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Take a look at some of the qualities that a weight gainer should have and some of the popular types of gainers so you can make an informed decision before you spend your money. Back in the day, weight gainers used to be fairly cheap protein powders loaded with sugar and fat to up the calorie content. The serving size would be something like 128 oz. and the serving would contain 3000 calories. Not exactly a practical serving size, and all that sugar kind of went against the idea of eating clean. Plus, the quality of the protein in the gainer was usually poor. Although many gainers like this still remain on the market, fortunately, the supplement industry has come a long way. The quality of a protein is determined by how well your body can use it, a factor termed "biological value", or BV for short. Basically, it refers to how well and how fast your body actually gets and uses the protein. So a whey protein like whey isolate (BV 159) is the most readily absorbed, while a milk protein like casein (BV 77) is absorbed less readily and is said to be of less quality. Now, sometimes it's good to eat lower BV rated proteins because you want to absorb it slowly, like before you go to bed. But generally, you want protein with a higher BV rating. Another thing to consider is how much sugar is contained in the gainer. Excess amounts of sugar have been shown to give an insulin spike, as well as increase levels of seratonin. This has been shown to give most people a feeling of drowsiness, irritability, and headaches. This doesn't affect everyone, but some people are more sensitive than others. Plus, the insulin spike sets your body to storing fat. Look at the nutrition label on the gainer, and see how much sugar it contains, listed under the carbohydrates. Somewhere in the 30-60 gram range is pretty good. This brings up the question of what you want in the carb/protein/fat ratio. You need carbs to help protein absorption, and you know you need the protein. Fats are definitely your friends in a gainer (though not saturated fat), as they seriously up the calorie content. A general rule of thumb is twice as much protein as fat, and twice as many carbs as protein.

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Genesis Nutrition Super Weight Gain
Genesis Nutrition Super Weight Gain 3 Lbs 2 oz
Our Price: $21.00

Genesis Super Weight Gain is a potent blend of pure carbohydrates, emulsified fatty acids and pharmaceutical grade amino acids designed for those who have a difficult time gaining weight and lean muscle mass.

American Bodybuilding Extreme XXL 6LB
American Bodybuilding Extreme XXL 6LB
Our Price: $29.99

A High Protein Mass Gainer With Creatine, Glutamine And More!
Champion Nutrition Heavyweight Gainer 900
Champion Nutrition Heavyweight Gainer 900
Our Price: $29.99

Helps you gain weight fast with over 900 calories in a single glass! Its legendary flavor has made it one of the most popular gainers in history! Easy to digest, high in protein, with special ingredients for people who have trouble gaining weight.

CytoSport Cyto Gainer
CytoSport Cyto Gainer
Our Price: $31.50

Combined with a serious strength training regimen and a sensible, healthy diet, you will notice immediate gains in muscle mass and bodyweight when supplementing with Cyto Gainer.

ISS Research Complete Gainer Power
ISS Research Complete Gainer Power 2.5 Lbs
Our Price: $31.65

Complete Gainer Power is the perfect nutritional supplement specifically formulated for those of you having trouble maintaining or gaining lean hard size.

ISS ResearchGainer Matrix
ISS ResearchGainer Matrix
Our Price: $32.25

To experience quality mass gains, you need a gainer that sets itself apart from the rest of the competition. You need a gainer that is high in protein and carbohydrates, but low in sugar. You need - Gainer Matrix by ISS Research.
Nature's Best Perfect 1100
Nature's Best Perfect 1100 5.36 Lbs
Our Price: $32.50

A high powered weight gain formula with the nutritional aids needed to help you gain quality weight. Each serving contains 1100 calories (in milk), 36 grams of protein and is low in fat. There are over 30 vitamins, minerals, amino acids, electrolytes, glucose polymers, lipotropics and anti-catabolics including creatine.
Dymatize Mega Gainer
Dymatize Mega Gainer 3.3 Lbs
Our Price: $34.99

Dymatize's exclusive formula provides the perfect ratio of Essential and Non-Essential Amino Acids with Complex and Simple Carbohydrates. Dymatize Mega Gainer will help provide Maximum Nitrogen Retention, Cell Repair and Protein Synthesis.

Ergopharm Mass Meal
Ergopharm Mass Meal
Our Price: $41.95

Mass Meal is a weight gainer formulated to maximize lean tissue growth and minimize fat gain. Unlike other gainer powders, Mass Meal contains only the highest quality ingredients available.

EAS Mass Factor
EAS Mass Factor
Our Price: $47.95

Mass Factor has been designed to inject a burst of growth-stimulating protein and carbs into your muscles after consumption to feed the growth frenzy of the first stage. Then, the next wave of slower-absorbing protein gets pumped into your muscles to support the second-stage growth spurt.
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