What people put in their bodies before a workout can make or break a training session. How much protein, fats and carbs to eat is not rocket science and depends on many factors, one of which is the type of exercise.
Consuming non-caloric sweetened beverages or oatmeal with fruit for breakfast is not an “eating healthy” habit, nor are skipping snacks between meals or eating high-sugar “health bars” as a snack prior to lunch. All of these are hurting the body.
The only thing worse than not fueling up the right way before the gym, is going there on an empty stomach. It does not help you lose weight or increase your endurance; it slows your metabolic rate. Oats are a great source of fiber but many people eat instant, rolled oats with fruit. Oats also have the same chemical structure as gluten—so they inflame the gut and don’t satisfy you like other proteins.
You may be unknowingly putting the wrong foods in your body, causing it to feel lethargic. Muscle cramps and stomach aches follow. The general perception is that you can never eat too many vegetables, but this is not the case when you’re about to have a sweat session.
Don’t doom your workout before you even start. Know the common and lesser-known diet mistakes so you can see results sooner.