WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Mass gainers are high-calorie protein powders designed to put on weight as result of the caloric surplus, increased protein synthesis, muscle retention, and muscle recovery.
- A common oversight by amateur bodybuilders is not eating enough calories to support desired muscle mass growth. Here, the old adage holds to true: eat to grow.
- There is a misconception that mass gainers will make you fat.
- Mass gainers also contain other ingredients that claim to promote greater anabolic, hormonal, and metabolic response.
- To an extent, there is research to support the effects of mass gainers in adding muscle mass. However, there is also research to suggest that claims, often made by the manufacturer, are greatly exaggerated and biased.
- Mass gainers are worth a go if you consider yourself a “hardgainer” or have difficulty eating all your required meals because of a busy schedule.
Mass gainers are a supplement, not a meal replacement. This point should not be overlooked. If you are going to supplement with a mass gainer then you must still take in an adequate amount of calories from your remaining meals. This is not a magic bullet that will solve all your mass gaining problems. Because there is evidence in favor and against the effectiveness of mass gainers, consume them as directed for at least 60 days. Read the ingredients, just don’t believe all the hype. Despite the claims of “massive gains” your only expectation should be a steady increase in weight and no adverse reactions. Otherwise, you will just have to take your Tupperware meals to a stairwell and eat them there and hope no one decides “to get a little exercise” and take the stairs.
If you’re looking to put on some mass, give the gainer BSN True Mass try!