Don't skip breakfast

On the surface, it seems like the ultimate diet shortcut: Skip breakfast, hold out until lunch and you could cut calories and lose weight -- and all you have to do is listen to your belly growl all morning.

But skipping breakfast won't actually help you to lose weight. In many cases, you could gain it -- and I'll tell you more about that in a moment.

First, new research shows that skipping breakfast can lead to something worse than weight gain: Men who pass on a morning meal have a 27 percent higher risk of heart problems such as heart attack and heart disease.

Looks like breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.

Men who skip breakfast are also more likely to be overweight, have high cholesterol, high blood pressure and even diabetes, according to the new study of nearly 27,000 male health professionals.

The study didn't include women, but there's no reason to believe they wouldn't share the same risks -- because skipping breakfast can set in motion a chain of events that can haunt you for the rest of the day.

In many cases, people who skip breakfast tend to eat more later, which is why a study I told you about last year found that people who skip breakfast eat 20 percent more at lunch.

Making matters worse, skipping breakfast can make you crave high-calorie junk foods such as pizza instead of the healthy options you know you should be eating.

So eat breakfast -- but also make sure you eat a good breakfast. And that includes the one breakfast item your own doctor has probably told you to avoid: eggs.

Despite what you've heard, eggs are a terrific source of healthy fats and protein -- and the cholesterol in eggs won't actually raise your blood levels of cholesterol, making it the ultimate guilt-free morning treat.

More importantly, people who eat eggs for breakfast tend to stay fuller longer and even have a smaller lunch -- so eating a little more now can actually help you to eat less later on.