A gainer is a bodybuilding supplement usually composed of both high and low glycemic carbohydrates and protein (usually in the form of calcium caseinate, milk and whey protein) and often other nutrients such as certain vitamins and minerals.
Higher glycemic carbohydrates will prompt a steep rise in blood glucose, forcing an equal release of insulin by the body to counter the long-term negative effects of high blood sugar, inhibiting the effects of cortisol. Some of the carbohydrates are immediately absorbed by the muscles without insulin. The rest is stored as glycogen in the liver and muscles. The insulin spike, given by carbohydrates, help other supplements (ex.: creatine, protein) to be absorbed better and faster.
A mass gainer is a powerhouse of a milkshake which is made up of protein, carbohydrates and fat (you need a little fat in your diet) with added vitamins and minerals to give it a complete nutrient profile. The shake would be comparable to sitting down to a medium-sized family dinner.
If you don’t do any exercise you can use the mass gainer once a day, preferably first thing in the morning if you don’t normally eat breakfast, otherwise mid-morning. For bodybuilding purposes, start by taking it once a day and then, after a week or two, add a second serving straight after your workout.
Mass gainers are a convenient way to help you gain weight or add on some muscle while tasting absolutely great!
One of the tricks to gaining muscle is that you need a high calorie diet to add body weight. Mass gainers were created as a solution for when this is too difficult to do with your normal eating habits.
Mass gainers are a relatively simple idea. While the ingredients themselves differ between supplement, they are always packed full of calories in the form of fat and usually contain some type of protein powder.
Mass gainer provides some obvious benefits for muscle builders of all levels. Here are a few you’ll see from taking mass gainer supplements:
MEET ANY CALORIE REQUIREMENT
– The obvious benefit of mass gainers is that they’ll help you meet any caloric requirement that your workout might involve. Trying to meet these requirements by eating plate after plate of food can by trying and expensive, while supplementing with mass gainers not only simplifies this process but also provides other benefits as well.
SWIFTER DIGESTION AND ABSORPTION
– Mass gainers are high in fiber which play a key role in removing toxic waste from your body and leads to increased effectiveness of your body’s digestive and absorption processes.
– Taking mass gainers will lend itself to faster recovery rates. This is a result of having the optimal amount of calories and proteins in your body so it can produce the energy pre, post and during your workout.
Not every mass gainer is the same. Some will include things like specially formulated fats to help you build lean muscle mass or creatine which helps your body work hard during your routines.