What you eat before a workout is just as important as what you eat after it, but many supposedly “healthy” foods can work against your fitness goals. Here are some of the most common foods that you should avoid if you’re on your way to the gym.
- Beans. It’s common knowledge that beans cause gas and bloating, and this discomfort around the midsection can have a negative effect on your workout. This can cause stomach discomfort during cardio activities like running, but it’s especially uncomfortable (and potentially embarrassing) during yoga or Pilates.
- Refined sugar. You know that refined sugar is never the best thing to eat, but it’s especially harmful before an intense workout. Consuming a large amount of sugar will give you a sugar rush that can make you feel more energized, but you’ll quickly crash and begin to feel sluggish.
- Salt. Salty foods cause you to become dehydrated, which is hazardous while working out. If you consume a bag of potato chips before hitting the gym, it could cause you to suffer a dehydration headache or muscle cramps.
- Fiber. Cereals, oatmeal, or other high-fiber foods should also be avoided before working out. Fiber helps to improve your digestive tract and is known to, well, speed up the digestion process, which could be hazardous when you’re running on a treadmill.
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