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Can You Take Mass Gainer If You Don’t Do Workouts?

Madhura Mohan

Posted on February 14 2022

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 ime and again, the question; ‘whether one can consume mass gainer without hitting the gym’ arises in the fitness world. I am sure you also have this doubt, and that’s why you have landed on our webpage.

Just like how the weight loss solutions are looked upon by one set of population, there is another set of the population that turns to weight gain solutions.

If you are on a mission to gain weight and want to up your calories with the help of a mass gainer, but not very sure about its usage, this blog will have you covered with all your doubts about mass gainer.

We’ll answer the top 5 queries on mass gainers before we finally head to today’s topic of discussion – whether consuming mass gainer without doing workouts is okay…

 

WHAT IS A MASS GAINER?

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A mass gainer is a formula specifically tailored to help you meet the high-calorie requirement for gaining mass. The mass gainers generally include a 3:1 or 5:1 ratio of carb to protein, together with micronutrients like vitamins, minerals, and come blended with enzymes. Mass gainer supplements offer a viable solution for individuals with a high metabolism that struggle to add muscle mass and to gain weight. Those with poor appetite, those who run short of time to prepare large meals, or those whose calorie intake is low and those who find it hard to add more plates to their diet will find the mass gainer supplement very convenient. The high ratio of carbs in mass gainer supplements will help to keep the body in positive energy balance, while the protein helps in putting on muscle mass. Mass gainer shakes are easy to prepare and supplement your diet with additional measured macros in a reliable, easy, and effective way.

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MASS GAINER AND WHEY PROTEIN?

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A mass gainer supplement differs from a standard protein supplement in terms of formulation and function. Just like how Whey Protein supplements help to bridge the protein gaps of a varied diet by readily offering high-quality protein in an easy way, mass gainer supplements bridge the high-calorie gaps of regular diet by conveniently offering high amounts of calories in a way that’s easier to consume than eating large quantities of whole foods. While mass gainer comprises a high range of carbs, Whey Protein predominantly includes protein and has very minimal carbs. Whey Protein is a protein supplement that can be employed for building lean muscles and burning fat, whereas a mass gainer will help you gain weight and add bulk. Whey Protein assists in fast protein synthesis and improves muscle recovery, mass gainer helps meet the high calorie goals and helps gain weight.

 

IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MASS GAINER & MEAL REPLACEMENT? CAN MASS GAINER BE USED AS A MEAL REPLACEMENT?

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A mass gainer and meal replacement are not the same.

A mass gainer is designed for easy management of bulking phase, it helps you meet the high-calorie intake for weight gain. Mass gainers help you put on muscle mass and bulk effectively.

Meal replacements are designed to meet the nutritional requirements of a balanced meal in calorie-controlled portions.

Mass gainer supplements are designed to supplement not replace your regular diet. Mass gainers don’t intend to meet the nutritional requirements of a balanced meal.

For gaining weight, you should be in a caloric surplus, which means you should be consuming more calories than you are burning on a daily basis.  

Mass gainers increase body weight and muscle size by supplementing your daily caloric intake. For example, if you are aiming for 3000 calories a day, you’ll find it tough to eat 5 big meals a day, in that case, you can eat 3 big meals and have a mass gainer shake. That way, you can achieve your high- calorie intake without spending hours in the kitchen or having to eat more meals.

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IS IT REQUIRED TO COMBINE MASS GAINER WITH WHEY PROTEIN?

This wouldn’t be of much use because mass gainers already contain Whey Protein alongside a mixture of carbs, fat, and other nutrients.

 

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO CONSUME A MASS GAINER?

Since mass gainer offers a good range of carbs, the best time to consume it would be post-workout. At this time, mass gainer will help replenish the dwindling carb levels (expended energy), prevent muscle catabolism, improve recovery and increase muscle protein synthesis. Consuming mass gainer first thing in the morning puts your body into an anabolic phase, will give you a caloric boost, and fuel you throughout the day. Consuming mass gainer before bed is beneficial is it includes a slow-digesting protein, as it keeps the body in an anabolic state, helps repair muscle mass, and contributes to bulking.

Also read: Does Whey cause weight gain if consumed without workout?

 

ATOM MASS GAINER

ATOM Mass Gainer is an energy-dense vegetarian supplement that is designed with a 5:1 carb and protein ratio with included multivitamins, multi-minerals, herbal blend, and enzymes. Includes combination of fast digesting Whey Protein Concentrate and Whey Protein Isolate with slow-digesting Micellar Casein. While the fast and slow-digesting combo keeps the body in anabolic state, maltodextrin keeps the body in high caloric state.   The supplement is free of banned substances, cheap fillers, soy, and preservatives. One serving of the mass gainer provides you with 284Kcal, 12g protein, 60g carb, and power blend which includes BCAA, L-Glutamine, Tribulus, Ashwagandha extract. The supplement comes in an exotic double-rich chocolate flavour with an included enzyme blend to facilitate easy digestion and assimilation of the nutrients.

 

CAN MASS GAINERS BE CONSUMED ON OFF DAYS?

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Yes, if your goal is to transform your skinny physique into a bulky, muscular one, you need to be in caloric surplus every single day, which means including your rest days. Consuming mass gainer supplements every day helps you hit high-calorie goals and paves a steady path towards gaining weight.

Those who combine the mass gainer with regular training may think, consuming mass gainer on rest days may not be of help as there is no burning of calories on rest days. But, don’t forget your muscles build and repair during rest days, so consuming well-rounded meals with mass gainer on rest days will help replenish your muscle glycogen stores, preserve muscle mass, and keep your body well-supplied with calories for putting on weight.

Still have one question in mind and not got the answer yet? Here you go…

Also read: Top 6 Ways To Effectively Train On Low-carb Diet

 

IS IT OKAY TO TAKE MASS GAINER WHILE NOT DOING ANY WORKOUTS?

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The primary reason for supplementing with mass gainer is to conveniently meet the high-calorie needs for bulking. Taking mass gainer without doing any exercise will no doubt make you gain weight, but it’s very important to understand what weight you are gaining. One must aim to gain muscle mass and not fat mass.

If you’re too skinny, you can consider taking mass gainer without doing workouts. This won’t make a burn more calories, as a result of which the skinny people can put on the initial pounds quickly.

You are unlikely to gain weight through muscle mass if you consume mass gainer without working out. Your muscles growth happens when you continuously challenge your muscles to deal with higher levels of resistance. Muscle hypertrophy occurs when you train your muscles to the point of fatigue, and then fuel your muscles to recover and increase muscle mass.

Using a mass gainer without regular strength training will not help you build muscle mass but instead will help pack on pounds in the form of excess fat.

Also read: Creatine - Should You or Should You Not Take On Rest Days

 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO FIND RESULTS FROM A MASS GAINER?

Don’t think consuming mass gainer will make you add mass overnight like how Popeye, the cartoon sailor used to ingest a handy can of spinach and gain superhuman strength. The results of supplementation with mass gainer will not solely rely on mass gainer itself but depends on several other factors like your genetics, lifestyle, diet pattern, your dedication to regular workouts. You must combine mass gainer supplementation with regular nutritious, high-calorie diet intake and resistance training to find visible results of weight gain.

 

Now, tell me you want to gain kilos in the form of muscles or fat?

 

If you want to gain a healthy weight, you’ll need two punches of calories and one punch of resistance training…signing off for now and will be back again soon with yet another blog…

 

Also read: Can Amino Supplements Replace Protein Powders?

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