Do: Make a tough decision
You’re likelier to make smarter choices on an empty stomach, recent Dutch research found. According to Men’s Health, “Study participants who fasted before taking a series of tests made winning choices 50 per cent of the time, compared with only 40 per cent of the time for folks who ate a meal beforehand.” Study author Dr Denise de Ridder, told the magazine: “Being hungry may make you think less and act more on impulse.” Unlocking your intuitive thinking might help you make the right decision.
Do: Get intimate
Cosying up after date night – if it includes an indulgent meal – might be the exact wrong time, according to MedicalDaily. Digestion requires a lot of the body’s energy resources, which can reduce blood flow crucial for an erection. Feeling bloated or sluggish can dampen women’s libidos as well.
Don’t: Go shopping
You’ve heard not to hit the supermarket while hungry, but feeling ravenous during any kind of shopping might not be the best move for your wallet. In a recent study, researchers looked at the receipts of 81 people exiting a department store; the customers also rated their hunger and mood. Those who were hungrier than average spend 64 per cent more money than those who were less hungry, even after researchers accounted for such factors as mood and time spent shopping.
According to New Scientist, the hormone ghrelin, which is released when we’re hungry, also affects an area of the brain called the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, which is involved in reward and motivation. A study author told the magazine, “If [consumers] go shopping on an empty stomach, they might spend more than they intend to – so better to feed themselves before they go out.”