Nothing but the truth: Skipping breakfast and lunch because you’re too busy to eat, yet wolfing down a double-cheeseburger on the way home can lead to weight gain. New research presented at this year’s Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Food Expo showed that breakfast-skippers tended to weigh more and practiced more unhealthy eating habits (such as eating high-calorie snacks) than those who eat breakfast. “Skipping meals is also a sure way to skimp on nutrients that your body needs to perform at its best,” says Keri Gans, a New York-based nutrition consultant and author of The Small Change Diet (Gallery, 2011). Plus, eating a healthful breakfast and lunch should not take away from your ability to enjoy dinner, says Gans.
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