If you're under the impression skipping breakfast is OK if the rest of your meals are healthy-ish, you're doing healthy living wrong. Sure, how our bodies react to skipped meals varies depending on age and overall health but it most certainly has its consequences. According to Transform Health's Lucy Beaumont, not breaking the fast after a night's sleep puts unnecessary strain on the body. "Studies have shown that women who skip breakfast regularly have a 20 percent increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes," says Lucy. Which isn't the only thing you're at risk of — insulin resistance and blood pressure problems are on the list too. Men aren't off the hook either, regularly skipping breakfast puts them at an increased risk of heart disease.
Lucy adds that avoiding the first meal of the day leads to overeating throughout the rest of the day and makes those unhealthy high-calorie options even more appealing. "It can also be detrimental to your workout goals — low blood sugar after a skipped meal, reduced energy combined with the demands of work and daily life mean that you are more likely to ditch your workout after skipping a meal," says Lucy. So let's all agree to make breakfast the most important meal of the day!