You can do all the gym classes in the world, but banishing belly fat can still seem like an impossible task. Whether it's food intolerances, hormonal imbalances or poor gut health, no matter how much you work out, bloating can keep those hard-earned pilates abs well and truly hidden away. But there are ways of de-bloating that don't involve ineffective crash diets.
However, supplements for belly fat do exist and can be seriously effective for keeping your stomach flat and happy. Because let's be honest: Bloating isn't only annoying when you're trying to keep your waist trim, but it's also painful, uncomfortable and can make you feel tired and sluggish too. Keep scrolling for Byrdie's pick of the best supplements for belly fat and bloating.
These vegetarian-friendly activated charcoal capsules aim to counteract toxins in your gut, reducing gas and excess bloating. They're made from 100% natural and sustainable coconut shells and soak up contaminants like a sponge, leaving your stomach feeling lighter and looking flatter than before.
Whilst you won't find us recommending diet pills to you, these herbal 10 Day Downsize pills are a quick and safe approach to boosting your calorie burning (alongside a varied and balanced diet). They contain green tea and cayenne pepper that could boost your metabolism and help with fat loss, plus they're great at ridding the body of excess water that can often cause bloating.
Natural and organic, these supplements boost your digestive enzymes helping to break down food and reduce bloating, gas and (ahem) constipation issues. Organic fenugreek helps to enhance digestion whilst dandelion root helps to keep you regular. Expect less bloating and an all-around more comfortable digestive system.
These vegan prebiotic and probiotic capsules not only help with your skin, hair and nail health (expect clearer skin and swishier hair), but they also help to boost gut health. These will keep your stomach from bloating and producing excess gas.
These work with the same principle as the Love Wellness Bye, Bye Bloat capsules. They contain digestive enzymes to help break down food and keep you going to the loo regularly. As we age, we produce less digestive enzymes in our gut, which can sometimes lead to stagnation of food, and, therefore, a distended and uncomfortable abdomen. If you're finding it difficult to go to the restroom on the regular, try taking two capsules before your main meal.
Tried and tested by Byrdie U.S.'s assistant editor, Erin Jahns, she swears by this debloat powder for keeping her tummy trim: "I love this strategic powder for a number of reasons. One, I hate taking pills, so having something I can just dump into whatever I'm eating or drinking is a fabulous strategy for me. Two, it makes anything it touches that much yummier (with cinnamon, turmeric, ginger and maqui fruit, it has a warming flavour profile perfect for autumn). And three, it effortlessly soothes my stomach and keeps it feeling flat and balanced. This powder, in particular, works almost instantly to relieve bloating and calm an uncomfortable stomach."