Weightgainers help you gain weight. It’s that simple right? Well yes and no. Weightgainers will indeed help you gain weight, if you’re in a calorific surplus, but if you’re not, they wont. Just like “fatburners” wont burn fat, weightgainers wont pile on the muscle. A weightgainer is a simple product made of protein powder with added sugar. Lots of added sugar. Looking at a random product (Mutant Mass) you’ll see that:
- One serving is 260g powder. 260!! and 1060kcal. Obviously, if you follow that, most people will gain. Problem is, you’ll ,most likely end up in a huge surplus and get fat.
- 52g protein, which is solid in itself. It comes with a whopping 182g of carbs though. While I do like my carbs, a silly amount like this will make most people drowsy.
As you can see – if you follow the instructions on the tub, you’ll most likely end up getting fat. Surprise – weightgainers will not magically make you gain 100% muscle. It’s a product that can help you gain weight. Thing is, there are many other products on the market that does this just as well, but without filling you with cheap sugars.
In this recent post, I listed a couple of “supplements” for gaining weight, however I’ll give you a few more tips on healthier options for gaining:
- Add some olive oil to all of your shakes, salads and whatever. You can also throw down olive oil shots if you’re silly. Make sure it’s a good quality oil.
- Milk. <3
- Try some adding peanutbutter or coconutmilk to a shake.
- A simple homemade healthier weightgainer option is protein powder and blended oats.
- Eat DURING your workout. I’ve found that I can eat a protein bar or throw down a shake during my workout without it filling me up.
Gaining weight is easy – that’s why half of the western world is dying of obesity. Why the hell are we making such a big deal out of it? Eat more, but stick to relatively good foods. It’s not that hard.