Trying your hardest to achieve your fitness goals? Then you should be wary of the specific foods you should absolutely avoid before or after sweating it out at the Dural gym.
Here are the foods you should absolutely avoid before or after a productive workout.
- Milk Chocolate
Ah, milk chocolate. As irresistibly sweet and delicious as it is, devouring even a single bar of milk chocolate is a huge no-no after a productive workout due to its high sugar and calorie content. Basically, the food contributes nothing of value to your body after working out. However, dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao is a decent food to eat for your post-workout recovery because it is loaded with healthy antioxidants.
2. Spicy Foods
Bad news for all spicy food lovers out there: spicy foods should be avoided before or after a workout due to a variety of reasons. To kick things off, eating spicy food before going on with your routine may result in heartburn or indigestion, which can cause pain or discomfort while you’re in the middle of a workout. Spicy food also increases the probability of cramping while working out. Lastly, your body needs foods that are easy to digest after a workout so that it can recovery smoothly, but spicy food, in general, is hard to digest. So whether it’s a pre- or post-workout meal, avoid spicy foods at all costs.
3. Raw Vegetables
Surprised to see the almighty vegetables in a list like this? Though vegetables, in general, are good for the body, eating them raw is something that you should never do during your post-workout recovery. This is because raw vegetables like broccoli and carrots, despite being low-fat and healthy, are not enough on its own to keep your metabolism humming and help your body restore energy. However, pairing raw vegetables with dips that are healthy and loaded with protein can turn them into a viable post-workout snack.
Avocado is a great food if you’re trying to lose weight and are loaded with fibre and mono-saturated fat – both of which are great for the body in general, except before exercise due to their propensity to slow down your metabolism and cause stomach and muscle cramps during a workout. But if you really want to eat avocados, just make sure to limit your intake a few hours before you exercise.
While many people are debating whether pizza should have pineapples as toppings, no one fights over whether it’s delicious or not. I mean, who doesn’t love pizza? So if you’re a person who loves pizza and you also happen to exercise a lot, bad news for you because pizza is a bad post-workout meal for you. Pizzas topped with pepperoni or fatty sausage are automatically bad for your post-workout recovery, and the grease in pizza can also eliminate all of the progress that you’ve made during your workout. However, if you use healthy toppings, whole wheat crust and other healthy ingredients, pizza can be an excellent post-workout snack or meal.