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Updated by Fusion 360 on Oct 15, 2014
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Making it Count: Foods and Drinks to Avoid Post-Workout

Training is important, but it isn’t enough to have the ideal physique. Individuals who are serious about increasing their fitness levels need to be serious about their post-workout meals, too. Bodies must receive the proper nutrition after running or training to recover and reach their maximum potential.

Raw Vegetables

Although this list item may come as a surprise, raw vegetables on their own are not enough after a workout. Vegetables are very low in calories and bodies simply need more calories after running. However, athletes can match vegetables with high protein dips like yogurt or nut butter for a post-workout meal.

Fast Food

Naturally, many understand that eating fast food after a workout isn’t the best option. Fast food choices are often high in fat and eating fat after a workout can slow down digestion. To keep the metabolism up after a workout, avoid drive-thru items.

Salty Goods

Salty snacks like pretzels can lower the body’s potassium levels, lengthening an individual’s recovery time. In order for a body to heal after running, it needs potassium. Athletes should avoid salty foods after a workout to ensure their body has the optimum minerals for cell function.




Although bacon has protein, it is not an ideal food to eat after training. After a workout, bacon can be difficult to metabolize and can leave an athlete feeling ill. Luckily, there are many other high protein options that can be eaten after a workout. Individuals who enjoy running may want to eat a protein shake or eggs instead.

Sugary Drinks

Anyone who wants to lose weight should avoid sugary drinks after exercise. In fact, even sport drinks can be high in sugar and low in nutrients and should be avoided, too. To quench thirst after running, athletes can rehydrate with plain water. If water isn’t enough, individuals can also add high mineral rich foods, like bananas, into their post-workout routine.

Milk Chocolate

Milk chocolate should be avoided after training. Although it can provide quick energy after a run, its negative effects are too large to be ignored. Individuals who need energy after a run should switch to dark chocolate. This sugar option has healthy antioxidants and can help boost the body’s anti-inflammatory responses.


Many want a big doughnut after running, but it simply isn’t a good post-workout option. Doughnuts and other pastries are full of sugar and fat, which can slow down the metabolism after a workout. Individuals who are craving carbs after training should try to consume a whole-wheat bagel or piece of toast.


Drinking alcohol after running can cause the body to experience a shortage of oxygen, which can harm muscle recovery. In order to reach maximum recovery, avoid margaritas and other alcoholic drinks after training.




Mackenzie Martin writes for Mettis Trainer. She is a writer at Fusion 360, an advertising agency in Utah. Find her on Google +.

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