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5 Unhealthy Foods to Avoid After Working Out

Oftentimes, we eat poorly because we do not know what we're doing. Eating foods after working out should be something that you need to pay attention to.
5 Unhealthy Foods to Avoid After Working Out

Last update: 24 November, 2020

Oftentimes, we feed ourselves poorly because we do not know what we’re doing. If you’re working out and you’re trying to take care of yourself, pay attention. You should know that there’s a series of foods that you shouldn’t eat after working out.

In this article, we’ll talk about what you should avoid and what you should include in your routine.

What Foods Should I Avoid After Working Out?

1. Red Meat


Working out increases intellectual performance, but that’s not the case if you immediately eat red meat.

  • According to a study by the University of Georgia, it only takes 20 minutes of exercise to better learn and retain information.
  • However, this isn’t possible if you immediately eat red meat. Eating it can have effects that aren’t beneficial for your brain because it limits learning and memory.

Red meat has a number of saturated fats that tend to slow down your metabolism. This is not very desirable if you want to maintain your digestive health.

We recommend that you read: Healthy Ways to Improve Your Metabolism

2. Commercialized Smoothies


Pre-made commercialized smoothies are sold by a very low health standard. You should also keep in mind that, in the end, they’re filled with sugar because they’re already pre-made.

It may seem as though smoothies are the perfect drink to complement an afternoon of intense workouts. However, consider the fact that not all smoothies are recommended.

  • Without going too far, those that have a high sugar content will double the number of calories that you burned while you were exercising. Be careful with them!

If you want to drink them, opt for natural alternatives. The best are made with a base of vegetables and fiber and don’t have any added sugar.

3. Fried Foods


Fried foods and fast foods have a high number of saturated fats. This type of food isn’t recommended at any time, especially not right after working out.

Your reward for after a workout shouldn’t be eating more calories than you burned.

  • Keep in mind that your body needs 9 grams of energy to digest 1 gram of fat.
  • In addition, this type of food is responsible for slowing down your metabolism.

4. Tree Nuts


Although tree nuts are healthy when eaten in small quantities, it’s better to not at them after working out.

It’s good to eat foods that are rich in protein, and tree nuts are, but you must also see that they are also high in fat.

Additionally, tree nuts slow down your metabolism, and because of this, it’s not recommended to eat them after exercising.

5. Coffee


Coffee is a drink that dehydrates you, so it’s not recommended after a workout.

Instead, opt for a regular bottle of water. With it, you can satisfy your thirst and hydrate your body.

Foods To Eat After a Working Out



As we mentioned earlier, after a workout routine you should eat protein.

  • The most suitable proteins for this time of the day are the ones that come from white meat, like chicken, turkey, and fish.
  • It’s also recommended that you eat green vegetables because they’re an excellent source of protein.
  • Another option is to choose legumes, soy, and seeds.



Although it’s not recommended to eat foods that are high in sugar (like bananas), after exercising, if you’re craving something sweet, you can choose a banana.

Thanks to the potassium and carbohydrates present in this fruit, it makes a great ally when you just want something sweet.

Potatoes and other starchy foods


The best side dish after working out is anything starchy. Try, for example, boiled potatoes or baked potatoes with a little bit of rice.

This way, you’ll ensure that your digestive system absorbs these carbohydrates easily. After all, they contribute to better digestion of proteins.

Keep these tips in mind the next time you think of eating foods after working out!

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