After working out, avoid eating these things.



Starting an exercise regimen might be intimidating, especially if you have never exercised before. Do we go to the gym or do we work out at home? Is jogging sufficient? Or should we make a few changes to things? How frequently and how hard should we work out? It’s an unstable area. Even if we figure everything out or if we’ve been working out for a while and know exactly what to do, we still need to figure out our diet!

Do we eat before or after working out? The majority of camps would advise not eating before exercising because doing so when full might create stomach cramps and a poor, low-energy workout as our bodies attempt to digest our food. Then again, what do we eat when we are starving and looking for food?

It may surprise you to learn that some foods should be avoided immediately following exercise for a variety of reasons. Following are the top 10 items to avoid eating right after working out, as well as some suggestions for what to eat in their place.


Spicy Meals
Spicy Meals

The majority of us enjoy curry, but regardless of whether we prefer madras or korma, it is not a good idea to eat hot or spicy food after working out.

It is advisable to stay away from anything that contains chili, including hot sauces and dips. In addition to being irritating to the digestive system due to a compound called capsaicin found in chillies, hot, spicy foods are also more difficult to digest.

When we exercise, our bodies are working to repair and restore their energy reserves; eating a meal that is difficult to digest will impede this healing process. Instead, nourish your body with lean protein sources like fish, tofu, beans, lentils, chicken breast, and so on.


Spiked Drinks
Drinks that fizz

Fizzy beverages are heavy in sugar, which is bad after exercise because it prevents the processes that start when we burn a lot of fuel during exercise from burning fat.

We hear you say, “But I drink diet sodas!” Artificial sweeteners are also bad after exercise because they aren’t actually food and our bodies need to be properly refueled with real, healthy foods.

Also highly bloating are carbonated beverages like colas, lemonades, and their diet counterparts since the gas they contain becomes caught in our digestive tract. Additionally, they frequently include significant amounts of caffeine, a diuretic that causes us to lose water while we’re already probably little dehydrated from exercise.


Raw Veggies
veggie raw

Raw veggies are an unexpected choice for this list of foods to avoid after exercise because they look so healthy and innocuous.

Which, in crudités’ defense, they are. But the issue is that stuffing your face with raw carrots, celery, cucumber, and peppers will only give you volume, not calories. They contain extremely few calories, and after exercise we need replenish with foods high in energy to allow our bodies to heal.

If you do decide to consume raw vegetables, be sure to pair them with a high-protein dip like hummus or your preferred nut butter. (Avoid calorie-dense creamy or cheesy dips; aside from being high in fat and calories, they don’t provide much nutrition.)


Processed or fatty foods
Oily foods

Sometimes we can fall into the habit of “rewarding” ourselves with particular foods after working out. We work hard at the gym and then, after “earning it,” eat a pizza. We then question why since neither our weight nor our body composition have changed.

By ingesting more calories than we just expended, eating fatty or processed foods after working out will immediately undo all the good we’ve just done.

Additionally, lipids hinder the digestion process, making us feel lethargic and uneasy rather than enjoying the buzz and surge of energy that come after exercise.


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