'Weight gainer'

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    Oct 29, 2008 9:02 PM GMT
    Thanks for reading in advance boys!


    So i been trying to gain weight for a while now, and this is the first time i'm trying these weight gainers/protein shakes (i don't know what to call it really). The instructions tell me to pour in 500ml of milk into the blender ... then throw in 3 spoons of the powder like substance. But this is alot to throw back, it's not even funny!

    And it says i have to drink this 1 hour before i work out and one hour after, like really? And when am i supposed to eat, 'cus if i'm filled up with 500ml of chocolate milkshake there won't be room for solid food.

    Summary;
    -Can i reduce it to only drinking it after the workout ( or before for that matter)
    -If yes is the answer to the above question, do i just cut the proportions in half or something?



    Thank you!
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    Oct 30, 2008 7:27 PM GMT
    (yes, i'm still waiting)
  • JohnDallas

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    Oct 30, 2008 7:55 PM GMT
    I'll try and help you out.

    You need to track your calories to begin with. That is the only way you are going to gain weight and ensure you don't gain it as fat. For the normal person weight gainer has far to many calories. It is primarily designed for advanced body builders that require a lot of calories in a day. Without knowing your BMR I can't give you an exact number of calories you should eat in a day but judging by your pic you have relatively low body fat.

    Therefore based on your weight and assuming you are hitting the gym say 4-5 times a week I recommend you eat about 3400 calories a day. Your body, once again based on the assumption you are actively training 4-5 times per week will use around 2900 calories a day. So adding 500 calories a day to that brings you to 3400 calories per day which should be sufficient for you to gain LBM (lean body mass) and hopefully not fat. If you eat over 3400 calories per day you will gain weight but it will more than likely be in the form of fat. Which you want to avoid.

    So look at the calories in your shake and make sure it fits into your diet and your calorie requirements. You may need to cut the portions in half. You should really be eating every 2-3 hours throughout the day. Probably six meals at around 550 calories each. Some of these meals can be replaced with a shake or weight gainer as long as it doesn't have massive calories that will put you over your calories for the day. Also make sure you account for the milk you put in the shake that adds additional calories to the shake.

    I hope this helps.
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    Oct 31, 2008 1:22 AM GMT
    Reduce the fluid as much as you can handle (it shouldn't be like drinking concrete LOL) then continue to use it before and after working out.

    If you REALLY wanna pack it on, include 40g-50g of protein with approx. 50g of carbs for each of a minimum of six meals a day.

    Don't panic about getting fat. Eating more often will crank your metabolic rate and you'll actually get leaner. If you're not getting leaner, either cut back on the carbs, bring up your cardio, or both.
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    Oct 31, 2008 2:04 PM GMT
    Both very informative reponses, seriously. I actually copied and pasted your reply JohnDallas into Word and saved it lol ... now that i read it takes that much to really gain weight i am going to put it off for a little while as i have more important things to focus on right now.

    And flex89, i will make sure of that rofl... if i continue to do it casually i will idd cut the fluid and defenitly eat -a lot-.


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    Oct 31, 2008 2:14 PM GMT
    Soufian said(yes, i'm still waiting)


    The shakes instructions are simply a reference on how you can take it. You could have a shake before the workout and then a small meal right after that is loaded with simple carbs to cause an insulin spike thus you would be hungry again in about an hour. Most weight gainers serve as a meal replacement so if you drink a shake don't think you have to eat a meal right after, it's not really possible to do on a regular basis.
    Also you can take these shakes with water, cold cold water as or half milk and half water as I do. I keep water in the fridge at all times just for this purpose. The colder the water the better the shake will be. You can trust me on this as I weighed 130 lbs. before I started lifting.
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    Nov 02, 2008 6:49 PM GMT
    Chizzad said
    Soufian said(yes, i'm still waiting)


    The shakes instructions are simply a reference on how you can take it. You could have a shake before the workout and then a small meal right after that is loaded with simple carbs to cause an insulin spike thus you would be hungry again in about an hour. Most weight gainers serve as a meal replacement so if you drink a shake don't think you have to eat a meal right after, it's not really possible to do on a regular basis.
    Also you can take these shakes with water, cold cold water as or half milk and half water as I do. I keep water in the fridge at all times just for this purpose. The colder the water the better the shake will be. You can trust me on this as I weighed 130 lbs. before I started lifting.



    Even after i expect no more, you turn up with tips like these. icon_biggrin.gif

    Ah alright i thought it was an addition to my meal, okay so i take the weight gainer .. throw in lots of carbs and after the workout eat again.

    Why cold water ?
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    Nov 27, 2008 11:07 PM GMT
    For me personally, cold water makes it taste less offensive... If it's warm and gooey it makes it all the more difficult to stomach.

    Plus, I use as little water as I could get away with, and I always stir it with a fork instead of using the shakers.