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Basically, yeah! I started getting serious about carving out an hour at night to work out. At school, it’s easier because I lived right above the gym. And then, I had two servings of a mass gainer everyday in the morning and at night. There was just no way I was eating enough and I found it easier to just drink my meals.
OPTIMUM NUTRITION Serious Mass Weight Gainer Protein Powder, Chocolate, 12 Pound [link]
Buy Optimum Nutrition (ON brand) Serious Mass on amazon. Its a mass gainer specifically for hard gainers like us. 1 scoop in whole milk is just under 1000 cal. Its also fucking delicious if you get the chocolate. Hands down THE BEST protein shake I have ever had. All other brands make me gag.
Get a shaker bottle. I like to have one scoop in 16oz of whole milk for breakfast and then one after my workout and maybe one before bed. I chug it. If you can manage it, drink the whole thing in one go. Easier to trick the stomach into accepting that much food at once that way.
Get some of this. I started using it in February and started at 114 pounds. Now I'm 137. I had half a serving after a workout and half a serving before I went to sleep. Theres also a smaller container somewhere on amazon.
I was in the same boat 6 feet tall 135lbs like 6 months ago, if you do want to gain weight for your health/appearance, I started drinking this mass gainer every night and was able to start putting on 1-2 pounds a week, now I'm 160. Everybody has the ability to change their weight, obviously it's a lot of work so I can understand not wanting to but everyone should know it's possible, most skinny people do not nearly as much as they think.
There is this one called Serious Mass. Look at the calorie amount on this. 1,250 calories per serving LOL.
By the way, I am not recommending you take this. I would advise just normal food or if you ARE going to take something, use something more normal like whey which has been around way (see what I did there) longer than these new ones on the market that have all sorts of weird ingredients and amounts of ingredients in them.
Thanks, it's actually a speedo I got for a sailor stripper Halloween costume.
I have been doing these every morning after lifting:
My problem is I am a chronic undereater. Is there anything wrong with just doing a half portion of one of these after every meal to help hit my numbers?
6000 Cal / shake? Most shake powders I'm aware of are ~100-200 Cal / scoop (2 tbsp). 6000 Cal is almost a full jar of the stuff.
So, basically, this guy started his day with:
Seriously. Fats are the most calorie-dense food, and they're 3500 Cal / g. If the shake were 27 oz of coconut oil, I'd buy it. A shake? Too much water to even aspire to 6,000 Cal.
[Edit: reference to a Mass-gain shake formula, at 1,250 Cal / 334g + 24 oz water. 4.8 servings would get you 6,000 Cal. The claim is still absurd.]
I like this one from ON: [link]
No sucralose, no dextrose, sugar, etc. It's just Maltodextrin, protein blend, cocoa, and multivitamins. (lots of pottassium too which is awesome imo)
Maltodextrin is basically 2 dextrose that are linked together, so it's slower digesting as your body needs to break the link first. If you could drink it with some peanut butter in the milk or water too then the fat would help to slow digestion even further and prevent blood sugar spikes.
I use the Serious Mass brand. I prefer the Banana flavor because chocolate is usually too sweet.
[link] get the chocolate peanut butter.
My go to is: 1 scoop (600 cal), banana, whole milk, Greek yogurt in blender and chug that shit.
Edit: this isn't a meal replacement. Have her drink a glass an hour before bed.
I bought this one in chocolate. Obviously not gonna be a drink you'd drink just for taste, but not bad at all. Make sure you use a shaker bottle though, these are impossible to mix without
My only problem with this is containers. I've always thought protein powder would be genius, and additionally you could do something like a mass gainer to get some really easy calories in as well.
Would you bring a dedicated bottle to put protein in? Also even if you wash it a ton it gets kinda funky pretty quickly. And another thing I've been thinking about is powdered gatorade which may be more useful for the daily hiking needs. Just wondering how you would maintain a shred of this doesn't smell super duper funky after 3~ days.
Heyo, former competitive powerlifter chiming in. Don't worry about not seeing any progress after a month. Not much will have changed in that time, and it's also really hard to notice gradual change day to day. If visuals are an important key, take progress pictures day to day, or week to week. They will help you see how you're changing over time without relying on our notoriously unreliable brain.
With regards to the actual workouts, try and stick to a standard routine like Starting Strength or Strong Lifts. They're designed to build a foundation of strength for beginners and to drill good form into you. Outside of the workouts, things can get a bit tricky. It's a good idea to get a firm grasp on your body's base metabolic rate to properly plan caloric intake, but in general I stick to Eat Big, Get Big. Tracking calories with an app like MyFitnessPal is essential to ensure you're getting the right split between Carbs/Fats/Proteins, but a good rule of thumb is ~1 gram of protein per pound of body weight, then 40% of the rest of your calories from carbs, and the remaining from fat. Also as /u/Kanye_Yeezus_West said below, there is absolutely nothing wrong with protein shakes. If you're worried about what's in them, make sure you buy from a reputable brand/source. I normally stick to Optimum Nutrition Gold, but they also make specialized mixes for bulking, like this, which is especially helpful if you're having trouble eating enough.
Apologies if this has been a bit much, feel free to hit me with a reply or PM if you have any questions!
Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass, Chocolate, 12 Pound [link]
Make it with milk. Drink it in addition to eating more than you currently are. Snack at work, snack on the go. Dry foods are your friends, long grain rice with salmon/chicken between meals.
If you can, exercise. If not, this method will get you plenty of weight over the course of a couple months regardless, it just won't be as attractive as if you went to the gym.
The only people who "can't gain weight" are people who don't eat enough to do it. I was one of those people. Even with ibs I managed to push through that made up barrier.
2-3 mass builder protein smoothies a day and 5-6 days of gym a week should get you pretty ripped or at least toned as a skinny guy. Coming from a skinny guy, I don't think working out is too hard once you get the routine, good stuff mate.
I ate a lot of chicken and eggs. I also ate a lot of pasta, mostly chicken Alfredo and other pastas with meat. Yogurt, rice, bread, and milk were also good. I tried to stay away from foods that were high in fat but you don't have to watch what you eat as much when you are bulking. The protein that I used is called Serious Mass . I liked the chocolate peanut butter flavor and I would add two scoops to some milk, banana, ice, and a little bit of ice cream in a blender. I drank this after workouts and I would spilt it up into two servings because it is a lot to drink all at once. I pretty much just set a goal of 4000 calories and 190g protein everyday.
As far as my gym routine, I split my workouts up for each muscle group. I would do chest, back, legs, shoulders, arms, legs again, and then repeat it. Each workout, I would do about 30 min of warming up and stretching. I also took preworkout to help get that extra boost. I can go in more detail when i get home about what lifting I actually did each day if you would like to know that as well?
Eating more food can be tough. I always ate until full but never was able to add any weight, even when I was working out in the gym and trying to up my protein intake through chicken, eggs, etc.
Try this and have a scoop or two both in the morning and night, you'll gain the weight you've been seeking in no time at all: [link]
Well I want to go to the gym at least 4 times a week and I was going to start taking this weight gaining supplement I have been taking Phase8 protein but recently ran out. When it comes to excerises to do at the gym I am a bit lost, I want to learn more free weigh exercises I can do. Right now I typically do dumb bell bench press, bent over row, lat pull downs, tricep pulls, biceps curls, and there are some pec machines I use that havnt done much for me lately) I would love to have a defined workout routine that I can stick to and just add weight/reps as I go...I have yet to do that. I also need to learn what I should be feeding my body. I know I need lots of protein and water but other than that I just eat anything I can find haha. I would love some help in creating a routine to stick to
It sounds like you have slightly disordered eating, but not quite an eating disorder. You want to get bigger, but you're just not hungry enough and feel guilty eating too much when you feel no hunger. Am I correct?
Protein shakes with protein powder, yogurt, a banana, peanut butter, etc are filling, tasty, and full of calories. You could have a few of those during the day. They also make a few gainer powders. High calorie, so all you do is add milk or whatever else you want and you're good to go.
Have you look at any of the mass gainer shakes? Normal protein powder is ~150cal/scoop. These are ~1250cal/2scoops (not a typo). Example of what im talking about: [link]
Hey man I have a super tough time getting the calories I need as well and I tried doing milk but it can be really tough to get down. A friend recommended Serious Mass ([link]) to me and it honestly changed my life.
I've been gaining pretty steadily since using it and the shakes aren't hard to get down at all! Don't try and do two scoops though. The powder does not mix very well so I just do one scoop in the morning and one scoop after working out. And it's an extra 1250 calories without much pain!
Perfect, thank you! This is definitely something I'd be able to follow. Already browsing /r/gainit and picking up some tips... Invested in this shenanigans last year and saw good results, going to start with it again.
If you're honestly having trouble getting the calories, I would look into mass gainer. (example). That can add an easy 1500 Calories in liquid form.
Hey I'm very new to this all. I've recently started German Volume Training at my local gym. I plan on buying this protein powder to take after my workouts. Is the product going to give me a good bang for the buck? '
Any tips from people who have done German volume training to improve gains and see better results?
I suppose i should add I'm 6' and about 210lbs.
I haven't looked into them for my own use. Here's one that someone asked about so I have a link handy. There are plenty around and even more reviews from people with more experience than me. This and all of the 2-3 others I've looked at were reasonably well balanced and (when mixed with milk) had decent macro ratios. It's not Soylent but it's good for a meal or two.
I bought this 12 lbs of ON Gainer on Amazon
Same price for more than double the amount.
The serving size is absolutely massive so I only do one scoop, use two cups whole milk, and four tbsp of peanut butter. Puts it back up to 1200 calories.
My buddy who plays soccer at D-2 level had this problem. He started using serious mass and it went away. Its liquid calories.
Make sure you eat along with it though.
I like the garden of life protein blends. Hubz recommends muscle milk or this one to gain weight. He also recommends the whey protein brand He likes this flavor.
He likes the my fitness pal app for tracking macros if you wanna get into that. He says if you are not looking to lose weight, don’t do more than 8-12 mins of cardio for your workout. Weights will give you the mass you want.
Handful of mixed nuts can yield several hundred calories. Opt for high calorie foods, like cook with butter.
If all else fails, try a mass gainer. Yes, people will bitch that it's not as good as eating food. Which is dumb. I found it a very effective way to gain weight. This yields nearly 1300 calories per 2 scoops. https://www.amazon.com/OPTIMUM-NUTRITION-Serious-Protein-Chocolate/dp/B000GIPJ0M/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=Mass+Gainer&qid=1617740036&sr=8-5
Sorry to blow you up but this is what I do for a school day (before the world went upside down)
Wake up, alarm clock is in the bathroom so I cant snooze. Its loud.
jump in a cold shower. Has to be cold.
Eat a breakfast, at least 1 egg somewhere in that
Grab one of the shaker bottles, and put in one scoop of the good stuff
(you will be sipping this throughout the day)
Put that on my bag, then grab another shaker for water, put it on my bag.
Get a ziplock bag, and pour 1 scoop of pre-workout into the bag
(for if im tired, then the rest before workout)
Go to school
Get to class, sit in the back where I can see everyone
Pull out a nice pen and paper
Play the game
Do that until class is over, or you find the lesson interesting.
If sleepy, pour some of the pre-workout
Repeat until done with classes
Make my way to the school gym
Mix the rest of the pre-workout into the water
Workout. But not just any workout, it needs to be heavy lifting, to the limit, every time. Stamina doesn't do it. Only heavy lifting and feeling straight pain (and gain) will force me to be chair locked.
If any mass gainer is left, drink it
Have early dinner
Adderall 12.5mg or a half if its a light day
Melatonin before bed
But wait, what is this game?
It helps with anxiety and adhd. Just play along here, and maybe just maybe you'll see the silver lining in this completely crazy thing to do. Just listen and go with it.
The second you walk into that classroom, you are a scientist. You have strict orders to monitor this small group of test subjects, and record in your ledger everything that is relevant to that society. You must name all your subjects, and be able to draw their progress at the end of the experiment.
Did number 12 have a coffee this morning?
Does #4 look at #6 too often, or only because she's wearing something light colored?
You literally spy on your classmates. It keeps you entertained, it keeps you busy, its somewhat nerve racking because if anyone sees your 'notes' your fucked, you literally get to have a drama unfold in front of you, and when you get really good.... you know more about some people then they know about themselves. It's fucking crazy it really is. But try it, its amazing.
The Mass gainer I use is called Serious Mass (amazon link below). I get the chocolate flavor but I hear the other flavors are good as well.
When I started talking to a few of the local pros in my area on what they did they pointed me here.
I wanted so desperately to break through a few weight plateaus but felt it difficult as I approached the later part of the evening to get the last bit of calories down. Not anymore.
First off, Let me tell you this tastes like shit:
Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass Weight Gainer Protein Powder, Vitamin C, Zinc and Vitamin D for Immune Support, Chocolate, 12 Pound (Packaging May Vary [link]
Then I got smart and combined it with this:
Amazing Grass Green Superfood:... [link]
So much easier to tolerate and it actually tastes good. Now I’m able to smack 5200 calories on the daily and use this as an “in between” meal to give my stomach a break.
Keep in mind I only have to use 1/2 a serving because they are thick AF but the carbs (Over 100) plus a scoop of your favorite protein powder get it to over 50 grams in that meal (25 from the half serving)
Yeah, iHerb and Amazon. It does have a fair bit of maltodextrin in it, but cos you're so lean, it won't matter anyway. Recommended for hard gainers.
Everyone is circling the correct answer here but not giving you specifics.
To gain muscle, you need to aim for ~1.5g protein intake per lb of body weight. If you weigh 150lbs, you're eating ~225g of protein a day.
Eat as many eggs as you can stand. Cholesterol is THE Testosterone precursor. I'll do 40+ pullups and 100+ pushups and smash down 6 eggs. Lift later that night and then eat another 6. Then eat another 6 the next morning.
Oatmeal with fruit is a perfect breakfast. Processed as little as possible. Old-fashioned or Steel-cut oats preferably.
Take Creatine! Monohydrate is typically cheapest but pre-workouts will usually have HCL or nitrate. Dosing here is gonna vary dependent on your size and tolerance but maybe just start with one 2g pre-workout dose and one 5g dose immediately after. Maybe take another 5g dose the next morning. Water is critical here. Creatine is hella rough on your kidneys so you should probably be taking each dose with 8 oz of water and shoot for 64+ ounces of water every day.
Take a mass gainer if you're really struggling with calorie intake. This is a good one thats not too expensive. Usually on these things they recommend two heaping scoops for a single dose but i find just doing a single scoop plus milk and a couple eggs is more than sufficient.
If you're trying to go for cheaper supplements, try Grocery Outlet. I've found hella good shit there for cheap thats a couple months away from expiration. 30-serving 3g creatine pre-workouts that were 1g mono/ 1g hcl/ 1g nitrate for only $9.99. 6lb bags of mass gainer for $14.99 and stuff like that. The business model means product availability will always be changing but price-wise Gross-out beats the shit outta places like GNC.
And most of all, SLEEP! You need to get that deep R.E.M level 6+ hour sleep increment kinda sleep for your body to actually take all the work and calories and actually turn it into muscle.
Good luck homie!
An easy one that requires no cooking is a weight gain smoothie. Some bodybuilders and weightlifters take them. I'm in the military and I'll have one if we suddenly get on 12 hour shifts and I need the calories but couldn't cook.
Optimum Nutrition has one. The total calorie count is around 1000 calories so it will be a healthy filling along with containing protein, vitamins, and lots of amino acids. I recommend the chocolate flavor ��. Good luck!
Edit: Remember the key to gaining weight (or losing it just reverse this) is keeping your caloric intake higher than your metabolic rate. You must consume more calories than your body burns at rest + when active. I put your stats in a calculator (assumed you're about 24). [link]
It's showing you'd need about 2000 calories/day to gain 1 lb per week. Right now, you need to put on weight. If you do not, you'll start getting sick and you'll be overly tired still. Don't be too worried about all the stuff like it being nutritionally perfect so long as you're not just eating a ton of processed foods. Gain weight now and worry about eating particularly healthy later.
I'll send Ice what he needs:
this product has changed my life [link]
also i would recommend that he track his calories with an app like LifeSum and make sure he is getting 3500+ calories each day
It generally depends. I'm close to 145 and still trying to gain. But I've been pretty lazy as of late. I often take optimum nutrions serious shakes. They are a good rich chocolate and taste pretty smooth. But are primarily for just weight gain.
I've tried some vegan/plant based powders as well and they seem to help more for straight protein and seem to be easier on my system. But the downside is most of them taste pretty chalky and or just so-so. So sometimes I like to mix them. This one is probably my favorite of the two it's called Vega.
I would suggest maybe going with the two and mixing them together. Don't forget to grab a blender ball or some kind of mixer shake thing as it's pretty crucial.
I have no idea whether the McDonald's diet would actually be sucessful. I tried a similar fast food diet and it didn't really work for me. I found that needing to go to the restaurant to buy food was a significant enough impetus that I didn't do it often enough to gain weight. What did work for me was buying a bag of mass gainer powder, a gallon of whole milk, and a blender. The blender is key because otherwise making a shake is a lot of work trying to get the powder to dissolve, and you'll find yourself skipping it because it's too much hassle.
A gallon of whole milk is $4 and it contains about 2400 calories. A bag of mass gainer is $4 per 1600 calories. A blender is $24. If you're serious about gaining more mass, buy these things and have a few shakes per day.
By all means, though, continue to eat the fast food, too. Eddie Lacy used to tweet all the time about getting fast food. If he can play in the NFL on a fast food heavy diet, I'm sure you can achieve whatever lesser goal you probably have eating the same thing.
edit: Also, one other pro tip. Drink your entire protein shake when you make it. Don't sip it or take it with you somewhere else. If you drink it immediately, you can clean out the blender bottle really easily just by washing it with water. The longer you let it sit, the harder it gets to clean.
No they're not.
4.54kg (10lb) bag lasts me 4 weeks for £35 ($42).
What about adding a scoop of this daily then?
Just get some bulking powder [link]
I have no experience with this product, but this is an example of what I am talking about.
It's not the cheapest option, but definitely a tasty one! And you get all your daily protein intake guaranteed!
Non-mobile: this mass gainer
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I'd recommend two half serving shakes of Serious Mass daily. One full serving is 1250 cals. Time them appropriately.
As for your forearms, I'd recommend a forearm developer.
Sometimes metabolism is just too high. I was 115lbs from the time I was 16-19, and after that I gained 30lbs in the last year. He can try doing GOMAD or or changing his routine. I gained 30lbs when I started doing SL5x5.
I also ate:
2 cups yogurt with granola
1-2 breakfast sausage
1 bowl Kashi GOLEAN cereal
2 cups salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, pine nuts, vinegar and oil dressing
1 sandwich(usually chicken) with mayo and lettuce
1 dessert (would be a cookie or slice of pie)
Whatever high protein dinner was that night (2 servings)
2 cups salad with balsamic dressing
1-2 servings of a starch
1 large mcflurry
Snacks: nature valley peanut or almond bar, usually 2-3 a day.
That was when I dormed and had full meal plan. Now that I am home I have dropped a few pounds. not many though.
You're friend has to realize that he might not be able to gain it that easily. The gainer he uses might not work for him too. Different mixes of weight gain supplements work for different people. I've tried a few, and found that ON Serious Mass works for me. Maybe he should try them? They are as natural as I have found, in weight gainers. Also, if he's using gainer and supplements all the time, it could possibly hinder growth. I cut on and off of gainers and protein shakes, and found better growth than when on them full time. Hope something in this wall of text helps!
TL;DR: Try SL5x5, try new weight gainers, or take himself off and stick to real food
People who buy protein in bags (like this), how do you scoop it into a blender bottle without spilling everywhere?? I feel like I can't be the only person with this problem but everytime, without fail, I manage to get protein on the table. Does anyone have a solution, or am I just a moron who doesn't know how to properly scoop things?
Maybe you could try Serious Mass?
With 2 of these a day in addition to a normal diet:
My friends and I used to all be skinny motherfuckers because we were in cross country in high school. We’re talking 6’0-6’3, all under 150 pounds. All complaining about being too small and being unable to gain weight.
Then I discovered this shit. Drink it WITH YOUR MEALS 3x per day. Unless you’re working out like crazy, you WILL gain weight. And you will gain it quickly.
I overdid it and now I’m a fat fucker because I combined it with a desk job, but all of my friends are now in the 180-200 pound range which is good for 6’.