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Why Breakfast Is the Most Important Meal of the Day

Some people skip breakfast in an effort to lose weight, but that's not a good idea -- it can backfire.

Skipping meals, especially breakfast, can actually make weight control more difficult. Breakfast skippers tend to eat more food than usual at the next meal, or nibble on high-calorie snacks to stave off hunger.

Several studies suggest that people tend to add more body fat when they eat fewer, larger meals than when they eat the same number of calories in smaller, more frequent meals.

Why Kids Need Breakfast

While adults need to eat breakfast each day to perform their best, kids need it even more. Their growing bodies and developing brains need regular refueling often, from food. When kids skip breakfast, they don't get what they need to be at their best.

Short on time? Eating a wholesome, nutritious morning meal will probably save you time in the long run. By recharging the brain and body, you'll be more efficient in just about everything you do.

Interestingly, studies show that kids who skip breakfast are tardy and absent from school more often than children who eat breakfast on a regular basis. Preparing a good breakfast can be as quick and easy as splashing some milk over cereal, or making oatmeal or a healthy smoothie.

You could also consider enrolling your children in a school breakfast program, if possible, or pack a breakfast brown bag or smoothie the night before that they can eat on their way to school.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD on July 02, 2012

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