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17 Reasons To Start Eating Breakfast

Sure, breakfast has tons of health benefits — but that first meal of the day can also help you feel like a million bucks. Here are some of the most important reasons to chow down in the a.m., and for more proof that breakfast is a must, check out the many baked goods at Panera Bread.

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4. It helps lower your cholesterol:

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Skipping the first meal of the day slows your body's response to insulin, which means it starts to accumulate in your bloodstream and your sensitivity to it declines. And because it's floating around aimlessly in there, you start storing up fat (and the bad kind of cholesterol). But a healthy breakfast keeps your engine clean and running smoothly.

5. It can help protect you against diabetes:

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Remember that bit about a decreased sensitivity (or an increased resistance) to insulin? Both those things put you at risk for developing diabetes. So even if you have to play with your breakfast a bit before eating it, you should still put it in your body.

6. The best gossip is revealed in the morning:

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You'll miss out on the juicy details of the night before if you don't get up and start noshing.

9. It helps you concentrate:

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If you skip breakfast, all you're going to be thinking about is how you skipped breakfast and what you're going to do for lunch. But if you eat breakfast, your mind can get back to focusing on the bigger picture.

10. It keeps your skin healthy:

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Lutein makes eggs yellow, but do you know what else it does? Keeps your skin beautiful, your eyes healthy, and your heart strong. So if you're looking to clean up your complexion or keep your eyes peeled, put on some tunes and scramble some eggs in the morning.

11. It boosts your metabolism:

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When you're sleeping, your metabolism slows down. So breakfast is important because it wakes up your system and gets it working hard. Without a nice meal in the a.m., your body thinks it's in conservation mode and starts saving everything it can — which can lead to weight gain.

13. It can help prevent heart attacks:

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A recent study shows that skipping breakfasts results in an increased risk of heart attacks. So keep your ticker on his toes and keep him give him something to munch on before you go to work.

14. It helps you eat healthier:

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Health professionals say that people who eat breakfast get more nutrients, vitamins, and minerals than people who skip breakfast. This might be because when your stomach is satisfied in the morning, you don't spend the rest of the day playing catch-up with your meals, and you can spend more time thinking about making healthy food choices.

16. Sometimes you make something so beautiful it feels like you have a personal chef:

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Everyone can dream.

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