The first meal of the day can have a very different meaning for different people.
But how do these morning behaviors really affect weight loss, energy levels and appetite throughout the day? Before you do -- or don't -- dig in, here's a reality check on the biggest breakfast myths:
Ⓧ Myth 1: Breakfast is essential for weight loss.
☑ Reality: Munching in the morning doesn't have a direct effect on dropping pounds.
Ⓧ Myth 2: Skip boxed cereals.
Ⓧ Myth 3: You should eat a meal to fuel your a.m. workout.
☑ Reality: Food will increase your energy; just consider your activity of choice.
Ⓧ Myth 4: Grabbing a bite before work will help you eat less later.
☑ Reality: It's not guaranteed to reduce calorie intake in the afternoon, but eating in the morning does release chemicals to the brain and can also steady glucose levels throughout the day.
Ⓧ Myth 5: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
☑ Reality: It's less about one meal than it is about what you eat over the course of the day.