thebaddestdude saidTo be honest anything really. I figure that my body needs all the food that it gets.
Yeah, that's not gonna help....
Diet and nutrition are as important as exercise, especially if you're working toward specific results. You need the fuel for sure, especially if you're working out a lot, but you don't want it to be crap or useless calories... or fuel that you don't end up expending. That extra weight around the belly is just stored energy.
I can't really make any specific recommendations without knowing what you're eating day-to-day, but I'd suggest keeping a food log for a week (just take note of what you're eating, when you're eating, how much you're eating, etc), and then find opportunities to cut out the crap (fast food, fatty foods, unnecessary snacking) and replace it with the good stuff (lean protein, lots of fresh fruits and veggies, natural vs. processed foods, etc).
In terms of the supplements and shakes, I'm actually pretty opposed to them. While I think they can help with some short-term gains (I used some whey protein and creatine supplements when first trying to bulk up), I think they're as bad for your body as a lot of other crap out there. You want more protein? Eat more lean meats, fish, beans, eggs (or egg whites if you're watching the cholesterol), etc. You want more energy? Eat more fresh fruits, leafy veggies, nuts, etc. You want to slim up? Skip the diet pills and look at the fat content of the food you're eating -- cut out as much as possible (or at least keep it within daily recommended values and focus on mono- and poly-unsaturated instead of saturated).
Especially if you're eating a lot of fat and carbs together, your body is just going to keep storing whatever it can't use around your belly. And yeah, you can work out even harder and even longer each day to get rid of it, but why do all that work when you could get the same results just from eating right? And if you want the changes to be permanent, you're going to be a lot better off making permanent changes to your diet.
Anyway, hope that helps! Hit me up if you wanna chat about it.