Good health starts at breakfast

Mom always said breakfast was the most important meal of the day -- and you know what? She was right.

A good morning meal can set your body up for the rest of the day, giving you energy, controlling your blood sugar and cutting off cravings before they even start.

Now, new research shows what happens if you spend years skipping breakfast, and it's not pretty: You could gain a whole bunch of weight and even find yourself battling metabolic syndrome and diabetes.

In the study, researchers tracked a group of teens for an average of nearly three decades. That's from high school right up through middle age. And by the time these "kids" were pushing 50, the ones who ate breakfast regularly were in much better shape overall.

The ones who skipped it? They were pictures of poor health, up to 68 percent more likely to be suffering from metabolic syndrome than the ones who followed mom's advice to eat breakfast every day.

That means missing breakfast could put you on the path toward diabetes, heart disease and an early death. And while the patients in the study were kids -- at least at the start -- other studies have found similar results at nearly every age.

It's even true over the short term. For example, dieters who think skipping breakfast will help them to lose weight actually find just the opposite is true.

One recent study even found that dieters who make sure to eat breakfast every day lose weight faster than dieters who skip the meal -- in part because when you force yourself to go hungry, you overcompensate later on.

And by the end of the day, you're eating everything in sight -- up to 20 percent more at lunch alone, according to another recent study.

So go ahead and eat your breakfast. Just be sure you eat right. Toast and cereal washed down with OJ might make for the kind of breakfast you see in TV commercials, but a truly healthy breakfast starts with eggs.

Eggs can help you feel fuller longer, so you don't overeat later in the day. You can read more about that in this free report from my House Calls archives.