Q&A: Is Breakfast Really That Important?

Learn nutritionist Debbie Krivitsky's opinion about skipping breakfast.
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Q. With my busy schedule, I don't have time to eat breakfast. Is it really that important? -Susie Severino, Everette, Massachusetts

A. Breakfast is essential for weight loss. It speeds up your metabolism and fuels your body. Ways to make it easy:

  • Get the next day's breakfast ready before bed. Put 1 cup of whole-grain cereal in a plastic bag. Pack a low-fat yogurt and some berries. Stir the berries and cereal into the yogurt.
  • Opt for grab-and-go options like low-fat string cheese with whole-grain crackers and fruit.
  • Set up a "potluck" breakfast with your co-workers. Each person brings a healthy breakfast to share once a week.

Do you have your own nutrition question? Enter it in the comments section of this story. One question will be selected to be answered by nutritionist Debbie Krivitsky.

Debbie Krivitsky, R.D., is the director of clinical nutrition at Mass General in Boston.

Originally published in the June 2009 issue of Family Circle magazine.

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