GAINERS Face-Off: Part 1

by Team NCNR | June 13, 2016 Views :

Weight gainers are a boon for skinny guys who dream of getting big. All that needs to be done is to just gulp down couple of drinks and end up getting beefed like Hulk. Simple isn’t it? Well, not quite.

Weight gain/Muscle gain is a science. Just as Fat loss goal requires careful planning of calories and macronutrient intake, muscle gain also entails the same principle. It is not merely about stuffing yourself with more calories. The source of the calories and ratios of nutrients provided all determine the amount of lean mass gains. This is why sometimes in spite of going through jars after jars of gainers there are some who don’t see the desired results.

Weight gain/Muscle gain is a science. Just as Fat loss goal requires careful planning of calories and macronutrient intake, muscle gain also entails the same principle.

HISTORY OF GAINERS

As a category, weight gainers have been in market since 1960’s. Most of these products were endorsed by bodybuilding legends such as Joe Weider, which made them very popular category amongst those aspiring for a physique similar to their idols.

These initial gainer formulations were based on simple basic idea that to gain size you need to eat more calories and since fats were the devil, the only source of these added calories were carbs and proteins. Even amongst these two macronutrients, carbs were always a cheaper source of calories. Which why the older gainers always were loaded with high amounts of sugar. With such high amounts of sugars there was always a risk of gaining fat instead of lean mass. Also, with product formulation techniques at nascent stage, weight gainers during that time were fraught with mixability and palatability issues. In spite of all these challenges, weight gainers continued to be popular.

RISE OF NEW GENERATION GAINERS

As opposed to old school gainers, today’s gainers have gone for a complete overhaul. The new generation weight gainers are now formulated to fulfill your specific demands. So what you see now is that within the weight gainer category itself you have three different types viz. High Calorie gainer, Lean mass gainers and High protein gainers (Learn more about the types of gainer: In Pursuit of the Perfect Gainer

Today’s gainers have completely replaced sugars with complex carbohydrate sources such as maltodextrin or other advanced carbohydrate sources to minimize insulin spikes and resulting fat gain. What’s more, with recent advances in sports nutrition, weight gainer supplements now include essential fats, ergogenic aids as well as various matrix of micronutrients, aminos and sometimes even testosterone boosters to help you achieve your goal of lean mass gain.

GAINER WARS

For this month’s Product Wars, we have a GAINERS Face-Off. 

Let’s have a brief look at our 3 competing Weight gainers profiles:


Amongst the three, Grenade Muscle Machine Mass is a new entrant in the weight gainers category, while other two are old players.

A weight gainers ability to deliver optimum results not just relies on how much amount of calories and macros it provides, but also on the quality of ingredients that are used. 

Here’s a snapshot of where the three gainers stand in terms of quantitative and qualitative aspects.

A weight gainers ability to deliver optimum results not just relies on how much amount of calories and macros it provides, but also on the quality of ingredients that are used.

NCNR CONCLUSION:

  • First thing that you need to understand from today’s gainers wars is that Serious Mass is not a Lean mass gainer. It has protein: carb ratio of 1:5, which makes it a High calorie gainer. Whereas, Muscle Machine Mass and Muscle Juice with 1:3 carb: protein ratio are lean mass gainers.

  • High calorie gainers are suitable for ectomorphs as the added carbohydrates are used to fulfill extremely high energy demands. But if you do not have an excessively fast metabolism, then you are better off opting for a Lean mass gainer for your weight gain goal.

  • In terms of quantity of calories and macronutrients, there is not much difference between Muscle Machine Mass and Muscle Juice. But quality wise, Muscle Machine Mass has an edge. Because of its complex carb blend containing low GI Palatinose and Waxy maize starch, Muscle machine mass has a better carb profile than Muscle Juice. Also its protein sources include milk and whey based protein sources which have a high bioavailability and are known to promote better muscle building and recovery. In terms of fats, both Muscle machine mass and Muscle Juice include a healthy fat blend for a well-rounded support for muscle gain

  • Creatine free gainers like Muscle machine mass and Muscle Juice are especially good if you are working out at a beginner level. Creatine works well only when you combine it with high power output. A beginner looking for muscle gain do not generally have a higher power output. But, if you are at a higher intensity level, you will be required to stack with Creatine supplement for better results. 

We know, for those amongst you struggling to gain precious pounds of lean mass, gainers are a must. So, if you have given any of these a try, do put in you reviews and results in the comment section below.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author/s only and do not reflect the views of NEULIFE.COM or its affiliates. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Rate this Article

Poor Excellent
Overall Rating
7.5
  • Out of 10
  • 10 Ratings
2 Comments
  • i used ON serious mass bought from neulife.com 12lbs chocolate, it was orignal ,tasty and worked extremely well i gained weight from 53 to 56 in one 12lbs bag with workout and diet

    On: October 03, 2016 By: viraj shitole
  • nice one!

    On: June 16, 2016 By: Nikhil Gharkar

Comment on this Article