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Breakfast—don’t leave home without it

Think skipping breakfast is a good way to slash calories? Think again. According to a two-week study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who skip breakfast put their waistlines—and their hearts—at risk. Researchers found that when the participants—healthy, normal-weight women—skipped breakfast, they had higher cholesterol levels and poorer insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes.

They also ate more calories on nonbreakfast days, which suggests that passing on the morning meal will eventually cause weight gain.