Myths Surround Breakfast And Weight

09/10/2013 03:19pm ET | Updated November 10, 2013
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Skipping breakfast, the thinking goes, increases hunger throughout the day, making people overeat and seek out snacks to compensate for missing that first - and some would say most important - meal of the day.

"Eating a healthy breakfast is a good way to start the day," according to the Web site of the United States surgeon general, "and may be important in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight."

But new research shows that despite the conventional weight-loss wisdom, the idea that eating breakfast helps you lose weight stems largely from misconstrued studies.