14 Ways To Build A Healthier Breakfast 08/02/2011 08:25 am ET | Updated Oct 02, 2011 197 iVillage by Karen Asp for iVillage 1 of 14 Don't Skip It An estimated 56 percent of Americans do, which means they're missing out on some important morning meal benefits. For example, people who eat breakfast are better able to focus and concentrate throughout the day. Long term, morning munchers find it easier to maintain a healthy weight: "When you eat breakfast, you're literally breaking the fast, which kicks your metabolism into gear," says Keri Glassman, R.D., author of The O2 Diet. Breakfast fans also tend to eat fewer calories over the course of a day and aren't as prone to wild swings in blood sugar, which often push people to nosh carb-rich, high-fat foods like cookies and pizza. More from iVillage: Sleep Deprived No More! Cleveland Clinic Experts Answer Your Top 10 Qs 7 Foods That Lower Cholesterol Best Ways to Treat Depression Without Drugs Share this slide: RELATED: What a doctor eats for breakfast from Prevention: More: Healthy Living Nutrition Healthy Living Body Breakfast Recipes Healthy Breakfasts FOLLOW HEALTHY LIVING facebook pinterest Suggest a correction GET THE NEWSLETTER Enter your email address to get top stories and blog posts emailed to you each day. FOLLOW HUFFPOST HuffPost Healthy Living HuffPost Healthy Living HuffingtonPost Available on the App Store Android App on Google Play Get it at Blackberry App World HUFFPOST NEWSLETTERS Enter your email address to get top stories and blog posts emailed to you each day. Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements. Learn More.