Does Skipping Breakfast Help or Hurt a Diet?

If losing weight was a simple math equation, skipping breakfast and the calories that go along with it would be a great way to slim down. However, not eating a morning meal has actually been proven to have the opposite effect on your waistline.

“Just like your mother always said, breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” confirms Dr. Roshini Raj, “Today” contributor and Health magazine contributing medical editor.

Dr. Raj dishes on what makes breakfast so important:

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Studies of both children and adults have shown those who regularly skipped breakfast ended up gaining weight instead of losing it.

That doesn’t mean you can scarf down all the Belgian waffles and bacon you want. A 300-calorie breakfast high in fiber and protein, like eggs, nuts and fruits, will help you feel full and diminish the desire to snack on fatty foods throughout the day.

And if you don’t have time to slave over the stove before walking out the door, Dr. Raj says instant oatmeal is your best bet for a healthy breakfast on the go.

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