Narrator: This is Science Today. If you feel like losing a few pounds and think skipping breakfast might help … think again. According to Lisa Scott, a clinical nutritionist at the University of California, San Francisco, breakfast is the most important meal and one you may not want to miss.
Scott: Eating breakfast gets your motor going. It gets your body burning calories and if you skip breakfast and you go straight to lunch, then your body doesn't burn as many calories in the day and it sounds funny because you actually might be eating more if you're eating breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Narrator: And Scott says dieters often fail to realize that just changing one's eating habits doesn't always work in the long run.
Scott: It can help you lose weight, but without exercise, it's very hard to lose weight because exercise burns calories. It actually allows you to eat more than what you normally do because you're burning so many calories. So you want to definitely combine both. You want to try and watch your diet and also exercise.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.