The Best and Worst Pre-Workout Foods

The Best and Worst Pre-Workout Foods

by Posted on: July 27, 2016Categories: LiveWell 24/7   

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It’s tough to know what your body needs before a workout. You want to fuel your body with the energy it needs to perform, however, you don’t want to overload your digestive system. We’ve come up with a general list of do’s and don’ts to maximize your workout!

Do’s: 

Bananas: Bananas are full of fast acting carbs that are easily digested. They will also provide your body with potassium and the healthy sugars your body needs to perform at its best.

Oats: Although oatmeal contains fiber, it releases carbs to your body slowly throughout your workout for energy.

Caffeine: Caffeine will give you the energy you need, while speeding up the the rate of fat burning in the body.

Smoothies: Most smoothies contain simple and complex carbs that help fuel your workout at a rapid pace before as well as throughout your workout.

Don’ts: 

Citrus: The acid may cause your stomach to be upset.

Fiber: Limit the amount of fiber you intake at least two hours before your workout. This may cause cramps and bloating.

Dairy: Dairy disrupts your airways during your workout, causing you to slow down.

Hummus: Hummus definitely has its health benefits, however, it is not what your body wants before a workout. Hummus contains indigestible carbohydrates that will cause bloating and discomfort.

Avocado: Avocado and other healthy fats are good for every other part of your day, aside from right before your work out. These fats take awhile to digest and may weigh you down during your workout.

Quantity matters just as much as quality. Be sure to have a snack and not a meal!

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