These Foods Are the Absolute Worst before a Workout ...

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Itโ€™s a great idea to fuel your body before a workout, but the foods you choose deserve some consideration.

Sure, all foods have calories, but you need the right mix of carbs, protein and healthy fats to fuel your workout so that you can get the most out of it.

Clearly, not just anything will do.

While you probably know what good ones are (yogurt, cereal, granola bars, fruit or a peanut butter sandwich), there are some you should never eat before you head to the gym.

Here they are!

1. Greasy, Salty French Fries

Greasy, Salty French Fries

While potatoes do contain carbs, which are great for energy, French fries are a terrible choice before a workout.

They are greasy and will just sit there in your stomach, digesting really slowly.

This will hinder your progress and even make you sluggish at a time when you really want to be fast.2

If you must have fries, save them for when youโ€™re done exercising.

2. A Big Healthy Salad

A Big Healthy Salad

What?

Thatโ€™s right.

Vegetables can be a bad choice before you exercise, according to experts.2

Thatโ€™s because they can cause bloating and gas, which will make you really uncomfortable while you run on the treadmill or dance it up at Zumba.

Yes, you should definitely be eating your veggies, but have that salad after your exercise or earlier in the day.

3. A Tall Glass of Soda

A Tall Glass of Soda

In general, you should avoid soda all the time.2

Itโ€™s full of sugar, calories and refined carbs and doesnโ€™t do you any good.

Itโ€™s especially bad before a workout because the carbonation will bubble around in your stomach, slowing you down and making your gut feel unsettled and gassy.

Have some water instead.

Youโ€™ll be much happier.

4. That Tempting Chocolate Donut

That Tempting Chocolate Donut

Yes, sugar gives you a rush and can boost your energy levels.

However, donuts (and other sugary junk, for that matter), are a really bad choice pre-workout.

When you come down off the sugar high and enter the crash zone that always follows, your workout may end up being cut short or youโ€™ll be too fatigued to give it your all.

For the most part, sugary foods should be an occasional indulgence.

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