The Beard, The Fat Face, and The Double Chin

Fat Face and double chin covered by a beardBeing blessed with overweightism has it’s side effects. One of which is developing a fat face and double chin. I hate having fat cheeks, it drives me crazy. My solution to that is growing a beard. Smart huh? Yeh, I know. Over the last few years I have periodically grown a beard because it covers my fat face.

It may sound silly, but it really does help me cope with my weight issues. The beard acts as a sort of fat cloaking device. I look at it this way: people can judge me by my beard or by my fat face. I choose the beard. So I doubt I will be getting rid of my facial hair anytime soon. Now that I think of it, it’s like a compensation thing. Similar to bald men that grow thick mustaches. It helps compensate for something we don’t have. Interesting…


It sometimes means that I have to look very scruffy or dirty. A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do, right? It may not work too well for women with fat faces, but it’s the perfect cure for fat faced men. I find that my beard conceals my double chin the best. I grow it thick enough to make me look like a caveman/lumberjack. Don’t get me wrong, I try to clean up the edges as best I can, but sometimes I just get lazy and let it grow wild. Speaking of which, I think it’s time to perform some beard maintenance.

There are some people that swear by fat face and double chin exercises, but I don’t run with that sort of crowd. The only type of face exercise I perform is chewing: for the jaw line. Other than that I don’t attempt to spot train my face with any exercises. Another alternative is plastic surgery: facial liposuction or face lifts do the job. If you want to spend tons of money and look like The Joker (or Joan Rivers) that is. Ha!

Performing regular exercise over time should do the job on your face fat. If not you can always grow your beard like me or buy one at the local costume store. Those work good too.

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My name is Israel Lagares. I used to be the kind of guy that was always in shape, but over the last few years I've fallen off tremendously. This site is my final attempt to get back into shape. So far I've lost 70.4 lbs. Check out my weight loss chart, weight loss videos and progress pics. Follow my journey, those of others, and read our thoughts on various health topics. Share your thoughts, experience, and journey here on FMU.

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  1. DanielNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Israel

    I know exactly what you mean about the compensation theory the best example being the man with a small certain appendage that drives the best and fastest car. I actually drive a 3 wheeled robin reliant, what does that tell you?

    On a more serious note, i relate to what you mention. I’m not fat but i do have undesirably curly hair. To combat this i have shaved my head from a very young age, often getting me into trouble at the school that i went to. I think that may have encouraged me more though.

    When i have let my hair grow for things like job interviews (that’s me conforming to peoples stereotypical views of a white skinhead)i get comments from people especially girl friends that say i look good. Maybe you have people that say the same to you? But, deep down somewhere it grinds at me to have curly hair so i shave it all off again.

    Are we all victims of our own vanity? I bet that everyone has a attribute that they can’t stand and cover up. Maybe not in the physical sense but personality wise?

    Cheers for the post and allowing me to put in my 2 pence worth.

    – Daniel

  2. CatherineLNo Gravatar says:

    I noticed a lot of fat men have beards. Now I understand why.
    You’re doing brilliant with the weight loss Israel. How many pounds do you have to lose now?

  3. Blaine MooreNo Gravatar says:

    I couldn’t grow a beard if I wanted to. A couple of times per year I will let my mustache come in for a week or two just to annoy my wife (usually when we are getting ready to visit her folks for extra laughs) but it looks horrible so I always shave the little that’s there.

  4. Nice Article. 60 – 75 more lb’s is stilla huge goal, at least now you are in a routine!

    I fell off the bandwagon yesterday and have not been to gym today yet either 🙁

  5. I have a beard now, but I just grew it to keep my face warm in the winter. It will probably go in a couple months.

  6. Getting RealNo Gravatar says:

    I have always been blessed with a skinny face on my fat body until very recently. I just joined a gym and earlier this month was told that my face has never been so big and that I have a huge double chin for the first time— yes, it was a family member.

  7. That makes sense, and like Catherine, I didn’t think of it before. Pretty soon you’ll be shedding that beard because you won’t have anything to hide, right? Keep up the great work Israel!

  8. CreatineNo Gravatar says:

    yeahh.. i agree absolutely for that…. me too seen lot of people doing that… lol…though it makes them look a bit ugly…but yeah.. it atleast get them hide those fat cheeks

  9. yeh i know how you feel, i always have a fat baby face no matter how much weight i lose : (

  10. TomNo Gravatar says:

    I like the idea of a fat-masking beard. My problem is that although I have blond hair, I have got some underlying ginge, I think passed on from my Mum. Therefore, when I grow a beard, it ends up looking pretty ginger. Personally, I’d rather have a fat face than a ginger beard. Who wouldn’t.

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