We all know the temptation of foods can be overwhelming, especially when you’re trying to get into shape. There’s alot of foods people mistake eating during their fitness journey that can ruin workouts, or even foods you’re not getting enough of. Luckily, the OMG team is here to help!
Before or after working out, Protein is a MUST. But the right kind of protein is important. Proteins that are lean with less fat, like fish help repair your muscles after an intense workout. This is going to be food for your muscles. After muscle breaks down, protein helps build back that tissue. It is suggested that you should eat at least 30 grams of protein post-workout.
Hearty fruits contain an important chemical called Glycogen. Glycogen is great fuel for your body, it is stored inside your muscles. If you feel tired from exercise, that means your glycogen level is low. (Nice job!) Carbohydrates will help replenish them. Ideally, you can combine protein with the carbs and get on with your day. But beware- avoid super sugary fruits. Apples are best for avoiding that issue.
YES, you are allowed fats! But there is a difference between healthy fats and unhealthy fats. Foods like avocado are a perfect example of healthy fats-they contain just enough fat to fill you up, plus they are packed with antioxidants!
BEWARE of these foods:
Like we said, protein is great, but you just need to be careful about what kind and how much protein you’re ingesting. Protein shakes are popular amongst gym goers, but they aren’t always the right choice. Protein shakes can be packed full of sugar and other junk that can leave your body more exhausted than it needs to be, thus diminishing the progress of your workout. If your trying to bulk up, these shakes can be an option, but it’s best to just take protein supplements in small doses.
Though spicy foods are delicious, you should probably pass on them before hitting the gym. Not only can spicy foods make you cramp up more than usual, but they also can upset your stomach while your body is being overworked. It’s painful to have that sitting in your stomach during cardio- just avoid it.
Dairy is also a HUGE no. Like spicy food, dairy increases your stomach acid content, making it harder to digest. And yes, it causes massive bloating. Think about it, milk helps turn a baby calf into a full grown cow. It’s best to avoid that scenario altogether. You don’t want to be that gassy person at the gym constantly running for the bathroom.