(NaturalNews) Remembering to eat a hearty, healthy breakfast every morning  before starting your day just might make all the difference in determining your  likelihood of becoming overweight, ill, or both. A recent study out of Imperial College London (ICL) found that breakfast really does seem to be  the most important meal of the day, as it not only trains the senses to desire  healthier foods, but also deters cravings to binge out on unhealthy junk foods  throughout the day.
Tony Goldstone and his colleagues at IRC’s MRC  Clinical Science Centre made inroads into better understanding this phenomenon  by conducting brain scans on a group of people who were deprived of breakfast on  some days, and given a full breakfast on other days. 21 men and women, all of  whom were roughly 25 years of age, were shown pictures of various foods each day  and asked to rate their desirability after having either eaten breakfast or not  eaten breakfast.
After conducting scans on the participants’ brains under  both circumstances, the team learned that skipping breakfast tends to trigger  activity in regions of the brain that prompt cravings for high-calorie junk  foods, which typically contain high amounts of processed sugars and unhealthy  fats. When participants ate a full breakfast; however, they were much less  likely to have such desires, and instead stuck to a fairly regular eating  plan.
“Not surprisingly, when [the participants] are fasted they are  hungry and they rate the high-calorie foods as more appealing than when they are  fed,” said Goldstone about the findings. “For low-calorie foods, the effect is  not as marked. When they come out of the scanner, they are given lunch and they  eat more when they haven’t had breakfast.”

Not eating breakfast could be damaging your long-term health

The  irregularity in eating habits that results from not eating breakfast also tends  to cause individuals to eat more food in general. Depending on someone’s  personal food choices, this excess eating can lead to weight  gain, obesity, high cholesterol, and other health problems. Starting the day  off right with an energy-dense, high-protein meal, on the other hand, can help  effectively regulate blood sugar levels throughout the day, tame sugar and fat  cravings, and promote lasting vitality.
According to a study presented at  the American Heart Association (AHA)’s annual conference back in 2003,  eating breakfast can  actually help reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular illness.  Because it stimulates proper blood sugar production and regulation, eating  breakfast can help protect the heart, vital organs, digestive system, and brain  from damage, as well as promote longevity.
Another 2003 study published  in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that people who regularly  skip breakfast are 450 percent more likely to become obese than people who  regularly eat breakfast. Eating fast food for breakfast; however, was found to  have similar health risks as not eating any breakfast at all.