6 Foods You Should Never Eat Before A Workout

by Divyata Raut
FOOD  |  August 22, 2017
  • When Should You Eat?
    1 / 8 When Should You Eat?

    Have a meal only if you have 3-4 hours before your workout. Opt for a snack if you have only 1-2 hours to spare. There are however some foods you should avoid before your workout, as they impede your stamina and strength during exercises.

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  • Wholegrains
    2 / 8 Wholegrains

    Whole grain items take a longer time to digest as they are high in fibre. So even though brown bread and rice are super healthy, avoid them if you only have a few hours before your workout. You can’t be jumping up and down while your stomach is churning and digesting your whole grain snack.

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  • Beans
    3 / 8 Beans

    Beans are a high source of fibre, and the prolonged digestion of this fibre will lead to gas, bloating and discomfort during workouts.

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  • Salad
    4 / 8 Salad

    Crunchy water-based vegetables are not an ideal fuel before a workout. It also doesn’t help that your stomach will spend a long time digesting these fibrous foods as vegetables keep you full for quite a while.

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  • Carbonated Drinks
    5 / 8 Carbonated Drinks

    This goes without saying, coca cola is not an ideal replacement for caffeine before gym class. The fizzy drink causes a rise of gas in your stomach that gives you indigestion and bloating. Super uncomfortable!

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  • Sugar
    6 / 8 Sugar

    Sure, sugar gives you lots of energy. But that only lasts for a short while before your energy levels come crashing back down. Not very ideal in the middle of Bodypump class.

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  • Fried Food
    7 / 8 Fried Food

    Fried foods contain lots of saturated fat which stay in your stomach as they are hard to digest. And why ruin your weight loss efforts with unhealthy fried snacks?

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  • Instead: Eat this
    8 / 8 Instead: Eat this

    If you’re having a meal 3-4 hours before your workout, your best bet is to opt for a mix of carbohydrates, protein and fat. A chicken avocado sandwich is a good choice, or you could opt for cereal and milk. If you only have one hour before your workout begins, go for a banana.

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