We all know that hunger makes us buy more food than we actually need. In fact, an empty stomach makes us more acquisitive even in non-food stores. According to research, the internal message of “I want food“ gets pared down to simply ”I want,” and the famished person obeys that message by buying things.
- Advice: Besides a shopping list made in advance, paying with cash can also help you save money. Further research shows that people tend to spend less when they pay with cash instead of a credit card.
2. Drink citrus juice
The acid and tough fibers contained in citrus fruits irritate your empty stomach, which is especially dangerous for those who have gastritis or are at risk of developing it.
- Advice: Freshly squeezed citrus juice will bring nothing but benefits if you dilute it with water in a 1:1 ratio (for those with hyperacidity) or 2:1 (for all others). By the way, there are other foods besides citruses that shouldn’t be eaten on an empty stomach. You can find out what they are by watching this video.
Researchers have proven that hunger makes us less composed. It happens because self-control requires energy, which is in short supply when the stomach is empty.
- Advice: If you don’t have time to eat before a discussion, drink something warm, and offer it to your opponent too. This will make the conversation more amicable.
The promised bonus: What you can do when you’re hungry
You’re probably guessing that the most apt thing you can do is to eat some food. But there are other, less obvious things that are best done on an empty stomach.
- Solve problems. Your ability to concentrate and attentiveness becomes more acute when you’re hungry. According to researchers, this is the legacy of our early ancestors who had to focus all their efforts to get food. The hunger hormone ghrelin also helps to perform various tasks, stimulating brain activity.
- Make choices. If you can’t decide on what to choose — a red skirt or a jean jumpsuit? — try doing it on an empty stomach. Research shows that hunger leads people into more successful, even though more impulsive, decisions. Of course, you’d better not use this method when matters of finances, relationships, or health are at stake.