Category: Weight Gain

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.

Is Cardio Counter-Productive To Weight Gain?

In addition to resistance training, are you spending time doing some form of cardio exercise to burn fat and get rid of that pot belly? If your primary goal is to bulk up, you are making a big mistake. It IS counter-productive trying to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time. Your diet and training program should be tailored to “gain muscle” or “lose fat”, not both, because they have very different requirements.

As a hard gainer, the last thing on your mind should be “fat loss”. One of the attributes of being an extreme ectomorph is that you don’t put on weight easily. Although it can make it tougher to gain more muscle, you will actually be glad you have this body type when you begin to increase your calorie intake to gain mass, because you can eat anything and not put on fat.

If your goal is to gain weight then don’t do any cardio exercise at all, the calories you burn during the cardio workout will result in you having to consume even more calories to make up for the calorie deficit. The focus should be on gaining muscle so you can tailor your diet and training routine to achieve this goal. Stick to doing weight training three days a week, working in the 8 to 12 rep range, and make sure you’re eating to gain muscle not to bulge.

I wouldn’t even do cardio training on your off days, cut it out all together. Too much cardio exercise will increase cortisol levels in your body, which is catabolic, meaning it breaks down muscle tissue. That is why you would never see a bodybuilder doing any form of cardio workout – it is counterproductive to muscle gains.

If you are that desperate to get lower body fat levels so you have a more ripped looking appearance, then you can integrate some cardio into your weight training program once you have gained your desired weight. But as I said this should be the last thing on your mind when you just start training and want to pack on the pounds.

The only cardio I would recommend is some light cardio before working out to warm up the muscles you are going to use, but even this is not really necessary and can be achieved by doing warm-up sets instead.

Don’t get me wrong, there are a wide variety of health benefits you receive from doing cardio, it’s just something which you will want to put on hold whilst your goal is to gain weight.