5 foods you should avoid after strenuous exercise

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These snacks may be tempting for a post workout boost, but you'll be jeopardising your weight loss diet and your health.

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Feeling hungry after exercise is your body's way of telling you to recharge your energy levels, so you should be reaching for quality carbohydrates, protein and some good fats (avocado and nuts), like a chicken salad with olive oil.

Here are 5 common foods that you really need to avoid after a workout. Your body will thank you for it.

Bread will make you feel bloated


White bread won't recharge your batteries after the gym. It's made of simple starch that quickly turns into sugar when it hits your stomach. Try one slice of brown bread with a fuller-for-longer topping like peanut butter or bananas.

Cereal is very high in sugar


Lots of low fat cereals are high in salt and sugar so, if you're exhausted from a pre-breakfast workout, stick to natural yoghurt with granola, a fresh fruit salad or scrambled egg on wholemeal toast.

Fried foods will fill your body with saturated fats


Normally, eggs are good for you because they're full of protein and choline which is good for heart health. But when eggs are thrown in a frying pan with loads of fatty oil the sat-fat levels go through the roof. Stick to boiled or scrambled eggs for a healthier option.

Pastries won't help you feel fuller for longer


Croissants may be tempting after a pre-work session, but they're high in saturated fat which won't help your muscles recover from the strain of the treadmill. Refined flour, sugar and fat is just going to make you feel bloated and hungry again in the space of 30 minutes.

Smoothies are full of sugar


It's important to check what is actually going in to the smoothie you're drinking. Some places will throw whole fruit pieces into a blender so you can trust that what you're getting is natural, but others will use fruit juices from concentrate that massively up the sugar content.

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