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The Scoop on Weight Gainers
The use of supplements has always been a big topic for those who are serious about getting into shape. I have always been asked questions on whether or not a particular type of nutritional supplement is good or bad. Supplements can be very beneficial in muscle growth, muscle proficiency and aid in preventing muscle fatigue. They can also be abused and used too often; causing a dependency, overuse and possibly damage to the body because of very little understanding or guidance to use. This article is an introduction into the vast world of muscle inhibitors, what to look for when purchasing, facts and stats on what they do and how often to use them.
We will start with the basics of weight gainers
What it’s all about!
Weight gainers are a form of athletic dietary supplement and have been around for a very long time. They have been mainly used in extreme muscle competitions and professional athletes continue to use them to help bulk up. Nowadays the regular Joe has been consuming this product to help gain mass due to either weight management issues or just simply not being able to pack on the pounds to get to a desired size or look. Weight gainers are composed of a combination of protein, carbohydrates (sugars and starches) fats, and a slew of vitamins and minerals. They also come in many flavours from vanilla to chocolate mint. They are intended to be consumed throughout your day along with a normal intake of proper healthy foods. Weight gainers along with the foods consumed throughout the day pump your body with more calories than you can actually burn, thus causing you to gain size. While consuming, it is important to follow a healthy regiment of food intake as well as the right vitamins and minerals. The idea is to not miss out on a meal and supplement with a weight gainer. Don’t feel timid about the efficiency of the supplement as naturally it takes time for your body to process and adjust to eventually gain that desired amount of weight. Many brands also contain traces of creatine which also add to the effects of creating rapid growth.
Caloric intake of weight gainers ranges from 500-1200 calories per serving depending on amount of scoops per serving as well as what liquid of choice and mixture of things you add to it. I prefer to blend skim milk along with fresh fruits with my shake for optimum taste and results. Obviously, the more you mix with your shake the higher the calorie content.
Weight gainers aid in packing on serious mass without having to be constantly eating throughout the course of your day. Benefits range from increased mass, stamina, energy and endurance. There have been reports where consumers have felt sluggish because they pack on serious pounds at a rapid rate. Therefore exercise is crucial when taking a weight gainer because any excess calories or complex carbohydrates that are not being utilized go to fat storage.
Before considering taking any type of weight gainer; weigh out any alternative options.
This is mainly because some of these products may contain particular ingredients that may not be good for your body. These types of products are mass produced and different additives are incorporated in the process. A good alternative to a weight gainer would be to enrich your diet with complex carbohydrates. Those consist of various fibres and starches that are high in nutrition and contain many vitamins. The main benefit of complex carbs is that because your system absorbs higher fibre foods at a slower rate, you will ultimately feel fuller for a much longer period of time.
Complex carbohydrates are found in:
- Vegetables, Fruits & Nuts
- Bran & Whole Grains
- Potato & Sweet Potato
If you are still unsure whether or not to try out a weight gainer then rely on the expertise of your family physician. This is crucial because health issues such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol can pose as a risk when taking this type of supplement. If you don’t have any medical concerns or you are in the clear to take such a supplement then remember to give you body time to adjust to the serving size by starting off with a half scoop then adding more. A very important point is to work out and stay active for best results.
Tips: (picking out the right gainer)
- Decide on the results and goals you want to reach.
- Seek advice from your family physician
- If goals are to gain minimal size then focus on your diet and daily food intake (see complex carbs)
- If goals are to pack on serious mass then consider a gainer
- Conduct research on the different brands, read the labels for ingredients and product reviews. Every person is different, not everyone yields the same results.
- Trial period, start off with a half scoop and work your way up
- Continue daily workout regime but try and implement new techniques and workouts
- Monitor results