I'm going to try to give as much info as possible to help with an answer to this. I am 22 years old. Female. I am 5'2'' and my weight is usually fluctuating in the 130s but on average it's about 134. In other words, I'm not overweight. I used to have a perfectly flat tummy and was 115 pounds just a few years ago. I gained weight after moving out of my parents' house, and I suppose it can be contributed to not eating as healthy as I was with mom and dad. I have since changed my eating habits dramatically for a couple of reasons. I have tried for ever to get the extra pounds off doing everything from diet pills to becoming a vegetarian and still nothing. Right when I gained the weight I also frequently have a bloated stomach so much that it looks like I'm 4 months pregnant! I hate it so much. I have tried laxatives which seems to work temporarily. I don't think I have any issues with "going" or "not going". I seem to be pretty regular, I suppose. I don't feel gassy at all and I don't feel any uncomfort.
I eat a lot of pastas and I have a serious sweet tooth, but I always eat my fruits and veggies, too. My diet isn't perfect but not terrible either. I don't eat that much fast food at all (especially after going vegetarian). I don't drink milk but I still eat dairy products like cheese and ice cream. I drink alcohol only occasionally and can estimate only about 5 or 6 alcoholic drinks a month TOPS. I'm also not on any medications.
My water intake isn't anything out of the ordinary. Water and tea is actually all I drink, on a daily basis (no soda or juices), but I certainly don't drink too much, if there is such a thing. Just big tummy. I have a flat stomach in the mornings when I wake up or usually if I haven't eaten anything. In any case, it is something I am really concerned about and I want to lose it. It makes me really insecure and I know it seems superficial but I'm 22 and it's still really important to me that I look good in a bikini. After all, I live in south Florida!! Anyway, please help. Would a probiotic or something like Activia work for me? Do I need to change my diet even more? Thanks!