Running is one of the most demanding and difficult forms of exercise to stick with on a regular basis for an extended period of time. Because of this, it is in every runner’s best interest to avoid consuming foods that directly counteract the positive impact of all those miles a runner puts in.
Taking a closer look at your diet and cutting a couple of key things from it can really go a long way to ensure that every runner maximizes the impact of their workout…
1. White Bread
If “100 percent whole-wheat” is not the first ingredient listed on a loaf of bread, put it back on the shelf and walk away. White bread, or even bread that is not 100-percent whole wheat, is essentially nutrient-stripped food. It doesn’t matter what you put on it, because the two slices you are consuming are devoid of bran, germ, fiber, iron, most vitamins, and everything else that makes bread a worthy staple of the runner’s diet.
In its place are probably a number of things you don’t want to eat like sugar, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, and of course “refined grains” which break down super fast into simple sugars and cause your blood sugar to spike. Not exactly the type of food that compliments a runner’s regimen. Stick with 100-percent whole-wheat bread. Look for the yellow badge that adorns all bread with this ingredient.