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Do Wt Gainers Cause Beer Bellies?

I was talking to a guy at the gym and he said that he was weary of weight gainer powders because some friend(s) of his went on it and ended up with “beer-bellies.” Is this really the case?

Any calorie surplus over your needs (which includes calories to grow muscle) will be stored as fat if your muscle and liver glycogen have already been topped off.

Some say that because weight gainers are mostly just sugar with “cheap” protein that they can lead to more rapid fat gain, but that is debatable and highly individualistic.

All this to say, “It depends.”

[quote]TJ_T wrote:
I was talking to a guy at the gym and he said that he was weary of weight gainer powders because some friend(s) of his went on it and ended up with “beer-bellies.” Is this really the case? [/quote]

An excessive amount of calories well over what you need to build/repair muscle over a prolonged period of time can (but doesn’t always) produce the ‘beer belly’ look.

Another words, if you eat too much (almost irregardless of where the calories in your diet are coming from) for a long enough period of time you can get excessively fat.

basically what the 2 above stated. If you over do it and try to gain too much weight too fast then you will get the belly. If you take your time and slowly increase calorie intake then you are fine. I have always taken weight gainers as it is easier to get the right amount of protein and calories in a day.

I just take it once a day though instead of the suggested 3. I take Cyto-Gainer and Muscle Milk Collegiate by the way.

We prefer to call them, “bulk bellies” here.

Although, if you’re gonna have a beer gut, I say at least drink the beer to get it… but that’s just me.

[quote]W@LRUS!1 wrote:
TJ_T wrote:
I was talking to a guy at the gym and he said that he was weary of weight gainer powders because some friend(s) of his went on it and ended up with “beer-bellies.” Is this really the case?

An excessive amount of calories well over what you need to build/repair muscle over a prolonged period of time can (but doesn’t always) produce the ‘beer belly’ look.

Another words, if you eat too much (almost irregardless of where the calories in your diet are coming from) for a long enough period of time you can get excessively fat.[/quote]

I think you meant regardless, not irregardless (<—not a real word, even though it is in the dictionary as a colloquialism).

[quote]PozzSka wrote:

I think you meant regardless, not irregardless (<—not a real word, even though it is in the dictionary as a colloquialism).

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“The most frequently repeated remark about it is that “there is no such word.” There is such a word, however. It is still used primarily in speech, although it can be found from time to time in edited prose. Its reputation has not risen over the years, and it is still a long way from general acceptance. Use regardless instead.”

Chronically elevated insulin levels has been correlated to fat deposition around the belly and love handles. Since most weight gainers are most often whey concentrate and dextrose, they cause a huge insulin spike. So if you’re taking a weight gainer several times a day, chances are you’re going to gain some belly fat.

Moral of the story: weight gainers are poor quality food and you should stick to whole foods. Very few people are big enough to justify having to use a weight gainer because of stomach capacity issues.

[quote]FightinIrish26 wrote:
We prefer to call them, “bulk bellies” here.

Although, if you’re gonna have a beer gut, I say at least drink the beer to get it… but that’s just me.[/quote]

What he said.

[quote]GT625 wrote:
Chronically elevated insulin levels has been correlated to fat deposition around the belly and love handles. [/quote]

That’s like saying, “eating 15 dozen doughnuts everyday has been proven to lead to belly fat”. Uh, no shit. That doesn’t mean the insulin caused the gain in body fat but rather the eating habits and caloric excess did.

I am only responding because that was written as if someone who eats the same calories in excess will somehow gain less body fat on their belly and love handles as long as they didn’t increase insulin levels as much. I would think things are little more complicated than that with overall calories being the primary factor as far as whether someone gains or loses weight. Lifestyle would be the other larger factor.

I think weight gainers can benefit some individuals who are rank beginners with lightening fast metabolisms (as long as they aren’t just overloaded with simple carbs and focus more on protein). I think overall there are better alternatives but don’t discount them all together for some small group of people in certain instances. I think MOST people should just concentrate on forcing their bodies to accept more food at a given time which usually comes from gradually increasing food intake over time.

[quote]PozzSka wrote:
I think you meant regardless, not irregardless (<—not a real word, even though it is in the dictionary as a colloquialism).
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I prefer the use of informal vernacular language here at t-net.

thanx fer techen me reel gud PozzSka!

[quote]Arms Afire wrote:
FightinIrish26 wrote:
We prefer to call them, “bulk bellies” here.

Although, if you’re gonna have a beer gut, I say at least drink the beer to get it… but that’s just me.

What he said.[/quote]

Mix the weight gainer with a Guinnes.