If you’re hungry before the gym, by all means, eat. There’s nothing less enjoyable than struggling through a grueling workout on an empty and angry stomach.
But equally unenjoyable is stepping into the gym, hopping on the treadmill, and feeling that familiar pang of digestive stress. You do not want to be experiencing digestive strain through your already strenuous run. Not to mention, gas and urgent trips to the bathroom can be so embarrassing.
Dietitians advise that you eat a snack at least thirty minutes prior to any workout. The ideal pre-workout snack contains both protein and carbohydrates to give you the energy you need and the muscle support to last your full session.
Some examples of good pre-workout snacks are a slice of toast with peanut butter, oatmeal with half a banana, or some fruit and crackers.
But if you ingest the wrong thing, you could be setting yourself up for an unproductive and, frankly, painful experience once you get to your workout. Trust us, you want to avoid these foods if you’re planning to work out.