"A lean belly starts in the kitchen, not in the gym," says Dr. Travis Stork, host of The Doctors and author of The Lean Belly Prescription and The Doctor's Diet. "Fill your fridge with these items, and you'll be on your way to a leaner belly in no time flat and have fun doing it."
"Beans are loaded with fiber and protein, so they fill you up without filling you out," says Dr. Stork, who suggests putting them in burritos, soups and salads.
Dr. Stork explains that eggs are loaded with protein, can curb cravings and help build muscle. "Don't fear the yolk," he says, pointing to a recent study showing that people who ate two eggs instead of a bagel for breakfast lost 65 percent more weight over an 8-week period."
"Berries have so many antioxidants," says Dr. Stork, adding that they're loaded with vitamins and fiber.
Harvard Medical School researchers found that people who ate three servings of dairy daily were 60 percent less likely to be overweight. In addition to milk, Dr. Stork suggests Greek yogurt or cheese, which contain calcium and vitamin D, essential vitamins for bone health.
"When choosing grains, go with whole grain," Dr. Stork advises. "White acts like sugar in the blood."