So you’ve managed to tackle the beast huh? You’ve managed to start working out, developed a routine and by some miracle you’re actually enjoying your training!
possible, we promise. BRITISH and NATIONAL WRESTLING CHAMPION, and OWNER of RIGHT
PATH FITNESS - KEITH MCNIVEN believes that many individuals embark on a fitness journey
without really equipping themselves with the knowledge to help achieve the best results.
KEITH says – “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 are the 5 worst things to eat before exercise.”
1. FRIED/FATTY FOODS
This might seem like a no brainer for those with any kind of fitness or weight loss goals in
general, but fried and fatty foods are some of the worst things you can consume before
you start your workout. Anything greasy like pizza, burgers or French fries will be loaded
with saturated fats, which are harder for your body to digest. Not only this, but saturated
fats also stay in your system longer, meaning your body won’t be 100% ready for the
workout you’re about to put yourself through. Fatty foods can also lead to bloating and
cramping - which is the last thing you want to experience when you’re working out.
2. ANYTHING SPICY!
A workout is supposed to make you feel like you could conquer the world - not like you
need a sit down and a Rennie! Sadly, if you load up on delicious spicy food before you
get your body working you could run the risk of heartburn and some serious cramp. 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
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.
Of course, it’s imperative that you leave yourself enough time for your food to digest to avoid any cramping or discomfort during
your workout. 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.
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