William Smith is the President / CEO and Founder of the INTRAFITT Corporation which was established in California in 1992. Will has won more than twenty-eight bodybuilding championships and is also known for his role as “THUNDER” on television’s American Gladiator between 1990 – 1992. He is a National and International Speaker on Performance Nutrition and Exercise Science.

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William Smith/aka Thunder of the American Gladiators

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Fiber vs Fat: The Regulation of Digestion and Blood Sugar

William Smith is the President / CEO and Founder of the INTRAFITT Corporation which was established in California in 1992. Will has won more than twenty-eight bodybuilding championships and is also known for his role as “THUNDER” on television’s American Gladiator between 1990 – 1992. He is a National and International Speaker on Performance Nutrition and Exercise Science.

Among other benefits, dietary fiber has also been shown to actually slow the rate of digestion, which in itself can have a number of independent health implications.  For many years now, dietary fats have played an integral role in therapeutic and performance nutrition as a regulatory agent in the process of digestion.  The inhibitory effect that dietary fats have on the release of hydrochloric acid has been shown to prolong the emptying time of the stomach, therefore increasing satiety while controlling the rate at which food enters the blood stream via the liver.  As presented in the article entitled “Insulin Resistance: A New Paradigm for Medical Nutrition Therapy and Nutrition Education”, by  the American Dietetic Association in 1995 Fall Volume of SCAN’s Pulse, it was suggested that dietary fat should make up no less than 20% of the total calories at each meal in order to encourage satiety and to help manage postprandial hyperinsulinemia and associated dyslipidemia.  This concept has caused a considerable amount of controversy regarding the pros and cons of consuming dietary fats.

Although dietary fiber may not exert the same actions on the digestive process as dietary fats, fiber has been shown to slow the process of digestion and even decrease the rate of intestinal absorption therefore helping to regulate the release of insulin and its consequential effects on blood sugar.

In regards to how much fiber should be included in your diet, the recommended fiber intake per day is 20-35 grams in a ratio of 3:1 water-insoluble to water-soluble.  Furthermore, as with all other nutrients, fiber intake should be derived from whole natural foods and not synthetic products such as those found in over the counter dietary fiber supplements and laxatives.

Here is a list of some fiber rich foods to include in your daily diet: freeze-dried parsley, lima beans (dried), All Bran, red kidney beans, garbanzo beans, plain popped corn, oats, split peas, lentils, dried figs, whole wheat crackers, dried prunes, light rye toast, whole wheat, apples, baked potatoes with skin and lettuce.

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Dietary Fiber

Although technically not a nutrient, dietary fiber has recently been referred to as the seventh essential nutrient due to the number of health implications associated with this compound.  For example, after ingestion, dietary fiber, particularly Water-Insoluble Fiber has a tendency to hold water, therefore, adding bulk to the food particles or residues that may not have been absorbed in the small intestine.  This bulking action increases stool volume and weight by as much as 40%-100% and has been linked to a possible cleansing effect on the surface of the intestinal wall and colon by diluting harmful chemicals or by neutralizing their activity and therefore reducing the chances of contracting colon cancer and other gastrointestinal disorders.  Water-Soluble Fibers on the other hand (such as oatmeal) have a greater tendency to bind with various substances such as carcinogens (cancer causing agents) in the GI tract and bile salts, which are manufactured in the liver and which contain cholesterol.  Bile salts are often times reabsorbed into the body however, the binding effects of water-soluble fibers have been associated with the excretion of bile salts and now have scientists believing that a diet high in Water-Soluble Fiber may lead to lower serum cholesterol levels.

As indicated, dietary fiber exists in two basic forms, Walter Soluble and Water-Insoluble.  Water-Soluble dietary fibers include Guar guns and pectins (also referred to as Mucilaginous fibers) such as those found in oatmeal, beans, peas, carrots and a variety of fruits.  Water-Insoluble fibers such as cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin are found in wheat bran, corn and brown rice.

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In health and honor,
William Smith/aka Thunder of the American Gladiators

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Full Range Contractions

William Smith is the President / CEO and Founder of the INTRAFITT Corporation which was established in California in 1992. Will has won more than twenty-eight bodybuilding championships and is also known for his role as “THUNDER” on television’s American Gladiator between 1990 – 1992. He is a National and International Speaker on Performance Nutrition and Exercise Science.

Full Range Contractions are the foundation to building muscle quickly and efficiently!  Often times in today’s health & fitness publications we read articles directly associating muscular strength and size with heavy weight training.  It is important to realize that although resistance is an important factor in developing muscular strength and hypertrophy it is NOT the “limiting factor”.  Instead, the most important element is an increase in the tension of force that a muscle must generate.  This is accomplished by using a strength training application referred to as “FULL RANGE CONTRACTIONS”. 

For example, when performing a biceps curl, consciously contract your biceps at the beginning of the exercise and hold the contraction as hard as you can while you perform each repetition of the exercise throughout the full range of motion.  By integrating this applied science you will automatically increase the number of contracting fibers involved in the movement, subsequently increasing the force generating capacity (strength) of the biceps and therefore allowing for the use of heavier weights.  The consistent use of Full Range Contractions with all of your strength training exercises will inevitably accelerate muscular growth and hypertrophy while dramatically reducing the risk of injury.

Another way to explain the effects of Full Range Contractions is in the analogy of a closet door that is stuck and will not open.  In order to open the door, one of two methods can be used.  The first method involves gently placing your hands on the door, then slowly beginning to push until you are pushing with all of your effort.  Although the door may not open, the muscles being used to push on the door are most likely generating maximum force (which in turn promotes and accelerates muscular strength and hypertrophy).  On the other hand, if you took a couple of steps away from the door and got a running start, the power and momentum of your body mass, once you hit the door would generate enough force to open the door.  Unfortunately, the muscles did not directly generate the force.  Instead, speed and momentum were the force generating factors.  This is essentially what is happening when speed, momentum and leverage are used to swing, bounce or hoist a particular weight (sometimes referred to as Explosive Training) in an attempt to increase the size and strength of a muscle.

In summary, muscular growth and strength does not occur efficiently as a result of using momentum or by swinging heavy weights up and down through a specific movement.  Instead, it is an increase in the tension or force that a muscle must generate throughout the entire range of motion during any given exercise.  There is a significant difference between a muscle generating force and a muscle swinging heavy weights.  Although “Explosive Training” may have its advantages for certain athletes, it is not recommended for building and strengthening the muscles efficiently and may very well cause severe injuries.

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Will Smith/aka Thunder of the American Gladiators