Skip Nav
Weight Loss
29 Hacks For Weight-Loss Success
Personal Essay
How Fitness Has Played a Huge Part in Making My Friendships Stronger
Healthy Eating Tips
5 Weight-Loss Rules You Can and Should Break

The Worst Foods to Eat Before Running

The Worst Foods to Eat Before a Morning Run

Even if you typically run on an empty stomach in the a.m., there are times — think: a big run or race — when fueling up is essential. The options on what to eat seem endless, but there are a few items that can result in running sabotage. Make sure you stay energized on your run by avoiding these foods before you hit the ground. And if you must eat any of these foods, give the body time to digest before heading out!

Shake

High-protein shakes and bars: Protein is an important fuel source, but oftentimes, high-protein bars and shakes can be hard to digest and don't contain a sufficient amount of carbs to keep energy levels consistent. For longer runs, aim for 25-40 grams of carbohydrates and 10 grams of protein.

Nuts, fruit, and veggies: While all of these items are nutrient-rich snacks, fiber-rich foods can result in a run that is painful and sometimes impossible, as your body works to digest these foods. The end result? Cramps and stomach discomfort midstride.

Dairy: Dairy isn't always the best choice before a big run. Cream cheese on your bagel, or even that stick of string cheese with your oatmeal, won't leave you with more energy, just an upset stomach. On top of that, dairy can actually deplete energy because it slows down the absorption of carbohydrates to the body.

Fatty foods: Donuts or a greasy breakfast of hash browns may be tasty, but they can cause havoc on your body if you plan a workout immediately after eating. Foods high in fat leave the body feeling bloated and sluggish since fat is not as easily turned into energy as protein and carbs.

Image Source: Shutterstock
Around The Web
Join The Conversation
mhewitt94 mhewitt94 3 years
I know, just a note, hopefully you read this fitsugar. Stop giving us problems or at least give us a solution!
fardous fardous 3 years
so what i should have before workout?
Diet Rules You Can Break and Still Lose Weight
How to Make Good Carb Choices Throughout the Day
How to Have More Energy at Work
How Runners Prevent Heel Blisters
Is It Too Hot to Run?
What to Eat For Breakfast to Lose Weight
High-Intensity Running Workouts

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
X