How to gain weight: A guide to Mass Gainers

So, you have decided you would like to gain weight. For some people, that is easier said than done. If you have trouble gaining weight, what is your next step? A mass gainer is a great way to get in extra calories in an easy way. Mass gainers are designed to deliver the right nutrition to achieve growth. But how do they work? IN this article we answer all the questions you need to know about mass gainers, so you can achieve the best results from your hard work in the gym. 


What is mass gainer?

A mass gainer is a supplement that is designed to deliver calories to your body fast. This is ideal for people who have trouble eating enough food to meet their caloric needs, or just want a convenient way to fit calories into their diet fast. They consist of protein, carbohydrates and fats in ideal ratios to make it easy to hit the desired macros for weight gain. 


What is in a mass gainer?

Mass gainers consist of carbohydrates, protein and fats, in that order. Carbohydrates will usually be in the form of slow release complex carbohydrates, such as sweet potato and chia seeds. The carbohydrates in mass gainer serve two purposes. Firstly they help your body fuel up before a workout (or replenish after a workout) and secondly, they supply your body with calories to use to build muscle. The next most important ingredient is protein. This of course helps your body to build muscle. And finally, mass gainers contain healthy fats, to help replenish your cells provide a source of energy. Some mass gainers will also contain creatine to further help muscle building. 


What does mass gainer do?

Mass gainers deliver calories in the correct macro ratio for muscle building. They provide your body energy, protein and nutrition to help grow muscle. The most important role of a mass gainer is to provide your body with a caloric surplus, without which your body cannot build muscle. Each serve of mass gainer contains roughly 600 calories, which is more calories than two McDonalds cheeseburgers, and much easier and faster  to consume.


How does mass gainer work?

Mass gainer works in several ways. The most important role of a mass gainer is to provide your body with extra calories and nutrition, which it can use to build muscle. The second role is to provide your body with the correct macros that you need to grow and refuel after workouts. The third role of mass gainer is to make it quick and easy to achieve a caloric surplus. Yes, it is possible to get the same amount of calories from food sources, but mass gainer makes it quick and convenient. 


What is the difference between mass gainer and protein powder?

Protein powder is designed to be mainly protein, with some added ingredients for flavour. Mass gainer contains calories from many food sources, and is designed to deliver carbs, protein and fat in ideal ratios. Another difference between Mass Gainer and protein is calories. A typical serve of protein powder will contain between 100 - 150 calories per serve, whereas a mass gainer will contain upwards of 500 calories per serve. 


Why is mass gainer expensive?

Mass gainer can be expensive for 2 reasons. Firstly, it contains highly quality carbs rather than cheap sugars. And secondly, it comes in large containers that consist of 1000s of calories. If you compare that to the cost of buying those calories as whole foods, it is not that expensive. For instance, a bag of Emrald Labs Post Mass contains a total of 25000 calories. That’s equivalent to about 80 cheeseburgers. That would cost $268, however a bag of Post Mass only costs $150. For good quality calories that is really good value! 


When to use mass gainer

The best time to use mass gainer is after a workout. This is to provide your muscle with nutrition at the ideal time to help them grow. You can also take mass gainer before bed to prevent catabolism when you sleep. Catabolism in the process in which your body breaks down your muscles to use as energy. When you are trying to gain mass you want to make sure your body has fuel to use at all times to prevent catabolism. 


Can mass gainer replace meals?

Mass gainer can definitely be used as a meal replacement, although we suggest to maximise the results of your mass gainer you take it in addition to meals. THis will assist you in getting into a caloric surplus so you can grow. 


Does mass gainer make you fat?

No, a muscle gainer by itself will not make you fat. However, if you are in a caloric surplus you need to be performing some activity such as lifting weights in order to encourage your muscles to grow. If you are in a caloric surplus without exercising your body then you may end up gaining unwanted fat. 


Will mass gainer help build muscle?

Your body needs two things to gain muscle. First it needs hypertrophy, which is the process of tearing your muscles through physical exercise. Secondly, it needs excess calories in order to build that muscle back up. A mass gainer can help provide the calories needed to build muscle, but it is up to you to make sure you are exercising hard enough to cause hypertrophy. 


Does mass gainer work for skinny guys?

A mass gainer will be very beneficial for people who struggle to gain weight. The hardest challenge for “skinny” guys when it comes to gaining weight and muscle is eating enough food. A mass gainer makes it easy to consume a surplus of calories. In order to gain a kg of muscle you need to consume 7000 extra calories. Adding 600 calories to your diet in the form of a serve of mass gainer will achieve that in 11 days. 


Do mass gainers increase belly fat?

Spot gaining weight is not really possible, unless you have a hormonal or health problem. The reason that beer drinkers get a beer belly is because men tend to gain fat in the stomach. If you are working out regularly and are not totally overdoing it with your calories, then a mass gainer will not cause you to gain excess belly fat.


Which mass gainer is best for bulking?

Emrald Labs Post Mass contains the ideal mix of natural carbohydrates, lean protein and healthy fats to achieve a clean bulk. The best mass gainer is ideally the one that you like the taste of, and Post mass comes in 5 delicious flavours. 


Where to buy mass gainer

You can buy mass gainer directly from Emrald Labs, either by itself or as part of our strength stack. Post Mass is also stocked at Elite Supplements stores Australia wide.