Here's a reader question about how to reduce bloating quickly that we can all relate to—and luckily, the answer is very good news.
"I’m down 37 pounds since March, and I want to show off my new figure at my son’s wedding this summer. But I’ve been so bloated that you can’t tell I’ve lost any weight! Can a diet tweak help?
The short answer: Yes.
Extreme bloat is common in women at the beginning of barbecue season. The reason: Partially undigested remnants of foods we aren’t used to eating, like ribs and hot dogs, can get backlogged in the GI tract, where the waste ferments and creates gas and bloating. This is often a sign that the stomach has stopped producing enough digestive enzymes to break down protein—an age-related slowdown that impacts up to 80 percent of women over 35.
Fortunately, there’s an easy way to combat summer bloat in under two weeks: Take an enzyme supplement that contains amylase, protease, and lipase just before protein-heavy meals up to five times daily. These targeted enzymes help correct the body’s shortfall and work to break down protein and neutralize gas. The effect is so powerful that many women report seeing 95 percent flatter bellies, as well as reduced stomach pain, within 24 hours of supplementing. A brand to try: Twinlab Super Enzyme Caps ($25 for 200 capsules, Amazon.com).
Other ways you can reduce bloat? Shed stubborn belly bloat with these 12 best anti-bloating foods that ease pressure and flatten your tummy—so you can flaunt your svelte frame with confidence this summer.