BY NOW, ALL UNDERSTAND the importance of fueling up before an intense sweat session, whether it’s one of these 10 high-intensity workouts for weight loss or one of these 25 brutal workout finishers for rapid fat loss and muscle-building.
What you may not know is that you could be sabotaging your workout with the wrong foods.
Here are five foods you want to avoid eating before working out at all costs. And make sure to check out five of the best pre-workout foods that’ll set you up to demolish even the most grueling of workouts.
Skip the pre-workout hummus or lentil soup. Though both of these options are high in protein, the amount of fiber found in legumes can cause uncomfortable bloating and indigestion during your workout.
2. Protein bars
…unless they’re moderate/high-carb.
Nowadays, guys are choosing lower-carb bars, but before a workout your muscles need energy to burn. And depending on how intense your workout is, you’ll need more or less carbs in your bar. Protein itself is a slower-burning source than carbs so it might not give you the immediate jolt you need to power through a demanding lifting session.
3. Carbonated drinks
Energy drinks might seem like a good idea, but unfortunately they can have some nasty side effects like bloating and diarrhea because of the excessive sugar—neither of which you want in the middle of a workout. Certified personal trainer Nate Miyaki says, “I either have people eat nothing pre-workout [if they’ve eaten a mixed meal within the last two to five hours or so, there are plenty of circulating nutrients to fuel the workout, or some simple carbs like one or two pieces of fruit. If the workout is going to be longer than 60-90 minutes, that’s where sipping on a sports drink may be applicable.”