As a skinny guy I’ve heard it a thousand times: “Why don’t you eat more? You’re so skinny!”. What most people don’t realize is I’m not skinny because I’m fit, or because I choose to be; I’m skinny because I can’t gain weight even if I try!
When it’s impossible to put on weight quickly through normal means, sometimes a little outside help is in order. There’s only so much energy your body can take in when you’re eating three meals per day, and some folks don’t have the time or know-how to cook.
A good ‘mass gainer’ supplement is a fantastic way to add those extra calories to your diet. It can be just enough to push you over the hump!
Mass gainers are serious business. They don’t all taste very good, and some are pretty pricey.
What’s the best mass gainer supplement on the market, and what makes it so great?
So What Mass Gainer Supplement Should I Choose?
Before we get into a few of my favourites, let me be up front about this: if you can avoid using a supplement, do it! They’re an extra expense, and I don’t think any supplement is as good as real food.
If you can manage to add an extra good, balanced meal or two to your repertoire, do it! Will wrote a great article on some cheap, healthy foods that are great for putting on weight, I definitely recommend giving it a read!
Personally, meals alone aren’t enough. I don’t have the discipline or the planning skills to get enough calories into my diet. So here’s a couple of great supplements for gaining mass quickly.
Optimum Nutrition Pro-Complex Mass Gainer Supplement
Alright. So when you’re hunting for a supplement to gain some weight, it’s pretty tempting to go for the ‘quick fixes’ out there. There are some very affordable, calorie rich powders on the market, and they are tempting.
But they have one fatal flaw: they require you to take in WAY too much powder per serving! Sure it’s got monster calories, but good luck chugging a half gallon of slop!
Be realistic! Get something you can feasibly drink and enjoy in one sitting.
I’m a big fan of many of Optimum Nutrition’s offerings because they’re fairly affordable and extremely drinkable, a nice combo. This one is my particular favourite.
Nutritionally, the Pro-Complex mix has about 600 calories per serving. One serving is often more than enough to put you over the top. A great thing about that energy is that very little of it is derived from sugar. You won’t get that ‘buzz and crash’ thing going on.
Each serving also contains 60 grams of protein. That’s a serious amount for a supplement, and so it’s a great choice when combined with a planned exercise regimen or routine. It’s got a bit of fibre and some added vitamins as well. The carbohydrates include medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are great because they’re passively digested (so your body doesn’t waste energy in the digestion process).
What I like most about this product is the fact that it tastes pretty good in a shake, and it doesn’t sit like a rock in your stomach. It’s very drinkable and easily digested, which is huge for me. It’s one of the best mass gainer supplements around, at least in my list.
BSN True Mass Gainer Formula Supplement
BSN is a big name in this business. They’ve got a bewildering number of supplements, powders, boosters and meal enhancers on sale, in a wide range of flavours too.
This is a wonderful food supplement mass gainer that is a super convenient and pretty tasty way to add a huge amount of extra calories to your daily routine.
I find the main selling feature of this one is the price tag (it’s quite affordable compared with other mass supplements out there), and the easily digestible formula that won’t leave you feeling bloated or overwhelmed.
Let’s talk about the specifics: this one has approximately 610 calories per serving scoop. These scoops are quite big, but they absorb pretty readily into water so they’re not too much to handle. Each scoop contains roughly 46 grams of protein, which is derived from 7 sources (whey, egg, milk, among others). I’m glad they didn’t just choose one source, it seems to make it easier to digest.
It also includes the same MCTs that the Optimum Nutrition mix above has. That means the carbohydrates are easily accessible by your body, and those 610 calories will go a lot farther.
I do recommend blending this one, and be sure to mix thoroughly. Clumping is its major downside, but it WILL mix well if you are thorough or if you blend it. I like most of the flavours, and the low price gets me every time: for 18 servings it’s hard to go wrong!
Definitely a mass gainer supplement powder to check out!
My Own Personal Blend: A Homemade Mass Gainer Supplement
If you’re not so into the powders, you might be interested in a mass gainer shake made from real ingredients! I do recommend powders and supplements from a convenience perspective, but if you’ve got the time to do it, give this one a whirl:
TripleFitness’s Mega Mass Shake:
- 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
- 2 cups of whole milks
- 1 large banana
- 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
So this shake avoids the protein powder. It works out to just under 700 calories, and around 26 grams of protein. You can add stuff like cottage cheese or whey protein powder if you need more protein in there. It will taste like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup if you’ve mixed it out right!
Feel free to use the recipe however you like and adjust it to taste. It’s a mass gainer recipe that I really enjoy, and I hope you do too!
There are a few things that can derail an attempt to gain weight quickly using a supplement. Here are a few pieces of advice to keep you on track.
First, be very rigid with your plan. Create a structured game plan and stick with it. Make sure to use your supplement every single day, don’t make up excuses to not do it. Treat it like flossing: it’s a pain, but you know it’s worthwhile in the long run!
Secondly, try to plan ahead! Know you have an early start in the morning? Make a protein mass gainer shake the night before and have it ready to go in the fridge, so you can grab it and go.
Lastly, remember this. What’s the best mass gainer supplement on the market? It’s whatever you’re able to incorporate into your routine easily and stick with. The ones I’ve listed here are just suggestions.
Do you have any favourites? What’s worked for you? Do you have any ‘powder free’ recipes you’d like to suggest? I’d love to hear your input on this one, feel free to comment below.
TripleFitness is a hobby writer who loves everything related to sports and recreation. Check out some of his other articles here.