You may think the answer is simple: Eat less. But the usual means of weight loss people try — starving themselves or going on fad diets — simply do not work. Losing weight doesn't mean going hungry; it means eating well. Read on to find out how to do it.
Skipping breakfast is a lot like skipping rope: neither gets you anywhere. Although lots of people think they'll cut calories by cutting breakfast, the opposite is true. Studies show that eating breakfast helps you consume fewer total calories for the day. One national U.S. health and nutrition survey found that men who eat breakfast weigh about 2.7 kilograms (6 pounds) less than men who skip it; women weigh 4 kilograms (9 pounds) less. And a 10-year study of almost 2,400 adolescent girls showed that those who ate any kind of breakfast had lower BMIs than girls who did not. People who eat cereal for breakfast have lower BMIs than people who skip breakfast or dine on meat and eggs.