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

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

7. Meal Replacement or Pre Made Protein Shakes

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This may surprise you, but meal replacement shakes and pre made protein shakes (often marketed as gym goers) really ought to be avoided after a gym session.

This is because both often contain a lot of added sugars which might make them taste nice, but also makes them no good for fat burning. When we exercise, our body uses the complex carbohydrates from our diet as fuel. Then, when they’re used up, it burns fat as fuel. If we then flood the body with simple carbohydrates in the form of sugars, it interferes with fat burning process. Also, consume too much sugar, and the body will store it as fat. Rendering exercise pretty useless!

Instead, make your own post-workout smoothie using a mix of real foods – try a handful of berries, one banana, a heaped teaspoon of peanut butter, a drizzle of honey, a generous scoop of hemp protein powder and 200ml high protein pea milk.


Avoid shop bought shakes that can be high in sugars and artificial ingredients; invest in a smoothie make and make your own instead. You’ll have full control over what you’re drinking.


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