Did you happen to see the July 2013 Issue of Muscle & Body? There is a must read article called “Fiber Pump!” that goes into detail about all of the great benefits of fiber, why it is necessary to add to a nutritional diet and also promotes BarnDad’s FiberDX as a must product for your diet! Below is a brief blurb of the article:
Ignore fiber at your peril. Here are the six reasons why you need it for muscle and strength gains.
Bodybuilders are notoriously strict about their diets. Searching for optimum results, they meticulously monitor their caloric intake, develop precise nutrition plans that leave little room for deviation, and analyze product labels like English professors deconstruct old novels. While most of the populous simply consumes whatever they feel like, bodybuilders are eating for a purpose—and their diets reflect it. Despite all this effort, however, a majority of bodybuilders ignore one of the easiest and healthiest ways to help maximize muscle gain: proper fiber intake.
Why Dietary Fiber is Crucial
Dietary fiber is basically the portion of plant-based foods that can’t be regularly digested by the human body. Found in high amounts in grains, beans, fruits, and darker green vegetables, dietary fiber’s primary benefits come from its ability to help the body more efficiently consume other nutrients, as well as cleanse the body of unwanted toxins.
This dietary fiber comes in two different forms: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibers are beneficial because they swell upon contact with water, expanding to capture unabsorbed dietary fats and cholesterol. These soluble fibers also improve immunity and gastrointestinal health by supporting the production of beneficial bacteria while preventing harmful bacteria from gaining a foothold in the human system.
Insoluble fibers increase the water content and bulk of human waste product, making for enhanced motility and more regular elimination. (Yup, it helps you poop easier.) This helps any unwanted carcinogens more easily escape the body, which is the primary reason those with a diet high in fiber tend to have lower cancer rates.
How To Fix the Fiber Hole in Your Diet
Let’s face it, when most people think of fiber, they visualize a drink that looks suspiciously like wet sawdust that their grandmother used to force down with a shiver just before throwing in her dentures. But fiber has come a long way in just the last decade. The best ways for bodybuilders to bump up their fiber consumption are to add great-tasting foods such as whole-wheat pastas, beans, fruits, green vegetables, nuts and brown rice. But if your diet won’t allow all 60 g of fiber to come through dietary sources, there are some great fiber supplements on the market as well. One example of a leading sports-nutrition fiber supplement is BarnDad’s FiberDX, which provides a blend of both soluble and insoluble fibers. (Most fiber supplements are primarily one or the other.) The blend of fibers helps cut down on side effects sometimes associated with fiber supplements. It also includes 7 g of protein per serving. (Remember the wingman thing.)
Whatever source you choose, don’t skimp on fiber. It might just be the hidden edge you need to get the definition, mass and strength you’ve always wanted.