1. Breakfast skippers could face higher heart risk

    The one shortcut you should never take

    You know what happens when you take shortcuts.

    Sometimes, you really do get where you're going faster... but usually, you find yourself backing out of a dark alley riddled with potholes big enough to swim in.

    That's just as true with your health as it is on the streets, as new research reveals the ugly truth about one of the most common shortcuts of all.

    Skipping breakfast won't speed you on the path toward better health and weight loss.

    It could put you in the express lane to heart disease and diabetes!

    Now, I've already shared with you research on how eating breakfast helps you to eat less overall, so you're more likely to lose weight.

    But the new study goes even further.

    It reveals what happens deep inside your body... on a cellular level... when you skip breakfast too often.

    In the study, 49 people were asked to either eat a full breakfast or hold off on eating until 11 a.m.

    Some of them were lean... and missing breakfast didn't matter a whole lot for them. In some ways, in fact, it may have helped.

    But that's not what happened in the obese folks.

    Skipping breakfast caused changes in their fat cells on a genetic level. When they missed out on their morning meals, those cells got even slower and lazier, making them less likely to respond to insulin and unable to burn off body-wrecking sugars.

    These are the kinds of changes that lead to insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, and an early death.

    In other words, if you need to drop a few pounds -- and these days, who doesn't? -- don't even think about taking the shortcut.

    Eat your breakfast. Eat breakfast every day.

    Just make sure it's a GOOD breakfast.

    Avoid the traditional carbs, especially cereal, toast, and juice (a.k.a. carbs, carbs, and more carbs), and get back to the kind of breakfast grandma used to make.

    Eggs are just perfect. They're not only a healthy protein filled with the right balance of essential fats... they're also satisfying, having been proven to help satiate the "hunger hormones" so you don't start looking for snacks in the middle of the morning.

    That effect even carries over into the afternoon, as folks who eat eggs for breakfast consume fewer calories at lunch. Better mornings make for better days -- and it starts by eating a decent breakfast.

    No wonder it's the most important meal of the day.

  2. Skipping breakfast won’t lead to weight loss

    This diet fad is a diet dud

    The other day, I saw a Christmas display in a store.

    Christmas! In October!

    I love the holiday as much as anyone, but this sure strikes me as early -- and Christmas isn't the only thing arriving ahead of schedule this year.

    The daffy diet plans that usually hit the press around New Year's are also turning up and making waves.

    They're a bad idea after the holidays -- no matter how much you've gained from the festivities -- and they're certainly a bad idea now.

    The one making headlines today is especially lousy, because the study behind it doesn't even prove that it'll work for most people.

    Here's the gist of the latest, and it's something you've no doubt heard of and maybe even tried yourself: Skip breakfast.

    Take what mom called the "most important meal of the day" and toss it.

    Hold out until lunch, and you can expect to eat more -- later than you normally would -- but the new study claims you'll still eat about 353 fewer calories per day overall.

    Given the general rule of thumb of 3,500 calories in a pound, that means you could drop a pound about every 10 days.

    Researchers claim it works a little like fasting, resetting the body to use energy more efficiently and fight off weight gain.

    Sounds good, right?

    Of course it does.

    But you need to do to this study what they want you to do to breakfast... and skip it!

    This study wasn't on folks like you or me.

    It focused entirely on adolescent girls, who pretty much have athletes' metabolisms, and it lasted just three days.

    YOU can't expect those same results, and the studies prove it. Skipping breakfast throws your body's appetite hormones so far off track that they won't be back in time for dinner.

    You'll end up eating MORE -- not less -- and your metabolism will reset in all the wrong ways. So, even if you do eat less, it'll be much harder to lose weight.

    That's why folks who skip breakfast tend to weigh more -- and obesity isn't the only risk. One recent study finds that folks who pass on their morning meal have harder arteries.

    The less you eat, the stiffer the arteries.

    That's not a diet. That's practically a death sentence!

    Clearly, you need your breakfast. Just make sure it's a healthy one. Start with some eggs, as studies show that making them the center of your mornings will lead to less snacking and smaller lunches.

    That sounds like a good way to diet any time of year.

  3. Breakfast can help you avoid metabolic syndrome

    Eating breakfast every day can help prevent metabolic syndrome, according to a long-term study.
  4. Skipping breakfast will not help you lose weight

    Studies show that skipping breakfast will not help you lose weight, and instead may cause you to overeat, make poor food choices and gain even more weight.
  5. Skipping breakfast can boost heart risk

    Skipping breakfast might sound like a great way to diet -- but new research shows it can increase the risk of heart attack.
  6. Eating breakfast leads to better glucose control

    Skipping breakfast isn’t a good way to diet. It’s a lousy way to diet -- and new research shows how a morning meal can help control blood sugar through lunch.
  7. Why eating breakfast is important

    Breakfast can do more than give you a burst of energy in the morning. It can also help make sure you don't eat too much at lunch.
  8. Common cereals are more than 40 percent sugar

    Instead of changing your own habits here in 2012, make one change for someone else: your kids. Stop giving them cereal.
  9. Bigger breakfasts aren't better

    A new study flips the cereal bowl right over--because researchers have found that people who eat more at breakfast simply eat more, period.
  10. Eat your breakfast

    It's not just a great way to give yourself the energy and nutrients you need for the day--it might just save your life.

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