This Is Exactly What Doctors Eat When They Want to Get in Shape

Kelsey Clark

Everyone has a go-to detox meal they turn to after a long weekend with friends or an indulgent holiday. But no one knows how to detox quite like doctors do; they know exactly which foods to turn to when trying to flush toxins, banish bloat, and even shed a few unwanted pounds. For some much-needed insight, Mindbodygreen reached out to its team of esteemed doctors, authors, and health experts to curate the healthiest meals possible. Below, find out exactly what health professionals eat when they're trying to cut calories and get back in shape:

A Kale Salad + Protein Dressing

"One staple from my kitchen when I want to drop a few pounds is to make a large hearty and cleansing salad with thinly sliced kale, cabbage, cucumbers, fennel, and dress with a thick dressing and add seeds. The dressing I love this time of year is a blend of cannellini beans, capers, garlic, lemon, fresh ginger, apple cider vinegar, and extra-virgin olive oil. This gives me the slow carbs I need to nourish my adrenals and thyroid, plus enough protein to prevent loss of lean body mass." — Sara Gottfried, MD, author of Younger

Avocados + Coconut Oil

"Avocados are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and coconut oil is rich in saturated fat and medium-chain triglycerides. The important thing to note about fat is that healthy fats such as these do not cause weight gain; they actually control appetite, balance blood sugar, and reduce insulin resistance—one of the key issues at play with weight-loss resistance." — Vincent Pedre, MD, author of Happy Gut

Wild-Caught Salmon + Leafy Vegetables

"My favorite foods to promote weight loss are healthy fat sources like wild-caught salmon. Research points to fatty fish being able to reduce the fat-storing hormone leptin and also being an awesome source of protein. Green leafy vegetables like spinach and watercress are also great for so many reasons. One important way they help with shedding the pounds is by feeding your healthy gut bacteria. This promotes your microbiome to make more of the fat-burning short-chain fatty acid butyrate." — Will Cole, DC, instructor of The Elimination Diet

Head over to Mindbodygreen for more, and read up on our favorite doctor-approved breakfast recipes

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