Fuel Your Body Right: 10 Foods to Steer Clear of After Working Out

By Hannah de Gruchy / Nutrition / April 4th, 2022

4. Fatty or Processed Foods

Fatty foods

Sometimes, we can become trapped in the cycle of ‘rewarding’ ourselves with certain foods after exercise. We slog it out at the gym and then eat a pizza because “we’ve earned it”. Then we realise that we’re not changing our weight or body composition, and we wonder why.

Eating fatty or processed foods after exercising will immediately cancel out all the good we’ve just done by consuming more calories than we’ve just burned.

Also, fats slow down the digestive process, leaving us feeling sluggish and uncomfortable, rather than enjoying the post-exercise buzz and rush of energy.


We all deserve rewards for doing well at exercise, but eating fatty or overly processed foods will stall our progress as they’re very calorific and interfere with digestion. Eat lean protein and wholemeal carbs instead.


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