If you work out often, pay close attention and AVOID the following:

1) Eating Spicy Food

Hot Salsas and spices are not easy to digest, and they might cause indigestion. Spicy foods are usually only bad for people with gastro esophageal reflux disease, so we are not asking you to cut them out of your diet, we just don’t recommend it them right after a heavy workout. When you exercise your body uses up a lot of energy and it needs the right food to recover after working out. You need to eat the right foods within 30 minutes of finishing your workout, things that contain the right amounts of protein, a little bit of healthy fats or sugar, and carbohydrates, to replenish your energy levels.

2) Eating Unhealthy Fatty Food/ Fast Food

For the same reasons mentioned above, your body does not need junk food, especially after a workout. Your body does not need unhealthy fats hard to digest; it needs the right foods to replenish energy. A healthy diet is critical to reaching your fitness goals.

3) Not Hydrating

As you might have heard quite often, our bodies are mainly made up of water, and the body loses water when you sweat. For this reason you need to stay hydrated at all times to help your body recover from heavy workouts.

4) Fasting

We talked about how bad it is to eat the wrong foods after a heavy workout, but not eating at all is even worse! Your body needs food to recover or it could eventually result in muscle wasting, so please make sure your post-workout nutrition is just right. If you need to fast because of religious reasons, avoid doing heavy workouts during this time.

5) Not Getting Enough Sleep

Sleeping well and getting enough rest is important for everyone, but it is even more important for people who lift weights and do heavy workouts. While you sleep, new muscle tissue grows the most, so in order to see the results of your workouts you need to get enough sleep.

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