5 Foods and Drinks that Can Ruin Your Workout

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While oatmeal, Greek yogurt and brown rice with chicken are among the best foods to help energize your workout, there are some foods and drinks you should not consume before a workout session.

Following are some foods and drinks that can ruin your workout. Let’s check out now.

1. High-protein shakes and bars

High-protein shakes and bars are among the worst foods that can ruin your workout. That’s because protein doesn’t hit the bloodstream quickly and thus you can feel tired and shaky. Plus, several pre-workout shakes and bars omit sufficient carbs, so they can deplete your energy levels. To be healthy when you do exercise, you should avoid eating these foods as well as aim for a 4:1 carb-to-protein ratio to keep your energy levels up.


2. Hummus

Although hummus has a lot of health benefits, you should stay away this food before your workout session. That is because it contains a high amount of indigestible carbohydrates that cause uncomfortable gas and bloating. Therefore, you should avoid consuming hummus so that they don’t ruin your workout.


3. Flavored water

Many flavoured waters are full of sugar, which may hinder your workout. They may also contain artificial sweeteners that disrupt beneficial bacteria in your gut. So you should avoid drinking these sweetened beverages before your next sweat sesh.


4. Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds have many health benefits as they are rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals. They help you lose weight effectively and maintain a healthy diet. However, flaxseeds can hurt your workout efforts as they are high in fiber, which causes gas and bloating. So you should limit your fiber intake in 2 hours before and after your workout.


5. Alcohol

Drink alcohol can affect your workout by wreaking havoc on your blood sugar and how it's regulated. When you drink, you find it difficult to sleep well, which means you don’t get the healing recovery rest you need. So you will feel tired during your exercise the following morning. Besides, drinking alcohol affects badly on your health as it depletes serotonin in your body, causing depression and mood swings.


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I opened my own clinic in Orlando in March 1996 to provide a full range of health care for women. I like walking on the street with my friends and chatting with them when I have free time. I often write articles on issues related to women's health as well.

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This article was published on 2013/12/30