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Should I Use Weight Gainer's or Protein Shakes?

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2011/03/19 17:51:11 (permalink)

Should I Use Weight Gainer's or Protein Shakes?

I've already posted this, but just noticed I put it in the wrong section! So here it is:
 
I'm 17 and only weigh 8.5 stone which is very light given my height. I'm really skinny and want to start building muscle.
 
I've tried to gain muscle through natural eating but feel I really need some suplement! I've also tried to eat as much as possible and get protein through foods but its been to no avail I really, really cannot put on any weight.
 
But I was thinking, instead of using protein shake should I get a big tub of Weight Gainer and take that for around a month before going to protein Shakes? I want to gain muscle as fast as possible and was wondering if that would be a smart move or should I just go straight for protein shake?

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    Re:Should I Use Weight Gainer's or Protein Shakes? 2011/03/19 17:57:38 (permalink)
    Put your diet up and we'll have a look how you can maximise your gains through 'natural eating' as you put it....
     
    Supplements are exactly that, they supplement your diet. You should really try to sort that out first before looking at such products.
     
    The main difference between a protein shake and 'weight gainer' is the amount of carbs and in-turn calories. So you need to work out what you need to supplement your diet with.
     
    First port of call would be working out your BMR and calorific needs. You need to be in calorie surplus to put weight on.

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    Re:Should I Use Weight Gainer's or Protein Shakes? 2011/03/19 19:12:25 (permalink)
    I was the same as you, what i thought was eating a lot... turns out i really wasnt and i was eating the wrong stuff
     
    as above, post up your diet. some simple and tasty changes are often enough to spur on real change.
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    Re:Should I Use Weight Gainer's or Protein Shakes? 2011/03/19 19:32:47 (permalink)
    Generally the only difference between a whey protein shake and a weight gainer is the level and type of carbs - firstly work out how much you need (google 'calorie count' and find out how much you're getting per day from food), then find a product thats suitable. Low GI carbs are generally better than sugars for carbs, whey protein and casein are commonly the protein sources.
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    Re:Should I Use Weight Gainer's or Protein Shakes? 2011/03/19 20:19:10 (permalink)
    dude you need to sort the diet. when i was your age i thought i was eating lots as well, but i wasnt. i bought loads of supps like bcaa's and glutamine and still didnt really get anywhere. you need to set a good diet which you can stick with and then be CONSISTENT. its no good eating plenty of good food sometimes, or training sometimes...if you want real results you have to train hard all teh time, eat well...all the time.
     
    protein shakes will help, as might a good weight gainer - ie. a gainer with low gi carbs rather than sugars and maltodextrin - but overall diet is what counts.
     
    you also seem in a hurry to pack on lots of weight quickly. as youre still young and small you will be able to put on muscle fast under the right conditions (eating well and training hard) but there will be a natural limit as to how quickly you can grow. dont overdo it by trying to eat too much or stuffing yourself with extra calories. i assume youre naturally lean so try and maintain a decent bf% when adding mass. i bulked a bit too fast and now i have to diet to cut off the fat...wish id been patient, watched my calories and put on less fat when i was bulking up.
     
    in short: DIET. but protein powders/weight gainers may be useful...just dont put too much faith in them alone.

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    Re:Should I Use Weight Gainer's or Protein Shakes? 2011/03/20 21:03:01 (permalink)
    kaldog

    dude you need to sort the diet. when i was your age i thought i was eating lots as well, but i wasnt. i bought loads of supps like bcaa's and glutamine and still didnt really get anywhere. you need to set a good diet which you can stick with and then be CONSISTENT. its no good eating plenty of good food sometimes, or training sometimes...if you want real results you have to train hard all teh time, eat well...all the time.

    protein shakes will help, as might a good weight gainer - ie. a gainer with low gi carbs rather than sugars and maltodextrin - but overall diet is what counts.

    you also seem in a hurry to pack on lots of weight quickly. as youre still young and small you will be able to put on muscle fast under the right conditions (eating well and training hard) but there will be a natural limit as to how quickly you can grow. dont overdo it by trying to eat too much or stuffing yourself with extra calories. i assume youre naturally lean so try and maintain a decent bf% when adding mass. i bulked a bit too fast and now i have to diet to cut off the fat...wish id been patient, watched my calories and put on less fat when i was bulking up.

    in short: DIET. but protein powders/weight gainers may be useful...just dont put too much faith in them alone.


    Good Post Agree with Kaldog . Repped!
     
    As posted above you need to fix your diet, When I was younger, just the same, I thought :yeah im eating heaps (3 meals a day), and taking "instant mass 3000" + £100's worth of the next super supplement. I gained but diet is the key, dietery  supplements are just that, a addation to your diet. Bodybuilders in the 70's etc didn't have all these powders and supplements. Hard work and lots of food.
     
    Supplements are not needed to gain weight or in bodybuilding weight training, but many including myself find them very conveintiant and quick way of getting protein, carbs, increased recovery etc.
     
    I recomend you work up to 6 small meals a day, when i say a meal, I mean, for an example: a chicken breast, some rice and some salad. If your eating 3 meals at the moment (probably cornflakes and sandwhiches and a propper meal) work up over a few month's changing your diet. Monitor gains, are you gaining fat or muscle? Cut back on the carbs a little if you notice excess fat gain. Also eat clean lean foods, good advice in diet forum here! 
     
    Eatining 6 meals a day can be a chore so 2 of these can consist as shakes, i.e milk, ground oats, whey and some fruit blended.
     
    post workout whey and dextrose works well, you can add milk to up the cals'
     
    EAT clean, regualr, train hard and SQUAT SQUAT SQUAT!!!!
     
    Good luck Buddy
     
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    post edited by BUFF STUFF - 2011/03/20 21:08:40
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    Re:Should I Use Weight Gainer's or Protein Shakes? 2011/03/21 12:54:26 (permalink)
     
    Also at your age eat a varied diet and have a couple of cheats in there to help with the weight gain.
     
    Biggest thing is to enjoy it :)
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    Re:Should I Use Weight Gainer's or Protein Shakes? 2011/03/22 09:35:27 (permalink)
    Thanks for all your answers!
     
    I'm recording my diet for a week using a calorie app and at the end of it  I'll repost this question putting how much protein, carbs, fat and callories I consume in a week.
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