But for those of you who are skipping breakfast thinking you’re cutting back on calories and helping boost weight loss, you may seriously want to rethink your strategy. A new study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry has found that skipping meals may actually make you gain more belly fat — the specific type of fat linked to many chronic health issues like heart disease and diabetes. Mice used in a study at Ohio State University not only gained weight, but they showed signs of insulin resistance, which means that their livers forgot how to respond to insulin signals telling it to stop producing glucose. The best way to keep your body functioning right? Eat smaller meals throughout the day to keep your blood sugar stable. Even if you don’t have time for breakfast, grab a banana or a healthy granola bar (make sure it’s not packed with sugar!) that will get your body going and let it know it’s not starving.

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