Eating healthily goes hand in hand with exercising, especially if you’re trying to slim down.
You know that you shouldn’t mix some types of food and that before exercising there are some foods you should avoid.
But some so-called healthy foods could play havoc with your workout – like nuts and high-fibre foods.
British wrestling champion Keith McNiven believes that many people embark on a fitness journey without really equipping themselves with the knowledge to help achieve the best results.
The personal trainer and owner of Right Path Fitness also stressed the importance of leaving yourself enough time for your food to digest before pumping iron, otherwise you can experience cramping or discomfort during exercise.
Keith said: “Don’t get us wrong – getting yourself moving is a huge achievement and any form of exercise should be celebrated.
“However, did you know that putting the work in in the kitchen as well as in the gym is the key to getting the results you need?
“What you fuel your body with will have a dramatic effect on the success of your workout, which means it’s important to know what to eat and what not to eat when you’re about to hit the gym.”
Here Keith shares the five worst things you can eat before exercise.
1. Fried or fatty foods
Anything greasy like pizza, burgers or French fries will be loaded with saturated fats, which are harder for your body to digest. Fatty foods can also lead to bloating and cramping – which is the last thing you want to experience when you’re working out. So stay out of them before exercising.
2. Anything spicy
Flavour and seasonings require a lot of digestion time, which means your body will need to work hard to digest it. Not really ideal when you’re planning on working it hard already.
3. Fizzy drinks
Fizzy drinks are a huge no no when it comes to prepping your body for a workout. Fizzy drinks are infused with carbon dioxide, which results in carbonation. The bubbles in your drink could make you feel incredibly gassy and full, or even cause abdominal pain during your workout. So avoid them all the time.
4. High-fibre foods
￼￼￼When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, generally high fibre foods are great.
They can help with weight management and reduce the risk of heart disease too. Having said that, foods such as vegetables, a lot of fruit and whole grains are simply more difficult for your body to digest.
This can lead to some real discomfort during your workout as your body tries to multitask, which will really impact the effectiveness of your session.
￼￼Nuts are a great food but their fat content is extremely high. Fat travels incredibly slowly through your body, which means more blood will flow to your GI tract and liver when you are trying to digest fat-heavy foods.
If you have a few hours to spare then opt for chicken and brown rice or a delicious omelette. If you don’t have as much time before your workout, simply eating a banana will give you that welcome boost of energy that you need.
When working out, it’s normal to push your body to the limit and feeling that tension in your muscles the next day is a sign that you really pushed yourself, and something you should be proud of.