It’s important to eat before you work out. These are the food groups to avoid eating before a workout. Whether you’re about to have a 20 minute or an hour workout, your body needs fuel before you start your workout.

You can avoid feeling dizzy and tired during a workout by having a pre-workout snack – but choosing the right food is important.

When should I eat and what should I NOT eat before a workout?

You should have a light snack 30 minutes before a workout. It’s important to time your snack to be not too near a workout.

Here’s what you should avoid:

  • Protein e.g. biltong or nuts
  • Fat e.g. Greek yoghurt

These food types are difficult to break down and require more energy to digest. You want a QUICK boost of energy, so what you should have as a pre-workout snack is a low-fibre carbohydrate such as:

  • Banana
  • Apple
  • Strawberries
  • Raisins

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