What you eat before you hit the gym can make or break your workout. Some foods will weigh you down and make you feel tired while others will give you the energy you need to push yourself that extra mile. We broke down which foods to avoid and which to grab before a workout.
Avoid high-fat fried foods:
Cheeseburgers and fries are packed with saturated fats that can upset your stomach and trigger heartburn for some people.
Skip high-fiber foods:
Broccoli, beans, peas, and raspberries are all examples of food that are high in fiber. Fiber is essential to maintaining a healthy digestive tract, but it takes time for your stomach to break down these foods. Before a workout, get your energy from fresh fruit rather than fiber-rich carbohydrates.
Avoid dense carbohydrate foods:
Dense carbohydrate foods like bagels and pasta weigh you down right before a workout and often can make you feel tired and sluggish. Choose lighter foods that give you energy without weighing you down!
Perfect options for pre-workout snacks:
- A small handful of mixed nuts and dried fruit trail mix
- One banana
- A rice cake with a light spread of peanut butter
- ¼ cup of blueberries
- Don’t forget to take sips of water before and during your exercise!