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Second Breakfast Better Than None at All, Says Science

Are we really better off eating two breakfasts than none at all? Research says yes.

Second Breakfast Better Than None at All, Says Science
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Second Breakfast Better Than None at All, Says Science

Are we really better off eating two breakfasts than none at all? Research says yes.

Breakfast is like the golden child of all the meals—people always rave about it and admire breakfast for its contributions to feeling great for the rest of the day. We've had it ingrained into our lives that it should be eaten every day in order to be healthy. ("It's the most important meal of the day." How many times have you heard that one?) Now, a study confirms that eating a second breakfast can be even more beneficial for weight loss!

Here's how it all went down: A new study was published in the journal Pediatric Obesity by lead researchers at Yale and the University of Connecticut and they revealed that children who skip breakfast are more likely to be overweight or obese than kiddos who had two breakfasts. They came to this finding by following 600 students between fifth and seventh grade for three years and tracking their weight as they ate no breakfast at all, one breakfast at home, or one at home and a second at school every morning.

As nice as two breakfasts sounds, that doesn't mean getting a second order of waffles at IHOP or indulging in another everything bagel with cream cheese. Breakfasts should be made up of wholesome, good-for-you foods like fruits and whole grains filled with fiber and protein. Eating a breakfast like one of these 25 Overnight Oats That Boost Your Metabolism in The Morning is worthy of that imaginary gold start because it helps burn calories throughout the day and keeps your energy up.

Nonetheless, tons of people are still choosing to skip the most important meal of the day! It's usually skipped for one of two reasons: the chaos of morning leads you to leave home without a proper meal and empty handed, or it's an easy way to cut back on the calories in hopes of dropping the pounds. But skipping this meal can totally throw off your body's rhythm of eating, making your blood sugar levels go out of whack and lowering your energy. You'll be hungrier, less energized later, and more likely to overeat less-healthy foods later. Get your first meal of the day in—or at least make sure your kid does!