Weight Gainer (Cytogainer) vs Whey Protein

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    Feb 25, 2010 7:04 PM GMT
    My goal is to add more muscles to my frame,, becoming leaner with some meat. I have pics in my profile for reference.

    Which supplement would be best?

    Is a weight gainer okay to use after working out? How often do you drink protein?
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    Feb 25, 2010 9:33 PM GMT
    For my post-workout nutrition..

    Meal replacement shake mixed with 1 scoop of waxy maize powder from Optimum Nutrition. And then a regular meal 30 - 60 minutes later.

    Weight gain powders are ok, as long as you don't go overboard. I think it's fine for right after a workout. But I wouldn't recommend consuming that stuff all day. You'll gain some unwanted weight.

    Just check the ingredients. Some weight gain powders have a lot of sugar and proteins from milk and eggs. And some contain creatine. If you're already taking a creatine supplement, then taking a weight gainer with creatine will just make you bloated.
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    Feb 26, 2010 1:45 AM GMT
    Hey Rich icon_exclaim.gif

    I'm only using nitro-tech right now. Wondering if it would be in my best interest to use weight gainers to help bulk up my frame. I am at 13 percent body fat though.

    What the heck is a waxy maize powder icon_question.gificon_eek.gif
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    Feb 26, 2010 3:22 AM GMT
    It's just a carb powder. When you exercise, you burn off fat and some of the carbs (glycogen) stored in your muscle fibers. So it's usually a good idea to replenish those burned carbs, because that's what adds to your muscularity.

    So after a workout, you should consume a protein shake with a decent amount of carbs and some simple sugars. But nothing excessive, if you're trying to stay lean.

    That's why I use Glyco Maize. It lets me control the amount of carbs I consume. If I had a really hard workout, I can add two scoops instead of one. With weight gainers, it's a set amount of carbs and proteins with every scoop.

    Plus, most of the weight gainers I've tried in the past gives me gas and stomach bloating. Which is the reason why I'd rather mix an MRP shake or just plain whey protein, with the carb powder.

    Honestly, I think you should avoid weight gainers. You're pretty lean right now. And I don't think your workouts are at the intensity level where you need to consume massive calories. If you consume more calories than you burn, then you'll just end up getting pudgy.

    It's all up to you. Everyone's body/metabolism is different. So weight gainers might work for you. Or it may not. You can try it for a few months and see if you're satisfied with the results.
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    Feb 26, 2010 4:52 AM GMT
    Thanks Rich icon_exclaim.gif
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    Feb 26, 2010 5:39 AM GMT
    The best postworkout formula is Optimum Nutrition's 2:1:1. Cytogainer will provide a lot of calories if used as directed. VPX makes somthing called Stealth. Split into 3 servings, 1 scoop each over the course of the day. No need for additional protien supplementation.

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    Feb 26, 2010 5:51 AM GMT
    If you are going to use a protein powder - You want to consume the cleanest protein you can find. I personally don't take any supplements or use protein powders because they have way too many chemicals and like the xrichx said, will cause bloating and cramping.

    When I have taken any type of supplement/protein in the past it made me gain weight, but not in a good way. Plus they are made with sweeteners/milk/whey/sugars which will only bloat you further. Most of the ingredients are unnatural, which your body views as a toxin and doesn't understand how to process, especially with the weight gainers - avoid those.

    Remember that the supplement industry is not regulated so you really have no idea what you are taking. You are better off eating real food (meat/veggies/whole grains/fats) 30 minutes after your workout, and a good blend of protein/fat/carbs to replenish everything you exerted. It takes much more time to prepare and can be tough to eat that much food, but it will help you get the lean muscle you want.