Out Running the Fork
There is an old saying: Garbage in, garbage out. While this historically applied to data, it also applies to a whole other host of items including nutrition. While you can run as part of your training workouts, you can never out run the fork. As you train for races and push your body further, there needs to be an associated paradigm shift towards proper nutrition. You don’t train to eat, you eat to train. Proper nutrition means choosing nutrition dense foods over caloric dense foods. This choice is vital to having sustainable energy during your training and leading up to a race. Proper recovery nutrition certainly reduces your recovery times between workouts. I can personally attest to this process as I lost 80 pounds by embracing a nutritional lifestyle that helped me regain control over my life. While I knew it worked for me, it’s always nice to see research come out to support the results; that you really can’t out run the fork no matter how hard you try. While the weight loss was personally motivating, I did not see improved results on the racecourse until I modified my diet that hand in hand with the training changed life!
British Journal of Sports Medicine does a great job busting some myths titled It is time to bust the myth of physical inactivity and obesity: you cannot outrun a bad diet.