Picture this: You’re sweaty, out of breath, and sore at the core. Is it ab day at the gym? Or just some good ol’ fashioned mattress dancing? Either way, what you eat before any kind of physical activity can affect your performance. In terms of sex, bloating, fatigue, or indigestion, certain foods can significantly decrease libido. So if you’re expecting a roll in the hay after your Tinder date, steer clear of ordering dishes with these anti-aphrodisiacs.

1. Indian Food


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Pungent spices used in Indian-cuisine, like curry, turmeric, and cumin, sneak into your pores and linger there for a few days. While these aromas are heavenly in food, they stank on skin. So do your sexual partner a favor and skip the curried chicken perfume. If you can’t resist, check out these tips to get your hands to stop smelling like tikka masala.

2. Spicy Food


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Before making reservations at that Mexican restaurant, you might want to consider the potential side effects of those jalapeños. One minute you’re enjoying that hot, spicy meal, and the next — just when you’re about to shake the sheets — you regret every bite. Depending on how much you eat, spicy foods can cause heartburn, acid reflux, indigestion, and worst of all…fiery poop.

3. Bean-Based Foods


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Hummus, chili, black bean burgers — you name it. Where there’s a bean, there’s a fart just waiting to ruin the bedroom rodeo. These kidney-shaped legumes contain sugar molecules your stomach and small intestines find difficult to digest. By the time these sugars reach our colon, bacteria breaks it down into a cloud of gas, making you feel puffy at the gut and weak at the groin.

4. Starchy Carbs


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We all love carbs, but too much of them can drop blood sugar levels and make you sluggish and tired — not ideal if you plan to sexercise. When you eat french fries, for example, you get a surge of energy from the carbohydrates. But once your body starts to break down and remove that energy, you lose your thunder and ultimately crash. To keep it exciting in bed, avoid eating carb-heavy meals like pasta or white rice.

5. Asparagus


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If you’re a picky eater who won’t eat anything green, then you’re off the hook for this one. But for all of you asparagus-loving bros out there — beware. Once eaten, these tender green shoots break down into a sulfur-like substance called asparagusic acid. In as little as 15 minutes, this acid travels all throughout your body. That means when it’s time to go down, stuff not only smells funky but tastes sour.

6. Onions and garlic


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To all you ladies, it’s important to remember that your cha-cha is a little ecosystem. Anything that throws it off balance can result in unpleasant odors, among other things. Strong-smelling, pungent-tasting foods like onions and garlic might slightly change the odor of your…um…secretions. So if you’re looking to get turned on later, skip the caramelized onions and garlic sauce.


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Now that you know about the major food no-no’s, you can safely make the bacon without any smells, discomfort, or embarrassment. May the food you eat be in your favor.