4 meal-timing tricks for a faster metabolism (slideshow)

1. Always eat breakfast

Breakfast is the meal you’re most likely to skip or skimp on. In fact, 31 million Americans choose not to eat breakfast for one reason or another. But skipping breakfast is a big mistake when it comes to your weight and your health. This particular study found that people who skip breakfast have a higher body mass index (BMI) than those who don’t.

But other studies have unveiled additional reasons skipping breakfast is bad for your health — it slows your metabolism, causes low blood sugar and even messes with your heart health. In fact, one study found that men who skip breakfast are 27 percent more likely to have a heart attack or die from coronary heart disease. Yikes!

Read: Why you should never, ever skip breakfast

Jenny Smiechowski

By Jenny Smiechowski

Jenny Smiechowski is a Chicago-based freelance writer who specializes in health, nutrition and the environment. Her work has appeared in online and print publications like Chicagoland Gardening magazine, Organic Lifestyle Magazine, BetterLife Magazine, TheFix.com, Hybridcars.com and Seedstock.com.