HND: Weight Shifting

We all know that in order to shed a few pounds, we need to spend more calories than we take in. While that formula might sound simple, it’s often anything but.

“It’s not like people don’t know what to do to lose weight, it’s that they have trouble doing it,” says Gale Maleskey, MS, RD, a private practice nutritionist in Bethlehem, PA. “The people I see already know what they’re supposed to eat, so it’s what else we can do,” she adds. Here are 16 weight-loss tips and tricks from Maleskey and other registered dietitians to help make the process a little smoother. For more information about healthy supplements visit

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Get more sleep.

“We tend to put sleep on the back burner,” says Jennifer McDaniel, MS, RDN, a nutritionist in private practice in St. Louis, MO. “We think we have to get the laundry done, or the house needs to be perfectly clean or we get lost in a TV show, but people have to be serious about getting consistent, regular sleep if they want to get the most weight loss.” She points to studies where people who got 8 hours of sleep, compared to 6.5 hours or less, had much more weight loss, particularly in the abdominal region. Another study out of Brigham Young University suggested that following a regular sleep schedule led to less body fat. McDaniel adds that when people are already on lower-calorie diets, they’re more successful when they get more sleep. Check more about exipure.

Don’t skip breakfast.

“Usually people say they’re not hungry for breakfast, but I tell them they should train themselves to be hungry in the morning,” says Jodi Greebel, MS, RDN, a dietitian in private practice in New York. “If you skip breakfast, you end up going 15, 16, 17 hours without eating, and it almost makes your body think it’s starving,” she says. And when your body thinks it’s starving, it wants to hold on to its calories. Greebel notes that your body is more efficient at burning food when it’s fed. “Having breakfast is really important to get your metabolism going,” she adds. If you’re always rushed in the a.m., give these quick breakfast recipes a try, improve your results by reading these meticore real reviews.

Give probiotics a chance.

“Certain strains of bacteria found in some probiotics can improve a sense of satiety and raise blood levels of mood-improving biochemicals, like serotonin,” says Maleskey. “I often suggest to people who have tried and failed with other weight-loss measures—and they have some other reason where probiotics would help (like digestive issues)—that probiotics might help.” Several strains of Lactobacillus, including L. rhamnosus and L. plantarum, have received a lot of research; various studies have shown an improvement in cholesterol and triglycerides, as well as a reduction in BMI, belly fat and food cravings. That said, Maleskey cautions that “you can’t take a probiotic for a week and lose 5 pounds, but I think, over time, it can be helpful.”; For more information about healthy and natural probiotics visit

Research also suggests that a strain of bacteria produces serotonin, the “feel good hormone.” It can help reduce food cravings and depression, so you may actually eat less. Says Maleskey, “There’s no doubt that your gut produces serotonin, and if you have more of it circulating in your body, you’re less likely to get depressed.” In some people, feeling bad drives eating behavior, leading to poorer food choices. A blue mood “certainly makes it harder for people to impose another form of self-discipline,” like a diet, she adds.