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Advice on Mass Gainer?

So i have been working out 3-4 times a week mainly working on the big lifts while i was at my MOS School at Camp Lejeune. I got there weighing 143 due to going through a month of marine combat training. The first 2 1/2 months i added around 12lbs to bring me up to 155 lbs(by the way im only 66inches, i know im short). The next month and a half i worked out and tried to eat as much as possible and i still hovered around 155lbs. I am home now and im in the process of taking 1-2 weeks off from training until i hit the gym again.

I am thinking of taking a mass gainer instead of just protein which is what i usually only take. I’m just wondering if i could get some of your guys feedback on what a good quality weight gainer would be? Any thoughts or advice would be helpful. Thanks guys

[quote]ejohnson1887 wrote:
So i have been working out 3-4 times a week mainly working on the big lifts while i was at my MOS School at Camp Lejeune. I got there weighing 143 due to going through a month of marine combat training. The first 2 1/2 months i added around 12lbs to bring me up to 155 lbs(by the way im only 66inches, i know im short). The next month and a half i worked out and tried to eat as much as possible and i still hovered around 155lbs. I am home now and im in the process of taking 1-2 weeks off from training until i hit the gym again.

I am thinking of taking a mass gainer instead of just protein which is what i usually only take. I’m just wondering if i could get some of your guys feedback on what a good quality weight gainer would be? Any thoughts or advice would be helpful. Thanks guys[/quote]

If you are looking to squeeze in more calories liquid is a good easy way to do it. However, most mass gainers are cheep protein and a ton of crap carbs.

I would recommend getting a good bulk protein and mixing in carbs/fats of your choice to add calories. Olive oil, oats, fruit, yogurt, cottage cheese, peanut butter, est.

[quote]DoubleDuce wrote:

If you are looking to squeeze in more calories liquid is a good easy way to do it. However, most mass gainers are cheep protein and a ton of crap carbs.

I would recommend getting a good bulk protein and mixing in carbs/fats of your choice to add calories. Olive oil, oats, fruit, yogurt, cottage cheese, peanut butter, est.[/quote]

Agreed.

Start with Metabolic Drive Complete and add any of the foods DoubleDuce mentioned above.

[quote]DoubleDuce wrote:
ejohnson1887 wrote:
So i have been working out 3-4 times a week mainly working on the big lifts while i was at my MOS School at Camp Lejeune. I got there weighing 143 due to going through a month of marine combat training.

The first 2 1/2 months i added around 12lbs to bring me up to 155 lbs(by the way im only 66inches, i know im short). The next month and a half i worked out and tried to eat as much as possible and i still hovered around 155lbs. I am home now and im in the process of taking 1-2 weeks off from training until i hit the gym again.

I am thinking of taking a mass gainer instead of just protein which is what i usually only take. I’m just wondering if i could get some of your guys feedback on what a good quality weight gainer would be? Any thoughts or advice would be helpful. Thanks guys

If you are looking to squeeze in more calories liquid is a good easy way to do it. However, most mass gainers are cheep protein and a ton of crap carbs.

I would recommend getting a good bulk protein and mixing in carbs/fats of your choice to add calories. Olive oil, oats, fruit, yogurt, cottage cheese, peanut butter, est.[/quote]

seconded or thirded. w.e lol.

I agree with the guys above.

Recently I designed a range of supplements for a U.K manufacturer (cant say sorry, they havent been released yet), and trust me when i say that 99.99% of the weight gainer products out there contain less than great ingredients, in often inconvenient quantities, and at a pretty crap price too.

My advice, invest in a quality protein powder blend, like Metabolic Drive complete, or low carb Metabolic Drive, or even grow whey, and make your own using the powder as a base and include whole foods.

The whole foods will provide you with additional Kcalories and micronutrients not available in commercial products. And the best part is that you have control of the nutritional content and ingredient specifications.

Great additions to protein powders are omega 3 eggs (raw), lactose reduce milk, cream, coconut oil, nuts, fruits, oats, the list is virtually endless and limited only by your taste and imagination.

When it comes to products, best to buy ingredients and not an image!

Make sure your eating a huge breakfast and complement it with a nice pre workout and post workout plan.

Dont use the average weight gainer found at GNC. Like DoubleDuce said in his post, they are full of crap carbs. Get the good bulk.

How about just using whey concentrate as the base?

Whole Milk

the best mass gainer if you are poor is a jar of peanut butter a day. no joke.

I agree with what others are saying.

Most “mass gainers” on the market today require you to use something crazy like 4+ scoops of their product. It won’t last that long.

Another thing I noticed last time I read the back of one of these mass gainers was that it was full of crap. Tons of sugars and other stuff that wasn’t needed.

Instead of the gainer, snag yourself a blender. I got one at target for $24 a few months ago and use it on a daily basis.

My most recent big shake:
4 eggs
1 shot glass of EVOO
2 Cups whole milk
1 scoop whey

400+350+300+100=1150 calories (roughly)

Whole milk + Grow + oats + Peanut Butter = great gainer shake…

add in bananas to make it even tastier…

Also /agree with Brock about most gainer shakes getting the majority of their calories from sugar… they are a waste of money. Just get a good protein powder and add in caloricaly dense foods… The above shake in a 20+ ounce version can easily have over 1k calories if you want it to and those are good calories.

I think i am going to end up getting a blender and a good quality whey and possibly casein protein powder as bases and add other ingredients to it to start making my own mass gain shakes. So any other good recipes you guys care to share?

-Also i have started to get my wife to work out with me. You guys got any recipes on good fat loss shakes?

Mine isn’t that exciting, but it’s my post bedtime snack. Just Metabolic Drive complete and some peanut butter, maybe olive oil too. I don’t use milk though because it causes stomach discomfort and affects my sleeping.