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Whole Foods Best for Workouts

Only elite athletes need supplements and energy bars. The rest of us can fuel our workouts with regular whole foods.

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That doesn't mean because you did 25 minutes on the treadmill before work, you need to replenish your body's fuel with an energy bar. Some of these convenience foods are also packed with calories.

"You need to look at the calorie and the fat content," warns Cooper. "Some of these bars can have as much as a candy bar. Find one with nutritional value, low in saturated fat."

Read labels, you may be better off going without.

"The average exerciser doesn't need drink a Gatorade after they've worked out because that defeats the purpose of their exercise. The last thing they need is more sugar. They should drink some water."

Published April 7, 2003.

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