A new study suggests that eating a regular meal in the morning can help you stay leaner. The study found that adults who eat more often are less likely to gain weight and develop dangerous belly fat.
Mayo Clinic researchers analyzed the breakfast habits of about 350 adults. They found that people who ate breakfast regularly grew on average only about three pounds last year. Those who ate breakfast occasionally put up about five pounds, while those who skipped breakfast gained about eight pounds.
The doctors are still working to uncover the correlation between breakfast and weight, but there is a leading theory.
"If you have a good breakfast in the morning, you are less hungry during the day," Dr. Virend Somers, cardiologist at Mayo Clinic, told CBS News.
The study also found "Eating breakfast reduces the risk of accumulating belly fat, which can be particularly unhealthy."
"It's the fat that creates toxins that damage the blood vessels," Somers said.
Regular breakfast eaters say the results make sense to them
"It makes you feel good to eat well and your meals the rest of the day so you do not collide," said Alison Puzio.
Jewel McPherson agrees. "I never feel like starving, as if I had to exaggerate everything, because I feel energized from the beginning," she said.
Of course, what you eat also plays a role. Somers says that people should generally keep healthier foods like protein and healthy carbohydrates in the morning and try to avoid sugar-filled foods.
Researchers say that having breakfast a habit for young people could help them maintain a healthy weight as an adult.
The study results presented at the 201