Category: Weight Gain

How To Choose The Best Weight Gainer

In this article I will discuss the characteristics of high quality weight gainers and how to use them effectively in your diet to help achieve your goals faster and to prevent you from wasting money on supplements that aren’t helping you gain quality mass.

One reason that some people don’t become successful and maintain consistency when trying to gain weight is because they hate the taste of the weight gain powder or drink they were consuming. If you don’t enjoy doing something then you will struggle with motivation. There are that many choices when it comes to picking weight gainers there really is no excuse for not liking the one you use.

What Makes A Good Weight Gainer?

Weight gainers should taste good and be easy to consume. You may not think this is an important quality, but I don’t believe in punishing myself day after day by force feeding myself something that is difficult to swallow or that tastes horrible. Whether or not something tastes horrible is completely subjective, but building a better body should be an enjoyable process, and you should enjoy every part of your diet, including supplementation with weight gainers.

Of course you can make yourself swallow something with the belief that it is going to be good for you in the long run, and many of us have done this, but the point is that there are enough brands of weight gainers and flavors out there for you to find something that you enjoy consuming.

While we are talking about the qualities of the best weight gainer, let me stress the fact that a good weight gain supplement should dissolve well into water, milk, or whatever liquid medium you are using. Some people don’t mind this, but I absolutely hate trying to swallow any liquid that contains lumps of powder that haven’t been dissolved properly (those unexpected lumps are the worse).

I don’t always have the time to find a blender in the middle of the day to use to mix all the ingredients that goes into making weight gainer shakes. So for my success it was very important to find supplements that taste great, and that can be easily and completely dissolved in a portable shaker cup.

The best weight gainers should be easy to digest and not interfere with the rest of your diet. A good quality supplement should be formulated in a way so that your digestive system can easily break it down and absorb it for utilization. So it shouldn’t sit on your stomach for hours or make you feel sick to your stomach. It also shouldn’t give you excess gas or diarrhea.

In some cases when you start using a new weight gain supplement there is a period of adjustment that your body goes through as it gets used to the new product. But this adjustment period should not be prolonged and it shouldn’t lead to excess disturbances in your digestive system.

A good supplement should fit in well with the rest of your diet and eating plan and not stand out as something that makes you completely lose your desire for food. Some brands of protein powder can just sit on the stomach making you feel awful and unable to eat for the rest of the day. If any weight gainers prevents you from your normal daily activities, including your training and nutrition program then get rid of it because it is counterproductive.

Choosing The Best Weight Gainer

Choosing the best weight gainer is one that will help you meet your daily caloric needs for gaining weight. However, don’t just consider the weight gainers with impressive calorie numbers as some of the brands are filled with simple sugars and fats. Look at the protein and complex carb ratios and decide which supplement will work best for you.

I am a big fan of Optimum Nutrition Pro Complex Gainer because in my opinion they set an industry standard, and exceed the aforementioned criteria. You can read a review of ON’s Pro Complex Gainer and compare it with other mass gainer supplements on the market over at this weight gainers information site, which reviews all the popular brands.

Please feel free to let us know in the comments below which brand of weight gainer supplement you prefer using in terms of your results, taste, price, how easy it’s on the stomach, etc.

Best Weight Gain Supplements Reviewed

There’s no question that muscle building and weight gaining supplements have their place when it comes to gaining healthy, lean weight. Even so many people are still buying weight gain products for entirely the wrong reason. Weight gain supplements are not a magic bullet. No product on its own will transform your physique. And you can gain all the weight muscle you want purely from consuming nothing but simple, unprocessed weight gaining foods. So what purpose do they serve?

Overwhelmingly, the single most important reason for buying and using weight gain supplements is for convenience. As an example, if you want to gain weight and muscle then you have consume more calories than you expend and the food you eat needs to be nutritious.

Most of us have neither the time nor inclination to prepare 5 or 6 meals a day. And because most people work for a living it’s not practical to take a 10 minute break just because you need to eat. Meal Replacement Powders (MRP’s) allow you to consume a balanced, nutritious, calorie dense meal on the go. That’s why I believe they are one of the most important bodybuilding supplements for weight gain.

Of course weight and muscle gain isn’t just about eating high calorie foods. There are other elements such as amino acids, certain vitamins and nutrients like protein that all play an important role. While you can acquire these through conventional food it takes yet more planning, more discipline and more sacrifice. In essence, weight gain supplements (the good ones) allow you to gain healthy lean muscle and live practically in the 21st century.

Featured on other articles on this site are reviews of the muscle building and weight gaining supplements I believe to be the most effective and worth considering. It’s a short list and that’s because the vast majority of weight gain products lack substantial, independent research to back them up. Save your money and stick to what we know works. But for now, here is a brief summary of the weight gain supplements I will discuss:

Meal Replacement Powders (MRP’s)

If you’re on a tight budget the only supplement you really need is a meal replacement powder and nothing else. Cheaper still you can make your own.

Creatine Monohydrate

Creatine is one of the few bodybuilding supplements that already has a substantial and growing body of credible research to back up its claims. Read this guide for effectively using creatine monohydrate.

Glutamine and Glutamic Acid

Glutamine is an amino acid and the most abundant in the human body. Studies suggest supplemental Glutamine can play a positive role in muscular development.

Flax Seed Oil and Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s)

Contrary to popular belief fat is crucial to our health and well being, well the right kind of fat. Flaxseed oil is the preferred choice for athletes and bodybuilders and for us lightweights it’s a healthy, hassle-free way to increase caloric consumption.

Antioxidants and Multivitamins

If you deprive your body of essential vitamins and minerals, not only will it curb your ability to gain weight, but you put your short and long term health at risk. So make sure you are consuming good multivitamins. Moreover, there is growing evidence to suggest that strenuous exercise increases dangerous free radicals and therefore the need for additional antioxidants.