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.
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: