LIFESTYLE & COMMUNITY

9 Worst Things You Can Do On An Empty Stomach: From Drinking Coffee To Having Arguments

Date June 1, 2018

How do you feel when you skip breakfast or other meals of the day? Certainly, not your best, we guess. Not only does hunger cause physical discomfort, but it also affects your mood and thinking. When you try to do things on an empty stomach, it’s hard to focus on the task at hand instead of thinking about food. Hunger can also make you irritable, even aggressive, and you become more impulsive when you haven’t eaten anything.

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Sure, there are things that must be done on an empty stomach, such as certain medical tests. But unless you have a very serious reason not to eat, go ahead and eat your breakfast and other meals so you'll feel well, both physically and emotionally.

There are certain things you shouldn’t do if you haven’t eaten. Below, we list some of them.

9 things not to do on an empty stomach

If you haven’t had a meal or at least a snack, don’t do this:

1. Drink coffee

Many of us are in the habit of drinking coffee in the morning before doing anything else. But drinking coffee on an empty stomach can upset it, so it’s best to have your coffee during or after breakfast, not before it.

2. Shop for groceries

When you go grocery shopping when hungry, you are much more likely to give in to cravings and buy sugary and fatty foods you never intended to purchase. Eat something before you go to the store, and you’ll be better able to stick to your shopping list.

3. Chew gum

Gum was designed to clean your teeth after meals, so why chew it without eating anything before it? Chewing gum on an empty stomach can cause irritation of the stomach lining, so use the gum as intended and spit it out after 10-15 minutes.

4. Take NSAIDs

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The labels on non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and many other medicines make it clear that you shouldn’t take them before meals. If the labels (or instructions) of medicines you’re using say to take them during or after meals, do as directed. Otherwise, the medicines may not produce the desired effect and may even cause a bleeding in your GI tract.

5. Eat spicy or acidic foods

Eating spicy and acidic foods on an empty stomach may cause irritation, discomfort, and heartburn. If you are a fan of intense taste of such foods, at least mix them with something bland at meals.

6. Exercise

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No, you aren’t going to burn more calories if you exercise on an empty stomach. What’s more, you won’t have the energy for the desired performance if you haven’t eaten anything before your exercise session. Eat something before you work out to achieve maximum results.

7. Make important decisions

Hunger can inhibit self-control and make you more impulsive. So, if there’s an important decision to make, eat something to think reasonably.

8. Argue with someone

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There’s a reason why the Oxford Dictionary accepts the word “hangry” as the real word. When you’re hungry, you become irritable and snappy, which makes you more likely to say things you are going to regret later. Eat something before having a conversation, and you’ll be calm, measured, and composed when speaking.

9. Go to sleep

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We don’t mean stuffing yourself before going to bed. Have a light dinner a few hours before bedtime, as going to bed on an empty stomach can prevent you from sleeping well.


This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.