Doctors and nutritionists have long agreed that eating breakfast is an important way to start the day. Some say having that first meal is important to helping people lose weight.

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Today on ‘A Healthy You and Carol Alt,’ nutritionist Dr. Joseph Mercola challenged that idea. He argued that people should skip breakfast.

“Our ancestors never had access to food 24/7. And we really only have two fuels that our body can burn through to get energy – sugar and fat. And when you eat three meals a day, including breakfast … you reduce your body’s ability to actually burn fat."

He said it doesn’t necessarily have to be breakfast, as long as the body fasts for periods of six to eight hours.

Dr. Mercola’s recommended diet includes: non-starchy vegetables, 4-6 ounces of protein, and other healthy fats such as coconut oil and nuts. 

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