Why Trainers Think This Is the Worst Food You Can Eat Before a Workout

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Historically, I've been of the mind that on workout days, you can get away with eating pretty much whatever you want. I've been known to pregame yoga with boozy brunch and dance cardio with diet Coke. However, I can't say I've never regretted these choices. (A few months ago, I nearly became reacquainted with my brunch midway through a ModelFit class).

But trainers agree that when thinking about what to eat before a workout, it shouldn't be a matter of what you can "get away with," but instead what will best serve your body. "You don't want something that fills you up too much or will come back up in the middle of a workout," says Diana Mitrea, who is both a certified personal trainer and a group fitness instructor. (It's as if she could intuit my ModelFit incident.) When you eat something that makes you feel bloated or sick, then it becomes hard to commit to your session, and you won't end up with the results you want. Of course, everybody's food tolerances are different—what might be irritating for one person might be perfectly satisfactory for another. "I can't do a protein shake because it tends to be a big volume and can feel like too much in my stomach," Mitrea continues. "It's mainly what you prefer."

That said, there are certain foods that are more likely to mess with your workout than others. Keep scrolling to discover the foods to consider avoiding before a workout (and the ones you should reach for instead).