove Member Posts: 12,937 Member Member Posts: 12,937 Member
    So I guess that what I'm embarrassed about most when I gain weight is actually a blessing. If I gain 10 lbs, it all goes to my face first. And I'm not kidding. It's insidious. I don't even need to get on a scale, though I do. My wife is the opposite. She can gain 20 and her face looks the same. No weight gain.

    I get the face gains pretty early too. I still pretty much get recognized 60lbs lighter because so little has come off my face (I got rid of a lot of chin fat, fortunately, but I still definitely carry more than many women with my stats).

    Still twinning, I see.
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