A new study, which appears in the March issue of Pediatrics, suggests that if you want to lose weight, you gotta eat more. Specifically, more breakfast. The New York Times has the details.

The authors found a direct relationship between eating breakfast and body mass index; the more often an adolescent had breakfast, the lower the B.M.I. And whether they looked at the data at a given point or analyzed changes over time, that relationship persisted.

What’s more, the study was controlled for “age, sex, race, socioeconomic status, smoking and concerns about diet and weight,” so the researchers weren’t just playing around. Although you’re taking in more calories (and cholesterol) by eating breakfast regularly, you’re also curtailing snacking later in the day and promoting better nutritional habits.

Not exactly sexy, but definitely wholesome and life-affirming.

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