Bodybuilders, athletes and health-minded people are always counting something — calories, protein, fat, carbohydrates, pounds, inches or reps. But as number-conscious as they are, most of them are forgetting to count something else that’s very important to their health and performance: fiber.
According to the National Fiber Council — which recommends adults consume 32 grams of fiber daily, though the average American barely consumes half that — fiber can help lower cholesterol; lowers your risk of developing life-threatening diseases such as heart attack, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, obesity and certain cancers; keeps you feeling fuller longer; and helps with intestinal health and regularity.
That’s why Barn Dad Nutrition’s sole focus is Ultra Fiber DX, a 100 percent natural (non-GMO), time-released, soluble and insoluble fiber matrix. Originally developed in Germany, where it was used to successfully treat diabetic and obese patients, Ultra Fiber DX reduces hunger and supports healthy weight management, lean muscle and a healthy digestive system. It slows the digestion and absorption of sugars and carbohydrates, which helps reduce insulin spikes and allows glucose to be metabolized more effectively.
“One serving of Ultra Fiber DX provides 11 grams of fiber, a full 44 percent of your daily fiber requirement,” says Kelly Halbrock, marketing director for Barn Dad Nutrition. “While many single-fiber products or supplements often cause bloating, Ultra Fiber DX’s blend of eight different fibers provides all the benefits of a high-fiber diet without the negative side effects.”
Simply add one scoop of Ultra Fiber DX — a flavorless powder — to your morning shake or mix in water 15 minutes before scheduled meals. You also can use it as a flour substitute (up to 50 percent of what the recipe calls for) when baking or add it to meatloaf and hamburgers.
If you’re looking for an on-the-go fiber option, one serving of Natur’s Diet Biscotti by Madi provides 8 grams of fiber from Ultra Fiber DX in a natural homemade biscotti with the texture of a cookie. And don’t let the 19 grams of carbs listed on the label scare you off: Because fiber is a carbohydrate that is noncaloric and unable to be digested by the human body, you can subtract it from the carb count. Therefore, a Natur’s Diet Almond Biscotti has only 11 net carbs.
Both products are growing in popularity among athletes. “In preparation for the Olympics, I have been mixing Ultra Fiber DX into my protein shakes once or twice a day, and I’m eating a Natur’s Diet Biscotti between meals when I need something with crunch and a great taste,” says Kurt Angle, pro wrestler and Olympic gold medalist. “Both have helped me curb my appetite and feel fuller longer, but remarkably the fiber has helped me lose significant internal fat, which has helped my waist measurement drop 2 inches more than any time I’ve dieted in the past. I’ve never felt as good as I do now, and I attribute it to the daily use of Ultra Fiber DX.”
Fitness expert and former Mr. World Dave Hawk, who manages Kurt Angle, says: “If it’s not popping out our veins or making our muscles bigger, we don’t think about it. But athletes need to think about fiber intake. Now that I take Ultra Fiber DX, I don’t feel hungry all the time. I feel healthier, my stomach is flatter and calm, and my cholesterol and blood sugar have dropped significantly.”