Red Flags That Your New Workouts Aren't Working Out With Your Current Diet

28 February 2021

Keeping fit is a priority for many of us. Unfortunately, it’s a priority that we often spend our days avoiding. As such, you deserve a very large pat on the back if you’re finally getting around to it.

Sadly, even once you’ve taken the fitness plunge, certain stumbling blocks can stop you from feeling the true benefits of your efforts. Notably, failing to change your diet in keeping with your new fitness regime could soon leave you feeling so bad that you can’t bear to face the gym.




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This isn’t to say, of course, that every new gym habit needs to come alongside a total dietary overhaul. But, if you ever notice the following red flags during your sessions, it’s a sure sign that your food intake needs some more consideration.

Feeling faint

Getting out of breath or even feeling a little nausea is entirely normal when you first start working out more but feeling faint most definitely isn’t. While a bad sign in itself, the risk of fainting while lifting weights, etc. is a significant safety risk. Most often, faintness like this is due to sugar lows that many athletes combat with jelly sweets or bananas in the runup to a workout. However you do it, you need to make sure that you’re getting the sugar you need to keep your energy in easy supply throughout your workouts and beyond. If in doubt, changing dietary habits and also keeping a high-sugar isotonic drink in your gym bag is never a bad idea.


Slow recovery

While it may not be an obvious dietary link, slow recovery times between fitness sessions are another sign that your diet isn’t serving your purposes. Most often, this is a sign that you aren’t giving your muscles what they need to heal. And, in most cases (specifically where lifting weights is concerned) increased protein before and after is exactly what you need. This could mean increasing your meat consumption or even using a product like this Rule 1 protein powder. Either way, an upped protein intake should speed your recovery and get you back to the gym in no time.


Ravenous hunger

If you’re suddenly overcome with hunger after workouts then you’re doing something wrong. This is terrible news because, aside from proving that your body isn’t getting what it needs, this hunger is almost guaranteed to drive you towards quick-fix, unhealthy snacks. Though it may seem like it, the solution here isn’t to simply eat more. Rather, you need to look at what you’re eating. Forget fast-fix foods without staying power, gym days should always be about complex carbohydrates (grains, beans, baked potatoes, etc.) alongside the aforementioned protein, that keeps you fuller for longer, and makes sure that you don’t feel the need to eat a house (or two, or three) every time you get back to the locker room.


As you can see, entire dietary overhauls aren’t necessary, but fitness does mean that you need to shift your food focus ever-so-slightly to ensure you get the most from your every effort here.


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