Did you make breakfast yet? I know you fed the kids, but what about yourself? If you’re like many women these days, you’re planning to skip breakfast since you’re “not that hungry” and are trying to watch your weight, right?

Well, cut that out! They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day—and it’s true! And not just for early morning brainpower, but it helps metabolism, too.

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are many benefits to breakfast eating, so let’s take a look:

Reduced hunger. Eating breakfast may reduce your hunger later in the day, which may make it easier to avoid overeating. When you skip breakfast, you may feel ravenous later and be tempted to reach for a quick fix — such as vending machine candy or doughnuts at the office. In addition, the prolonged fasting that occurs when you skip breakfast can increase your body’s insulin response, which in turn increases fat storage and weight gain. In fact, skipping breakfast actually increases your risk of obesity.

Healthy choices. Eating breakfast may get you on track to make healthy choices all day. When you eat breakfast, you tend to eat a healthier overall diet, one that is more nutritious and lower in fat. When you skip breakfast, you’re more likely to skip fruits and vegetables the rest of the day, too.

More energy. Eating breakfast may give you energy, increasing your physical activity during the day. A healthy breakfast refuels your body and replenishes the glycogen stores that supply your muscles with immediate energy. Skipping breakfast is associated with decreased physical activity.

So to summarize, EAT YOUR BREAKFAST! And none of that “snack bar and a cup of coffee” nonsense either!

Still need proof that an early morning meal is the way to go? Check out WebMD and Livestrong.com, trusted health and fitness experts, so you don’t have to take my word for it!