What you eat can make your workout, but sometimes what you don’t eat can be just as important. Here are the foods to avoid at all costs before you break a sweat.
There’s an entire industry built around hydrating and fueling up for workouts. But you may not pay as close attention to the foods you should avoid. Having the wrong stuff in your gut can prevent your workout from being as effective as it could be—or, worst case scenario, give you GI issues. “There’s no one-size-fits-all recommendation,” says Leslie Bonci, director of sports nutrition at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “It depends on how long you’re working out, at what intensity, your weight goals, your gut tolerance.” There are, however, some basic truths when considering what will maximize your performace—and what will sabotage it.