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  • Dymatize super mass gainer Vs. Optimum Nutrition serious mass

    Is there anything more frustrating for the hard gainers than spending a full day training and eating just to fall short of your required caloric intake to start seeing size gains? Being naturally skinny can feel like a curse at times. When you need to eat upwards of 3,000 or 4,000 calories daily, your fitness goals can feel like a chore. That's where mass-gaining supplements can help. Mass gainers provide huge caloric boosts to help you achieve that daily calorie intake. Let's look at two of the best in the industry to see which one is worth buying to help you achieve your goals. 

    Before we kick off the side-by-side comparison of both products, let's address two commonly asked questions about mass gainer supplements:

    Does a mass gainer help you gain weight?

    There's a little bit to unpack with this question. Firstly, let's preface this with facts. If your goal is to gain muscle tissue, you must increase your daily caloric intake above your maintenance. Your body requires adequate protein, carbohydrates and fat to build muscle tissue. As a general rule of thumb, 150-300 calories above maintenance calories is ideal for muscle gain whilst minimising fat gain. With that said, mass gainers can offer a cost-effective and convenient method of adding calories, primarily from protein & carbohydrates. Therefore, mass gainers can be an extremely effective supplement to help bridge the gap between your maintenance calories and the caloric surplus you need to gain muscle.

    How long does it take to see results from mass gainers?

    Suppose you're that you're taking enough calories daily, along with regular resistance training. In that case, you can expect meaningful increases on the scale in approximately 2-4 weeks.


    Let's go into the product comparison with that out of the way!

    Dymatize Super Mass Gainer

    Where can I buy it?

    • Click here to buy Dymatize Super Mass Gainer.


    Pros of Dymatize Super Mass Gainer

    Looking at the calorie count for Dymatize Super Mass Gainer, you can tell this supplement isn't messing around. Each serving contains 1,280 calories! That is the equivalent of eating three meals in terms of caloric content. If you are eating 2,000 calories from a healthy and well-balanced diet, you'll easily reach your target with Dymatize Super Mass Gainer.


    You must pair this supplement with a well-structured resistance program to maximise your results. Each serving provides you with 52 grams of protein from an advanced protein blend, including Whey ProteinWhey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Hydrolysate, and Micellar CaseinGlutamine Peptides

  • Choline (As Choline Bitartrate)
  • Inositol
  • PABA (Para-Aminobenzoic Acid)


Creatine and Glutamineamino acid supplementation does not enhance athletic performance but affects muscle recovery and the immune system. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2008 Sep;48(3):347-51.

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  • Should I consume a protein shake in the morning before my workout? Why not after my workout instead?

    Having woken up and not eaten for well over 8 hours, the amino acid pool in your body (the available constituents of proteins) will be greatly diminished. There are two primary ways to replenish your amino acid pool:

    1. Break down muscle tissue (as muscle has an abundance of proteins that can be utilised by the body)
    2. Consume protein in your diet

    Because you ideally wish to avoid breaking down muscle tissue (this will affect your tone, your ability to breakdown fat tissue, strength, fitness etc.), the optimal approach is to consume some fast absorbing protein as soon as you awake in order to replenish this amino acid pool.

    When you exercise, you are breaking down plenty of calories and putting a lot of physical stress on your body. Consequently, your body has a heightened requirement for amino acids (derived from proteins) in order to repair itself from this stress. If you were not to consume a protein shake prior to your workout, this would mean that a significantly greater degree of muscle tissue would be broken down.

    Now in regards to the consumption of a protein shake prior to your workout versus after your workout, it takes approximately 60-90 minutes for the proteins to be consumed, broken down into amino acids and absorbed into the blood stream. By consuming a protein shake prior to your workout, by the time your workout has completed, the amino acids will be there and ready to repair muscle tissue. If you were to consume it after your workout, not only would you have broken down a more significant degree of muscle before and during your workout, but you would then have to wait an additional 60-90 minutes for muscle repair to occur effectively. Considering that most of the amino acid uptake for recovery occurs within 2 hours of your workout completion, you would not be taking full advantage of your nutrition.

  • How much Dymatize ISO-100 should I consume after a workout for muscle gain? I am also consuming <a href= alt=dextrose title=dextrose>dextrose</a>, creatine and glutamine.

    I love your supplement repertoire - simple, basic and highly effective.  Plus, you will be saving a considerable amount of money by purchasing each of these supplements individually, rather than buying a product that contains a mixture of these ingredients.

    With the Dymatize ISO-100, I would suggest consuming 1/2 - 1 scoop 10 minutes prior to your workout and 1/2-1 scoop immediately following your workout.  Your serving sizes will vary depending upon your body mass.  You also don't need multiple scoops per meal as you can only digest a certain amount of protein at any one time due to the availability of enzymes within your gut.

    Assuming that the intensity of each workout is high, ensure that you are ingesting adequate dextrose

  • I am thinking of buying GABA Powder (Gamma Aminobutyric Acid). I am wondering what ingredients are contained within the product?

    GABA powder is exactly that - pure GABA powder.  You will be happy to know that there are no additives at all.

    Please follow this link for some more information on GABA Powder.

  • Whats in a good protein powder?

    When looking for a a good protein powder, you need to know exactly what you want that protein powder to do for you.  There is no such thing as the "best" protein powder available, because protein powders will vary in their effectiveness depending upon what you are using it for.

    As a general rule of thumb (and I'm going to speak broadly here), it is best to go with a whey based protein powder for consumption prior to and immediately following a workout.  A whey based protein powder high has the highest biological value (or BV), which effectively means that it is utilised by the body to a higher degree than any other protein available.

    With whey protein powders, there are two main types.  There is whey protein concentrate and whey protein isolate.  Isolates are processed to a greater degree and consequently are absorbed into the body quicker than concentrates.  Due to the additional processing, whey protein isolate (or WPI) is generally more expensive than whey protein concentrate (or WPC).

    We have a few protein powdersother proteins available on the market.  Here's a couple of examples.  Casein protein is absorbed over a seven hour period and thus could be useful for ingestion prior to sleeping.  Soy based proteins, whilst posessing a low biological value, are ideal for many vegetarians.

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