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Why breakfast is the most important meal of the day
You might think that the recommendation not to skip breakfast is just plain good advice. After all, you need enough fuel to make it through the morning, right?
But research has found even more reasons for making room for the "most important meal of the day."
Probably the most appealing benefit is that breakfast jumpstarts your metabolism and, thus, helps you burn more calories throughout the day.
When you eat breakfast you're telling your body that there are plenty of calories to be had for the day. When you skip breakfast the message your body gets is that it needs to conserve rather than burn any incoming calories.
"Studies have found that although people who skip breakfast eat slightly fewer calories during the day, they tend to have higher body mass index or BMI," says Christy C. Tangney, Ph.D., a clinical dietitian at Rush University Medical Center and an expert on the effects of diet and nutrition on heart health.
"We use BMI, the ratio of a person's weight compared to height, as an easy measure of whether someone is in the range of his or her healthy weight or not," she says. "A BMI of 25 or higher, for example, indicates that someone is overweight and needs to take action to come back to their ideal weight."