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You'll Have the Best Run Ever By Avoiding These Foods

Sep 9 2015 - 9:05am

Whether you're tackling your first 5K [1] or training for a marathon [2], it's important to fuel your body in order to kick some butt during your sweat session. While exercising on an empty stomach isn't the best idea [3], fueling up the wrong way before a run can cause stomach cramps, dizziness, and headaches. Check out the chart below to learn some good choices for noshing before lacing up those sneaks.

2 Hours Before

What to eat: 300- to 400-calorie meal containing carbs, protein, and healthy fats:

What to avoid: Fibrous veggies and high-fat foods that are hard to digest:

1 Hour Before

What to eat: 150-calorie snack containing easily digestible carbs and a little protein:

What to avoid: Large meals and foods that are difficult to digest:

15 to 30 Minutes Before

What to eat: Small serving of easily digestible carbs:

What to avoid: Large serving of protein and carbs or high-saturated fat and high-fiber foods:

Hydrating is also essential, so drink about 15 to 20 ounces of water one to two hours before working out. Sip another eight ounces 15 minutes before.

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