Re: Protein supplments - Are they safe? What to choose?
I'm a 23 year old and I'm slim. I want to gain weight fast so I decided to buy a supplment of protein to help me with my training.
I go to the gym around 4 times a week, however I haven't made up my mind about which protein supplment to buy...and im mostly concerned about two things:
1) The results (I do want to gain weight fast and want to FEEL it)
2) The side effects (I want it to be healthy, and not risky).
I've heard about the side effects of Mega Mass (hair loss, not able to have an erection..etc) .. is that true? And which level of mega mass should I start? 2000 ?
Between Mega Mass and Up Your Mass, what would you most recommend and why?
Many supplements are out there and I'm looking for those with the most promising results and the most safest with no or little side effects.
Thanks for your help guys!
First off, MegaMass is a weight gainer, there is NOTHING in there that will cause those side effects, or any side effects. Not sure where you heard that, but protein & sugar won't do that.
When I was 18-19, I weighed 135-140lbs at 5'11. Last year I was as heavy as 200, now I'm about 185 and pretty lean(lost some weight due to an injury). I'm 31 now, but hit the 180 mark probably 4-5 years ago. So I've put on a few pounds, naturally, over the years.
The biggest & fastest gains I experienced was within the first couple years of lifting weights. I literally would write down how many calories I wanted to eat a day(think it was 3000+) of LEAN healthy food. I would eat egg whites, 1lb of chicken, rice, a lot of carnation instant breakfasts(not recommended), pasta, beef, fish, ect, and a lot of water.
Couple things on protein supplements, and different kinds:
MRP's(meal replacement powders). The most expensive, but also the most "complete" supplements. Met-Rx, Myoplex, LeanBody, ect. High in protein(and use a combination of different proteins), low in sugar/carbs, and high in vitamins.
Weight Gainers: like Mega Mass, the serving sizes are huge for the nutritonal values you're looking at, so they're actually lower in protein, and high in sugar. 41g per serving = fat. Not the best supplements, but cheap calories if you have a hard time getting enough.
Whey protein: one of, if not the, fastest digesting protein. Ideal for consumption immediately after a workout, along with some simple sugars.
Ok, first off, diet is THE most important thing for gaining weight. You need to take in more calories than you burn. Protein powders don't have any magic ingredients that will make you gain weight any faster than regular food, but they're great supplements to get that extra protein you need while lifting weights. So structure a solid diet that will allow you gain weight.
Ideally, you don't want to gain TOO much weight fast. Without steroids, you're not going to be able to put on a ton of weight fast unless you're also putting on a good chunk of fat at the same time. But either way, you're going to put on some fat while gaining weight along with muscle.
So plan out a diet that's 5-6 meals a day(you can count a MRP as a meal), with each one having a combination of protein & carbs. You want at least 1 gram of protein per lb of bodyweight. So figure out roughly how many calories you're eating a day now...than tack on what you think fits...another 500, 1000, 1500, all depends on you. Then figure out if you need protein supplements for conveinence. For example, I typically have a Met-Rx shake for breakfast mixed with peanut butter and skim milk, because I don't want to take the time to cook breakfast. And I'll have a scoop of whey protein right when I get back from the gym. But I used to have 2-3 Met-Rx's every day when it was easier for me.
And obviously lift & get stronger consistently...