You would not leave on a road trip with an empty gas tank; likewise, you should not exercise on an empty stomach. The American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) agree that athletic performance and recovery from exercise are enhanced by optimal nutrition.1 Fueling before exercise is important; exercising on a full stomach is not ideal. So knowing when to eat is just as important as knowing what to eat.
Food Is Not the Problem
Food is not the problem. Food is fuel. Food is health. Food is an inanimate object, just like a desk, rug or book. It has no inherent power over you. But if you feel as though a food (let’s say, bread) has power over you, bread is the symptom, not the problem. That is, the urge to over-eat bread can stem from: