Gaining weight as part of a fitness plan is an incredibly difficult task – adding pounds of muscle requires excess calories, yet working out burns calories. Athletes often have a hard time outpacing their daily calorie requirements and thus rely on weight gainer to provide assistance. As with everything else, weight gain supplements vary in quality, so be sure to choose carefully.
Muscle Asylum Project Mass Impact
Mass Impact’s excellent formula provides 1,020 calories and just five grams of sugar and five grams of fat. Each serving offers 40 grams of protein and 203 grams of carbohydrates to help you build muscle quickly. Fat-burning, medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) and amino acids are also included.
Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass
Optimum’s Serious Mass is effective mainly due to its high number of calories 1,250 in one serving. This powder packs in 50 grams of protein and 252 grams of carbohydrates per serving, with no added sugar. The formula also includes antioxidants and many vitamins and minerals.
Cytosport Monster Mass
The creators of Muscle Milk offer a solid weight gainer with top-quality ingredients. The serving size is a bit low at 630 calories but still provides 50 grams of protein and a sustained-release blend of proteins, which will keep you in a muscle-building state for hours.
Ultimate Nutrition Muscle Juice 2544
Muscle Juice is another high-calorie gainer, with 990 calories and 55 grams of protein. The formula includes amino acids for muscle recovery and a sustained-release protein blend. Muscle Juice also has a large concentration of MCTs to encourage fat burning.
AllMax Nutrition QuickMass
QuickMass contains 1,010 calories and a sustained-release blend of proteins. Each serving offers 54 grams of protein, nine grams of fiber, plus MCTs and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), another fatty acid shown to encourage fat burning. QuickMass also contains 164 grams of carbohydrates and is enhanced with digestive enzymes.
BSN True-Mass is a little lower in calories than other gainers with 630, but offers four grams of protein, 76 grams of carbohydrates and five grams of fiber. True-Mass contains an extended-release protein blend that makes it suitable for all-day use and is fortified with many vitamins and minerals.
Cytogainer, at 570 calories per serving, is a bit low for a weight gainer, but the rest of the formula is solid. Each serving has just six grams of fat and seven grams of sugar but provides 54 grams of protein and 75 grams of carbohydrates.
Iso Meal Xtreme Meal Replacement Bar
This protein bar is an excellent weight gainer, since it contains 470 calories and 31 grams of protein. It offers convenience and portability as well as eight grams of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. It is made from whole grains and is low in sugar.
Ultimate Nutrition Muscle Juice Revolution 2600
Muscle Juice Revolution is another high calorie gainer with 1,020 calories per serving. It contains 56 grams of a sustained-release protein blend, including sources such as whey (quickly absorbed) and casein (gradually absorbed). This product also includes omega-3 fatty acids, MCTs and CLA.
Dymatize High Protein Mega Gainer
Dymatize’s High Protein Mega Gainer isn’t the highest in calories, 600, but it still provides 60 grams of sustained-release protein. Of the 81 grams of carbohydrates, only five grams are sugar, and there are just three grams of fat per serving. This product also contains creatine and a digestive enzyme blend.
- Muscle Asylum Project Mass Impact
- Optimum Nutrition: Serious Mass
- Cytosport: Monster Mass
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