5 Foods to Avoid Before a Workout

Drop that protein bar! Before you hit the gym, read about the five foods to avoid before a workout.

There’s nothing worse than arriving at the gym, and then suddenly having regret about what you ate one hour before. With our help, we can avoid those foods, and some of the answers may surprise you!

Protein Bars

Truth! Protein bars can have LOTS of sugar and artificial sweeteners, so be sure to check the label. If it does contain lots of sugar, your body may burn through protein bars very quickly, and you may not get much else.


This surprised me, but as with protein bars, you’ll need to read the label very carefully. Certain brands can be surprisingly high in sugar and fat, neither of which is good for your workout. And if you don’t digest dairy easily, a stop at the gym can make things worse.

High-Fat Foods

This might seem like a no-brainer, but many people think having a high-carb and protein meal is as easy as a stop at McDonald’s. Here’s a note: High-fat foods take at least four hours to digest. Additionally, the high sodium levels in junk food can also interrupt the balance of bodily fluids needed during a workout.

Fiber-Rich Foods

Surprised? An enormous bowl of fiber-rich cereal can certainly get things moving, which is exactly the opposite of what you want when you’re running at full speed ahead on the treadmill. Next time be sure to fuel up with a snack that contains fewer than four grams of fiber.


Well, more than just beans, in fact. It’s any food that makes you toot. Think beans, raw broccoli, fruit, and dairy. Although these foods are healthy, they’ll fill you up in ways you’d rather not deal with when having to jump up and down in Pilates class.

One More Thing

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