What foods should you avoid before exercise?
Friday, 7 August · 2 min read

It’s important to eat before you exercise, but snacking on the wrong foods could affect your performance.

According to the American Heart Association, you should try to avoid foods that contain a lot of saturated fat or protein before a workout.

These include things like:

  • avocados
  • olives
  • crisps or chips
  • full-fat cheeses
  • large amounts of nuts

These foods tend to take a lot of time and energy to digest. If you eat them before you exercise, your body will use the energy you need to boost your workout to digest food.

Exercising on a full stomach can also cause bloating and discomfort.

Instead of turning to high-fat or high-protein foods, try fast-digesting carbohydrates, like oats or wholewheat bread.

Timing is important too. Experts recommend eating a big meal about 3 hours before you exercise, and then eating a smaller snack 1 hour before you start.

If you work out early in the morning or you don’t have time to eat hours before you exercise, try eating something simple like an apple or a banana.

Quote of the day

Proper nutrition is the difference between feeling exhausted and getting the most out of a workout.

Summer Sanders, sports commentator

Quick Quiz
True or false: If you’re working out for less than 60 minutes, you don’t need to stop for a snack.
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