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“Many college students try to save calories by skipping breakfast,” says Russell. “This plan will backfire since it slows down your metabolism, which can actually cause weight gain.” Breakfast is of the most importance. If you really can’t make it to the dining hall before class, Russell recommends keeping Greek yogurt and instant oatmeal in your dorm room fridge so you can easily grab something on the go. Kordecki also warned against skipping meals and suggested using your phone’s alarm feature to help you stay on track with meal times. “Or just follow a traditional mealtime pattern such as breakfast upon waking, lunch around noon, a snack around 3 p.m. and dinner around 6 p.m.,” she said. “Proper mealtimes with healthy whole foods will keep your blood sugar regulated and will boost brainpower so you can stay on top of your studies.”