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Old 02-07-2008, 02:28 PM   #1
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I was wondering what you all thought about weight gainers? they worth cycling or having on hand? good experience with them?
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Old 02-07-2008, 02:31 PM   #2
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or anyone care to share their home made gainers?
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They tend to put on a lot of fat. They have lots of protein, but they're full of sugars and other high GI carbs. Personally I think they're a crutch for a poor diet. I guess it kind of depends on the gainer also. Some are 500-600 calories per serving while others are over 1000. I think you would be better off posting your diet and letting people critique it.
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I don't mind having a weight gainer around. In my case I'm forever bulking up, I hardly gain any fat, and as a result I'm eating my ass off every day. So for me a weight gainer is just a way to pack in those extra calories that I can't get from eating because I'm so full. I would watch the one you get because as Ross pointed out they can be loaded with anything that has calories or carbs in it.

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Old 02-07-2008, 03:36 PM   #5
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It definitely depends on the individual. Not good "nutrition" but I'm the same as Kane. I don't put on fat very easily. And what little I do put on will melt away as soon as I cut down on the olive oil or whatever .

I mean, as Widdoes was saying in an earlier thread, I'd much rather be having a steak and potatoes. Much better fuel for gaining. But when it is a numbers game and if a supplement is what you need to bump the numbers, then I don't mind a weight gainer, just like Kane. It obviously should be used to replace an already sound diet. But I think you can see from what Kane and I are saying, we already have a sound diet, we just need a little boost now and again.

It will not automatically pack on fat for everyone. You just have to experiment with it. Most weight gainers are simply made with maltodextrin as the carb. It is high gi. But that doesn't mean it's an automatic fat thing for everyone. The weight gainers that are made with low or medium gi carbs are WAY expensive. Some gainer have added ingredients (certain fibers, fats, casein maybe) to bring down the overall GI of the mix, however. It does have to do with the whole meal, not just one component alone. It is very possible to have a weight gainer with maltodextrin as a high gi carb but have the overall glycemic load of a serving be medium or lower. But there is no guarantee what really happens.

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If you act sanctimonious I will just list out your logical fallacies until you get pissed off and spew blasphemous remarks.
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Old 02-07-2008, 03:56 PM   #6
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I think a lot of ppl misuse weight gainers. I have seen a bunch of people take them assuming they will get a lot bigger just from that and than forget to eat a lot of food as well. Weight gainers are good if you supplement it with a good diet like Eric said above, just make sure you eat a lot as well as taking it.

I personally will just stick to fast food 1-2 times a day and eating foods high in protein/calories constantly. I am only 20 and I assume have a extremely fast metabolism.
Dollar menus are your best friend.(if you dont mind some fat while bulking/gaining weight and depends on metabolism)
I will be cleaning up my diet at some point
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Yes, absulutely they are SUPPLEMENTS. The fact is a lot of people replace other foods that would be much better at "bulking them up". Good point.

You know the truth is, as terrible as the food from Mcd's is for you if you overdo it, a couple of double cheeseburgers off the dollar menu are a lot better, as dirty as they are, than a weight gainer shake in terms of gaining lean mass (they are so damn salty though). But if you're completely full and you just can't shove any more solid food down your throat, then it wouldn't hurt to have a shake if it works for you.
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Old 02-07-2008, 04:18 PM   #8
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Home made weight gainer

16 oz. 2% milk
2 tablespoons canola oil
3 tablespoons peanut butter
1 banana
1 serving whey protein (example Optimum Nutrition's 100% Whey)
Approx. Total: 820 calories
95 g carbs (40g sugars)
48g fat (but only 10g sat fat, plus lots of Omega 3)
53g protein
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^^Too much fat for my liking
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I prefer homemade weight gainers myself, but i'd have to agree with kane in saying there is too much fat in your recipe. Try cuting down on the peanut butter a bit
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