face it, in order to gain muscle mass and weight, you need to
consume more calories than you burn and that would include heavy
lifting, more calorie intake and moderate cardio training. Nutrition
is definitely of utmost importance because in order to grow, you
need to eat. Consuming whole foods is a key component in any weight
gaining routine but there are times weight gain supplements come
in handy and are really convenient as meal replacement.
A lot of people training at the gym use some kind of supplement
and weight gainers are among one of them. These supplements are
getting more and more popular primarily because more and more
skinny guys want to bulk up and due to the fact that eating 6
meals per day is not easy, having recourse to weight gainers is
the perfect route to take for many.
Many aspiring bodybuilders notably hardgainers are looking for
the holy grail of weight gainers and with the vast amount of weight
gain supplements on the market, it's like finding a needle in
a haystack but in this article I'm going to pinpoint out the best
weight gainers in terms of quality and calories.
important to note that choosing a weight gainer based on only
the amount of calories is a mistake as all calories are not created
equal. It's recommended to choose a weight gainer that has more
protein and carbs with minimal fats and sugars, so it's vital
to read the nutrition label carefully. The simple reason is that
too much fat and sugar isn't too healthy. Fats also contain 9
calories per gram and that's 2.25 times more calories than protein
and carbs at 4 calories per gram each. As for sugar, this can
add up pretty fast for weight gainers that has lots of sugar as
1 gram of sugar has 3.87 calories. Imagine some weight gainers
at 60-80 grams of sugar per serving, that's 232-309 calories just
from sugar alone. Frankly speaking, I wouldn't touch a weight
gainer that contain that many calories from sugar.
serving size of the different weight gainers on the market will
vary, so don't automatically assume that weight gainer A has more
calories than weight gainer B simply based on the amount of calories
displayed on the supplement. You can always adjust the serving
size to increase or decrease the calories. What is more important
is to read the nutrition label and check where the calories are
When you're trying to bulk up, it's unavoidable that you will
also gain some fat in the process but most of your gains should
come from muscle mass, this is why selecting a quality weight
gainer is of vital importance. Weight gainers that have more protein,
decent amount of carbs and less fat and sugar are usually your
in-depth research, here are the top 7 weight gainers with most
calories without sacrificing the quality aspect as well.
Naked Mass Premium Weight Gainer
only three ingredients notably whey protein concentrate, micellar
casein and complex carbs ie organic tapioca maltodextrin, this
is a high-quality weight gainer and one of the healthiest on the
market. Produced by Naked Nutrition, this weight gainer is packed
with 1,250 calories per serving at 4 scoops. Even at 2 scoops,
you still get a whopping 625 quality calories.
serving size(4 scoops/321 grams), you get 1,250 calories, 50 grams
protein, 252 grams carbs, 5 grams sugars, 2.5 grams fat, 1 gram
are six reasons why Naked Mass is my favorite weight gainer of
from quality ingredients
let the amount of calories alone fool you. Not all calories are
created equal, thus more and more calories are not necessarily
better if the calorie source isn't good or if most of the calories
come from fats, sugars, simple carbs and a bunch of fillers. With
Naked Mass, you get an optimal ratio of clean source multi-phase
protein and complex carbs, so you're actually getting 1,250 calories
from quality ingredients. In addition, Naked Mass is also cold
processed and made using acid and bleach-free processing hence
the proteins have not been denatured.
the health-conscious individual, this supplement is completely
natural. It does not contain any artificial sweeteners like sucralose,
acesulfame potassium, aspartame and no artificial flavors or colors
whatsoever, heck it only has 3 ingredients ie organic tapioca
maltodextrin, whey protein concentrate and micellar casein protein,
so you're getting the real good stuff.
proteins are derived from milk of grass-fed cows so it's really
high quality. Naked Nutrition vouches on organic products. Grass-fed
cows are better than grain-fed cows.
carbs used in Naked Mass are not some cheap simple carbs or inferior
wheat based maltodextrins, instead they use organic tapioca which
is a complex carb. Complex carbs are what you should eat in your
nutrition routine most of the time as they provide a gradual release
of energy and don't cause any energy spike and crash thereafter.
Complex carbs are also highly nutritious and will help you gain
muscle mass as relying on protein alone for muscle building isn't
enough. Other examples of complex carbs include sweet potatoes,
yams, taro, brown rice, rolled oats, oat bran etc... Per 4 scoop
serving, you get 252 grams of complex carbs.
composed of amino acids are the building blocks of muscles as
you already know and with Naked Mass, you get a great amount of
protein at 50 grams per 4 scoop serving. With whey protein concentrate
and micellar casein combined, you get instant released and time
released proteins keeping your body anabolic.
chain amino acids(BCAAs) ie Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine are
vital for building muscle as they help in protein synthesis and
stimulate muscle growth. Per 4 scoop serving, you get 11.5 grams
Even at a 2 scoop serving, you still get 25 grams of protein,
5.75 grams of BCAAs, 126 grams of complex carbs and 625 calories
which is still great. Instead of a total of 11 servings at 4 scoops,
you'll get 22 servings at 2 scoops and your weight gainer tub
can last longer. If you plan to have 4 scoops per day, you can
easily divide that into 2 meals.
Mass is also soy free, gluten free, growth hormone free and GMO
free(genetically modified organism).
can also create your own homemade weight gainer with different supplements
and this will definitely last you much longer. Here is a great combination
below. Adding whole milk and fruits like bananas, blueberries or
strawberries will improve the taste and increase your calorie intake
as well as boosting the nutritional value of your weight gainer.
Tip: For a frosty and more delicious
shake, freeze the banana beforehand. Peel it first, slice it into
1-2 inch chunks, put it in a ziplock bag in a single layer and then
store it in the freezer. It's best to use overripe and spotty bananas
as they are sweeter and have more flavor. Actually you can freeze
any fruit you want but frozen bananas, frozen blueberries and frozen
strawberries are more popular to use in a weight gainer shake.
Naked Oats + Whey and Naked Casein and Naked Peanut
Butter. If you follow the serving size on the label, this gives
200 calories + 110 calories + 50 calories = 360 calories. Adding
8 oz of whole milk and 1 medium banana to your weight gainer shake
provides an additional 136 calories and 105 calories respectively
for a total of 360 + 136 + 105 = 601 calories. This is a great weight
gainer shake from good clean calories. You're getting complex carbs
and dietary fiber from oats, clean source multi-phase protein from
whey and micellar casein, healthy omega-3 fats from the peanut butter
and potassium from the banana. For the macronutrients from the 3
supplements, here is a breakdown:
Protein - 58 grams
Complex carbs - 27 grams
Healthy fats - 3.5 grams
Dietary fiber - 9 grams
Sugars - 4 grams
Optimum Nutrition Pro Complex Gainer, Double Chocolate, 10.19
Pound (Packaging May Vary)
weight gainer high on my list is Pro Complex Gainer by Optimum
Nutrition. Contains whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate,
calcium caseinate, egg albumen, hydrolyzed whey peptides and glutamine
serving size(1 scoop/165 grams), you get 650 calories, 60 grams
protein, 85 grams carbs, 6 grams sugars, 8 grams fat, 5 grams
dietary fiber. Gram per gram, this weight gainer has more protein
and calories than Naked Mass. At 321 grams, you'll get 116 grams
of protein, 165 grams carbs, 11 grams sugars, 15 grams fat, 9
grams dietary fiber for a total of 1,264 calories.
Nature's Best Isopure Mass, Dutch Chocolate, 7 Pound
maltodextrin and whey protein isolates as carbs and protein respectively,
per 321 grams serving, you'll get 106 grams of protein, 172 grams
carbs, 6 grams sugars, 10 grams fat, 8 grams dietary fiber for a
total of 1,203 calories.
Universal Nutrition Real Gains, Chocolate Ice Cream, 10.6-Pounds
Real Gains protein complex consists of whey protein isolate,
whey protein concentrate, micellar casein, calcium caseinate and
you also get maltodextrin as carbs. Per 321 grams serving, you'll
get 109 grams of protein, 173 grams carbs, 14 grams sugars, 12 grams
fat, 10 grams dietary fiber for a total of 1,246 calories.
Ultimate Weight Gainer 7 Pounds (Unflavored)
With a protein blend of micellar casein and whey protein isolate
and carbs like waxy maize and maltodextrin, this is also one of
the healthiest weight gainers out there. At 321 grams per serving,
you'll get 90 grams protein, 195 grams carbs, 6 grams sugars, 1.6
grams fat for a total of 1,179 calories.
CytoSport Cyto Gainer
whey protein hydrolysate, whey protein concentrate, milk protein
isolate, creatine monohydrate, l-glutamine and maltodextrin. Per
321 grams serving, you'll get 115 grams protein, 158 grams carbs,
21 grams sugars, 10 grams fat, 4 grams dietary fiber for a total
of 1,198 calories.
ProMix Nutrition 8.25LB Mass Gainer,252g of Carbs, 50G of Protein
but not least, ProMix Nutrition has come up with its own weight
gainer and it's a clear winner. Contains grass-fed whey protein,
micellar casein, non-GMO egg whites, organic gluten-free complex
carb tapioca maltodextrin, creatine monohydrate, l-glutamine and
a superior bioavailability of 28 vitamins and minerals your body
needs to grow. Per 2 heaping scoops(340 grams serving), you'll
get 50 grams protein, 252 grams carbs, 16 grams sugars, 4 grams
fat, 7 grams dietary fiber for a total of 1,275 calories without
milk and 1,640 calories with low-fat milk. With real cocoa powder
and no artificial sweeteners, this is a MUST have in your supplement
stack if you're bulking.