These can be easily distinguished, as the higher calorie and carbohydrate formulas will be called.
Mass gainers are mainly for 3 groups of people: people with on-the-go lifestyles who are constantly running around and simply don't have time to eat 6 meals a day, people with weak appetites who simply don't have the ability to take in their caloric needs for growth; and the last group, hardgainers. Other Ingredients: Maltodextrin, LeanPro® Nitric Boost XL muscle building complex weight loss Mass Protein Blend Cross Flow Ultra-Micro Filtered Whey Protein Concentrate, Milk Protein Isolate (Yielding Fast Acting Whey Protein Peptides, Branched Chain Amino Acids, L-Glutamine Peptides, and Slow Acting Casein Peptides, Calcium Caseinate), Egg Albumin, Whey Protein Isolate, Dutched Cocoa, Fructose, Fibersol-2 (fiber), Natural & Artificial Flavors, Vitamin & Mineral Blend (Di-Calcium Phosphate, Magnesium Oxide, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin E Acetate, Niacinamide, Electrolytic Iron, Zinc Oxide, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Copper Gluconate, Riboflavin, Vitamin A Acetate, Thiamin Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin B12) Creatine Monohydrate, L-Glutamine, Cellulose, Ace-K, Sucralose. For convenience sake Mass Gainer supplements provide an effective on-the-go option for meeting caloric needs, certainly adding 2-3 serves of a high quality Mass Gainer within the range of $4.50-$7.50 per serve will be far more cost effective than the cost and time involved with preparing an additional 2-3 meals per day, not to mention less intrusive from a lifestyle point of view.
Ok, now you have a good understanding of how Mass Gainers should be incorporated into your nutritional plan and how to decide on the most appropriate product for your needs, it is now time to ‘whey' up the cost (pun intended). Using a Mass Gainer as a high calorie post-workout shake is generally the first place to start, providing an influx of carbohydrates (glycogen) and protein to support growth and recovery following training. Ideally you want a product that contains 40g-50g of protein per serve comprised of whey isolate , whey protein concentrate , casein or a blend of all three to help with maximizing muscle protein synthesis and nitrogen balance.
If you find yourself needing to meet extreme daily calorie requirements and the scale still won't budge adding 2-3 servings of a weight gainer shake per day can help you to easily and effectively exceed those requirements. Therefore before deciding if purchasing a weight gainer is a sensible investment, you need to be brutally honest with yourself and ensure there are no obvious gaps in your diet and nutritional regime Can your truthfully say it's impossible to prepare and fit in another meal in your diet, increase your portion sizes or substitute in some calorie dense snacks throughout the day such as nuts, seeds or whole milk? Mass & Weight Gainers are produced, packaged and sold in the same way as most other supplements, but in reality they are simply a convenient way of consuming more calories.
If your goal is to gain muscle and strength then as a fundamental rule you MUST increase your daily calories above maintenance levels in order to provide your body with enough protein, carbohydrate and fat to build new muscle tissue.