So far, the study of breakfast’s impact on weight loss is fairly inconclusive according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. While there’s agreement on an association between breakfast and weight management, no one can say for sure whether skipping the first meal of the day contributes to weight gain or if making breakfast skippers eat breakfast will help them lose weight.

True Strength Moment: Breakfast might not be the most important meal to dieters, but it ranks right up there for active adults pursuing ambitious fitness goals. A healthy balanced breakfast providing complete proteins for muscle growth and complex carbohydrates for sustained energy can have a big impact on what you gain from workouts.