For the last several years, news reports and studies have raised a question over whether breakfast really was the most important meal of the day.

Various news organizations like The New York Times to scientific journals like The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition have called the practice of a morning meal into question, and new weight-loss approaches like intermittent fasting have put people off their a.m. rituals.

As a result, skipping breakfast entirely—or replacing it with a cup of coffee—has become a real trend among weight-loss devotees.

But when you step out of the world of theoretical science and into the real world, the proof is simply hard to deny. Of people who’ve lost a significant amount of weight and have been able to keep it off, 78% kept the weight off by eating breakfast every day, according to a study done by The National Weight Control Registry.

The researchers concluded that “eating breakfast is a characteristic common to successful weight-loss maintainers.”

While skipping breakfast entirely does save you calories, eating breakfast gives you an opportunity to nourish your body with essential micronutrients and, when done properly, satisfying macronutrients that will keep you full rather than make you fat.

In fact, a high-fiber, high-protein breakfast may be the most important investment you can make in your waistline, according to a Nutrition Journal study. It found that eating breakfast triggered women’s brains to release dopamine, a feel-good chemical that helps to control impulses and reduce food cravings later in the day.

But unless you’re self-employed or living a life of leisure, breakfast needs to be simple and convenient if it’s going to be a regular part of your life. Hence, we bring you these easy breakfast habits for weight loss. For an easy high-protein breakfast try 15 Easy Frittata Recipes That Are Perfect for Weight Loss.

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