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Shed Pounds by Eating Breakfast

Skipping breakfast sets you up for high-calorie eating, so follow these tips to fit a meal into the busiest of mornings.

By Emily Main


If you want to lose weight, eat something before you rush out the door in the morning. According to research presented at the 2012 meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, people who skip out on breakfast are more likely to succumb to the temptation of high-calorie foods later in the day than people who do eat breakfast. It turns out your brain becomes biased towards eating high-calorie foods when you deprive yourself of a good breakfast, so much so that you're apt to eat 20 percent more food on days when you skip breakfast than on days that you do. At the same time, if you aren't eating breakfast, there's probably a reason—and it may not have anything to do with whether you want to. If you're starting your day with too much on your metaphorical plates to find time for actual food, here are some ways to fit it in:

1. Hit the sack a bit sooner.

Not willing to sacrifice 15 minutes or so of sleep time to get up earlier and throw breakfast together? Rather than skimp on sleep in the morning, get to bed 15 minutes earlier at night. If you’re not used to eating at that time of the morning, eat anyway, and stick to the new meal schedule for two weeks. Before too long, your body will begin to anticipate the morning meal and you’ll feel hungry when you wake up.

If that little time shift leaves you too tired to get through your day, you may be sleep deprived. So take a nap. Here's How to Nap at Work—and Why You Should.

Published on: June 17, 2009
Updated on: October 18, 2012

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