10 Reasons You Should Never Skip Breakfast

There's a reason breakfast is known as the most important meal of the day.

10 Reasons You Should Never Skip Breakfast

You might have heard that breakfast is a great way to start the day, but have you ever wondered why? Eating breakfast can help you get a jump-start on your daily nutritional needs while providing you with energy for even the busiest days. Find out more about why this meal is so important!

More: Take the Breakfast Challenge


It Packs a Nutritional Punch

Breakfast's powerful nutritional benefits only occur if you eat the right types of foods. Shop and cook carefully — many cereals and ready-made breakfasts are high in sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats, all of which can contribute to diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. Steer clear of juice (it can have as much sugar as soda!) and stick to whole grains (like oatmeal), fruits, vegetables, and healthy sources of lean protein (think: eggs or fish).

Watch: Dr. Oz Reveals How Much Sugar Is in Juice

Nuts May Be Your Best Snack to Help Maintain Weight Loss — Here's Why

It could also help lower your heart rate and bad cholesterol.

Is trying to lose weight — and keep it off — driving you nuts? Well, maybe it should drive you to nuts. New findings published in the journal Nutrients highlight the power nuts may have on successful weight loss.

Nuts vs. Pretzels

UCLA researchers put 95 overweight or obese folks ages 30–68 on a diet that provided 500 calories less than needed to maintain their resting metabolic rate for 12 weeks, then maintenance for another 12. The diet included 1.5 ounces of mixed nuts for half the group and pretzels for the others (both "snacks" delivered the same amount of calories).

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