Weight gainer protein powders are perfect for hardgainers. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that you’re wasting your time by drinking any type of protein shake other than a weight gainer. You already know you have a difficult time gaining weight, so why not make it easier on yourself?

Weight gainers have come a long whey (get it?) in recent years. They used to be chocked full of sugars and were basically empty calories. Not anymore. Here are some of the benefits of the top 5 best weight gainers listed below.

Benefits of weight gainers

  • Packed with healthy calories
  • Packed with high-quality whey protein
  • Complex carbohydrates to replenish glycogen and fuel your workouts
  • Contain vitamins and essential minerals
  • Contain L-Glutamine to help rebuild muscle
  • Contain BCAAs (Brainch Chain Amino Acids)
  • Low in sugar
  • Low in fat

pro complex gainer1. Pro Complex Gainer

Pro Complex Gainer by Optimum is the best weight gainer on the market right now. It is the best formulated gainer for building lean mass, which is something mass gainers have been unable to do until recently. Not only does it contain fast-digesting whey proteins, but it also contains the “timed-release” proteins like casein and egg. It has a high protein to carb ratio, mixes easily in a shaker cup and tastes good. There are 28 servings in a 10.16lb bag. Here is what’s contained in one serving (1 heaping scoop, 165g):

  • 650 calories
  • 6g sugar
  • 60g protein
  • 8g total fat
  • 7 proteins including whey, casein, and egg
  • 26 vitamins and essential minerals

2. Serious MassSerious Mass

Serious Mass is my weight gainer of choice. It’s inexpensive, efficient, tastes good, and in my most recent transformation, it has helped me pack on nine pounds in two months. Read my full review of Serious Mass here. There are 16 servings in a 12lb bag. Here is what’s contained in one serving (2 heaping scoops, 334g):

  • 1250 calories
  • 50g protein
  • 20g sugar
  • 4g total fat
  • Whey, egg and casein protein for fast and timed-release digestion
  • 25 vitamins & minerals with added glutamine and creatine

3. Monster MassCytoSport Monster Mass

As of this writing, Monster Mass has a 9.3 rating out of 10 in 77 reviews at Bodybuilding.com. It is lauded as the best-tasting weight gainer. In 6lb tub, you’ll get fast and slow release proteins, keeping your body anabolic for hours. Monster Mass uses Aminogen (Patented Bio-Active Polypeptide Enzyme System), bromelain, papain, and lactase to encourage easy digestion, which is essential in the 30 to 45 minute time frame after your workout where your muscles are like sponges—soaking up protein to rebuild and repair. There are 18 servings in a 6lb tub. Here is what’s contained in one serving (4 scoops, 150g):

  • 630 calories
  • 18g total fat
  • 50g protein
  • 7g sugar
  • Waxy maize starch and maltodextrin to fuel muscle growth and recovery

4. Cyto GainerCytoSport Cyto Gainer

Cyto Gainer by CytoSport only comes in 3.25lb and 6lb tubs, but it has the distinction of being a great tasting weight gainer, second to only Monster Mass. Cyto Gainer has high quality whey and whey peptides and is 98% lactose free. Each serving also contains whey fractions shown to help increase IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor). Along with the BCAAs found in Cyto Gainer, these two are responsible for explosive muscle growth. Cyto Gainer also has no simple sugars, no fructose and no sucrose. There are 18 servings in a 6lb tub. Here is what’s contained in one serving (4 scoops, 150g):

  • 580 calories
  • 54g protein
  • 5g total fat
  • 7g sugar
  • 3 grams of creatine monodydrate
  • 2 grams of L-Glutamine

5. True-Mass BSN True-Mass

True-Mass holds the title of the Bodybuilding weight gainer of the year from 2008-2010. It’s not surprising to see that when you take into consideration all the muslce-building and energy-driving nutrition packed into one serving. True-Mass contains 7 fast-acting and timed-release proteins, from hydrolyzed whey protein (1/2 – 1 hour digestion rate) all the way to micellar alpha and beta-caseins and caseinates (6-8 hour digestion rate). There are 18 servings in a 5.75lb tub. Here is what’s contained in one serving (3 scoops, 145g):

  • 630 calories
  • 17g total fat
  • 50g protein
  • 14g sugar
  • 6 Different Ultra-Premium Proteins
  • BCAAs and Essential and Non-Essential Amino Acids
  • Glutamine Peptides and Glutamine AKG

Note: All nutrition information is taken from the Vanilla flavors.

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  • […] Price: “Why?” was the question I asked myself after I handed over my credit card. $4.58 for 16.9 oz. of this garbage. I should have gone to Walmart and bought a 2 lb. tub of Body Fortress protein for $16 to tide me over until my Optimum Pro Complex Gainer arrives. […]

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