Dishes like creamy pasta sauces, Alfredo sauce, or rich gravies can be heavy on the stomach and may lead to discomfort during exercise.
Fried foods such as fried calamari, falafel, or fried fish can be greasy and high in unhealthy fats, which can weigh you down and make it harder to perform at your best in the gym.
Foods made with refined grains like white bread, white rice, or pasta made from white flour can cause rapid spikes in blood sugar levels, followed by crashes, which can leave you feeling fatigued during your workout.
While Mediterranean desserts like baklava or pastries can be tempting, they are often loaded with sugar and refined carbohydrates, which can cause energy spikes followed by crashes, leaving you feeling lethargic during your workout.
While moderate alcohol consumption is part of some Mediterranean diets, consuming alcohol before or after a workout can impair hydration, coordination, and muscle recovery.
Processed meats like salami, bacon, or sausage are high in sodium and preservatives, which can lead to dehydration and bloating, making it uncomfortable to exercise.