It’s hard to say when the last time was that you had a physical activity. Maybe you don’t have time to exercise, maybe your diet is too restrictive, or maybe the weather isn’t conducive for outdoor activities- but whatever the reason, it doesn’t matter. You can give yourself a great workout by doing something as small as watching TV. The trick is finding healthy foods that work well with your lifestyle and don’t make a mess of your fitness routine. The following are 9 foods to avoid before a workout.

1. Alcohol

Alcohol is not good for you, in any way, shape, or form. Both beer and wine are fine in limited quantities (1-3 per week) if you’re a healthy adult, but consuming large amounts of alcohol have been linked to all sorts of diseases and health problems. Alcohol has been shown to lower the production of testosterone by men and can contribute to anaemia in women.

2. Fructose

Fructose is a type of sugar, which makes it bad for you in the same way all other sugars are bad for you. Besides just weight gain and all of the problems that go with that, fructose can cause fat gain around your midsection and make it less likely for you to lose weight overall. It can also cause liver disease, particularly when combined with alcohol intake.

3. Sugar

Sugar has been linked to all sorts of health problems, from diabetes to weight gain. The problem with sugar is that it’s addictive and can often cause you to consume more than you normally would. Avoiding sugar for two weeks can help you “reset” your cravings and help you cut down on sweet foods in general.

4. Fried Foods

Most people know not to eat fried foods in large amounts. Deep frying creates trans fats and fats that are linked to health problems, including diabetes and heart disease. These fat grams are found in all deep fried foods, including chicken, fish, and vegetables.

5. Fried Egg Sandwich

A fried egg sandwich is a somewhat healthy breakfast choice when you’re in a rush or don’t have access to something better. However, it’s not the best choice for pre-workout food. This breakfast item is high in cholesterol, fat and calories. It’s a great way to give yourself a stomach ache before your workout and can impair your performance as well!


Making sure you have a healthy diet before your workout can help you avoid excess weight gain and can help your body perform at its best. It’s important to eat the right foods just before your workout in order to give yourself the best chance at success.