Nutrition is everything. Healthy bodies are active bodies and cooperate in every possible way to make your workout sessions worth every drop of sweat expelled. All of us are concerned about the foods that can be taken before a workout. But, the foods that should not be taken before a workout should be of equal concern too. No food is dangerous or unhealthy. It all depends on the timing and quantity. While the right foods in the right quantity can ‘up’ your workout quotient, the wrong foods at the wrong time can decrease performance.
Any healthy eating plan is not complete without the key nutrients such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy. Registered dietitian nutritionists at www.firsteatright.com plan diets that provide an individual with the adequate number of calories and macronutrients depending on the client’s lifestyle, training intensity and duration. Any pre-workout food should be carb-rich with small amounts of proteins and fats. Such foods provide the individual with sustained energy all through the workout session. While it may sound simple, it is not so easy to follow as foods are deceptive. Foods that may seem to be healthy and good for the body can react negatively when consumed before a workout. An RDN is the right person to guide the individuals on the foods that should be completely avoided before a workout session.
Some of the top-most foods that ought to be avoided before a workout include:
Potatoes maybe a good source of energy, but don’t try to grab a packet of French fries before you hit the gym. While deep-fried snacks can slow you down, even healthy fats such as almonds and avocados can make you feel sluggish. Exercising after eating such foods can make your session tiresome. Fats take longer time to convert into energy and tend to reside in the stomach when compared to carbs. This is the reason for your sluggishness and lethargy. Although good fats are an essential part of an effective diet plan, trying to consume them just before a workout is a bad idea as they don’t provide you with instant energy.
Vegetables and fruits are great for health, but not just before a workout. Eating a bowl of colorful veggies might sound like a good idea, which actually is not. Lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower and other high-fiber vegetables can lead to gastrointestinal discomfort during the workout. Even many fruits and whole grains prove to be difficult for digestion before a workout. Easily digestible fruits such as bananas or whole-wheat toast and crackers are favorable pre-workout snacks that provide the body with the essential carbohydrates to rev up energy.
Gulping down sports drinks and juices might sound to be fashionable and an easy source of energy. But this energy is short-lived and dies away even before the workout is half completed. These on-the-go snacks such as smoothies, energy bars or shakes, even those prepared at home, are high in sugars and must be completely avoided. It is essential to check the Nutrition Facts label to avoid such high-sugar options that can increase/decrease the energy levels rapidly.
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Eat simple yet energy-rich snacks such as:
Dietitian Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.