Similar to what we put in our stomachs, what we do before eat impacts our health just as much. Believe it or not, you can put yourself in serious peril by not eating enough while performing everyday activities.
Below, are the top nine things you shouldn’t do on an empty stomach that can endanger your overall health, wallet, and livelihood.
1. Shop Around
You should never go shopping on an empty stomach, you’ll only spend your money on unhealthy food that won’t benefit your health. In fact, according to researchers, your “I want food” message and “I want” message sometimes gets confused when you’re shopping and hungry at the same time, which leads to you purchasing things you simply don’t need. Instead, before you go shopping prepare a list on what you need to get to avoid yourself getting sidetracked. Additionally, you should only use cash so you’re limited to a set amount, rather than using a debit or credit card.
2. Go to Sleep
Feeling hungry at night and low glucose can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep and waking up earlier than you want. Additionally, the reason our hunger hormone level increase is due to poor sleeping habits. This is why you would want to eat more in the morning after sleeping badly. However, binge eating after a bad night of sleep is never a good idea. Instead, you should try consuming dairy, such as milk, before bed since it contains high amounts of calcium and magnesium, which can help you get a better night’s sleep.
3. Drink Coffee
Drinking coffee after skipping a meal can lead to a serotonin deficiency, which can cause you to feel bad all day long. Even drinking decaffeinated coffee can cause severe heartburn and a variety of digestive tract issues that can leave you feeling unsettled. Instead, you should try drinking coffee with cream or milk, since milk fat can help reduce the bad side effects of the drink on an empty stomach. However, perhaps you should just opt in for a water instead?
4. Heavy Workouts
Don’t believe the myth that workout out before you eat can burn more calories, it won’t. Not only will you not gain muscle mass, but your workout intensity will be low since your body doesn’t have the necessary energy it needs to exercise. Instead, you should switch your heavy workout with an aerobic exercise. However, all in all, you should just keep eating, while giving yourself plenty of time in between working out.