When you wake up, your metabolism is usually at its highest, so it's smart to have a healthy, hearty morning meal. Not only will it keep you energized throughout the morning, but you'll also be able to burn it off more easily throughout the day ( you'll head off splurges the are caused by being famished), making weight loss more attainable. In fact, obese women who ate a 600-calorie breakfast shed about 40 pounds in eight months, whereas those who ate smaller morning meals experienced only a 9-pound loss, according to a study conducted at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. The secret? Breakfasts that contained a mix of protein, which helps keep blood sugar levels steady and staves off hunger, and carbs, which satisfy while helping to protect you from cravings later on.
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