Bodybuilding & Fiber

July 22nd, 2007 by Paul Johnson

Bodybuilders need fiber more than any other group with our massive calorie and protein requirements.

Importance of fiber in bodybuilding diets:

Bodybuilders eat a tremendous amount of protein. High protein diets usually lack "bulk" A.K.A fiber. Compound that with the fact that bodybuilders also eat more calories then the average person, means bodybuilders are going to require a lot of fiber. The lack of fiber in a high protein high calorie bodybuilding diet can lead to constipation, bloating, and higher risk of colon cancer.

Many bodybuilders find the need to supplement with fiber in their diet. Eating foods such as; oatmeal, brown rice, whole wheat bread, vegetables, and fruits can help offset the need for supplementing
with extra fiber.

Insoluble vs Soluble Fiber:

Both are important for different reasons. Soluble fiber forms a gel over the stomach slowing down digestion, reducing insulin spikes. Soluble fiber also helps lower blood cholesterol levels. Insoluble fibers main purpose is to form the bulk needed to pass your food quickly through the digestive tract.

How much fiber should bodybuilders have?

Due to our diets being different from the mainstream public, we have different requirements. In general you should aim for at least 10 grams per every 1000 calories.