The celebrity "diet trick" that will make you fat

Apparently when asked by a reporter how she stayed so rail thin some celebrity flippantly replied, "Oh I skip breakfast. It's just coffee and a cigarette for me." And instantly a new Hollywood "diet trick" was born.

The only problem is this trick is no treat -- because if you do make a habit of skipping breakfast instead of slimming down you'll end up packing on the pounds.

Not only does a good breakfast give you the fuel you need to make it through the morning, it also helps you steer clear of bad food choices later in the day.

In one study, when volunteers were told to skip breakfast not only did they slog through the morning with grumbly tummies, they pigged out at lunch time too. In fact, they ate about 20 percent more at lunch on no-breakfast days!

Not exactly the best way to lose weight or stay celebrity slim.

Even worse, the starved volunteers were much more likely to reach for calorie-packed junk foods. And on the skipping breakfast days when they were shown pictures of "comfort foods" like pizza and chocolate cake the area of their brains responsible for mood and decision making lit up like Christmas trees.

In another study, on a group of school kids this time, researchers found that the obese and overweight kids were skipping breakfast more often and took significantly smaller portions than the slim and normal kids.

And in a huge analysis that evaluated the result of 47 different studies scientists concluded that while breakfast eaters tend to eat more calories in a day they were also less likely to be overweight.

Look, you really don't need me to tell you that taking advice from a celebrity is seldom a good idea. The bottom line here is skipping breakfast is bound to backfire on you.

Instead, just choose healthy protein packed foods that are naturally low in sugar like eggs or a protein shake. They will fuel you up for the day, and keep you from feeling hungry and overeating to boot.