Popular bodybuilding information today such as magazines neglect to talk about fibers. They are more concerned with the three macronutrients (proteins, carbs & fats) when it comes to eating the right foods & helping you achieve your bodybuilding goals. Although not as important as macronutrients, fiber can still play a key role in your success.
- Fiber Helps with Absorption
In order to make the most of your bodybuilding goals you should know by now that it is important to stay as anabolic as possible. Fiber allows your body to stay anabolic as it helps to move food throughout your intestines. By eating fiber, it will allow your body to absorb more of the macronutrients which is vital for muscle growth.
- Fiber Helps To Prevent Overeating
As many of you may know by now, eating foods with fiber in them such as green beans, broccoli or any other fibrous carbohydrates do not have that many calories in them. Your main source of calories (what are they, 4,4,9) comes from carbohydrates which is not very high. (to learn more about carbohydrates & how they effect you, check out the glycemic index article for more information) However, these foods that are high in fiber do indeed make you feel fuller. The reason for this is because of a hormone known as cholecystokinin. Cholecystokinin is a hormone found in your intestines that when released sends a message to your brain allowing it to feel as if you have been fed. I have used this tactics for my evening meals & it has definitely helped me from overeating or attacking the kitchen for a late night snack.
- Avoid Fibers In Your Post-Workout Meals
Fiber should be avoided after a workout because of its effects on the body. Fiber will cause you to slowly absorb foods & any nutrients consumed after a workout which is the opposite of what you want. After a post-workout meal your insulin is sensitive & can absorb nutrients at a fast pace. There is no need to slow this process down as this is a crucial part of achieving your bodybuilding goals.
- Fiber Helps Store Muscle Glycogen
Complex Carbohydrates are needed more often than Simple Carbohydrates in a bodybuilding diet. The reason being is they have a sustained or slow release in the body. This will supply your body with the energy your muscles need to grow. If complex carbohydrates are combined with some fiber, the fiber will allow the carbs to digest even slower. By doing this, your body will store more muscle glycogen & you will have more energy for your workouts. Remember, do not consume fiber after a post-workout.