I'm writing an article now on how to do a mass diet without ruining your health, developing bad nutritional habits, and resorting to junk foods, fast foods, and crappy weightgainers.
In it I list two healthy weightgainer shake recipes that - unlike most weightgainers out there - contain super high quality protein, no "bad" fats, and no excess sugar. Here's a sneak peek:
Clean Mass Shake #1: Low-Carb Peanut Butter Cup Bliss
Two scoops of chocolate Metabolic Drive
Two servings of natural peanut butter
2 Cups of Carb Countdown Milk
Calories: about 700
Protein: about 72 grams
Clean Mass Shake #2: Low-Fat Fruit Smoothie
2 Scoops Metabolic Drive -- strawberry, orange cream or banana cream flavor
1 big banana
2 packets of instant, non-flavored oatmeal or Weight Control oatmeal
8 ounces of light yogurt
2 cups of skim milk
Calories: about 940
Protein: about 80 grams
I just see very little reason to resort to junk calories -- except for ignorance and laziness. Full article coming soon (if TC likes it.)
And oh, before someone says, "Yeah, but the store bought weightgainers have 1000+ calories" remember the gainer wars of the 80's.
This was when the supplement companies went to war to see who could pack the most calories into their weightgainers. Basically, they tossed in more sugar and (get ready for this) simply made the scoops bigger!
"Now with 1500 calories!"
They usually just increased the serving size without changing the formula.
So you'd buy a giant can of 1200 calorie weightgainer and it would contain 8 lousy serving. The scoops looked like something used to scoop out laundry detergent. They were huge! As I recall, they tasted really good. Buckets of sugar tend to do that.
History lesson over.