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What is the difference between a weight gainer and a protein drink?

Both products contribute to muscle building and muscle maintenance. In addition to the usually higher protein content per serving, weight gainers provide significantly more calories…

Both products contribute to muscle building and muscle maintenance.

In addition to the usually higher protein content per serving, weight gainers provide significantly more calories in the form of carbohydrates. In addition to carbohydrates, weight gainers usually contain more  protein  than “normal” protein drinks. In comparison, a standard protein drink provides approx. 100 calories, with a weight gainer the number of calories can quickly reach 1000

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Whether a weight gainer is more for a beginner or advanced and a hardgainer or softgainer, the ingredients decide that. The individual gainers differ considerably from each other, especially soft gainers have to be careful not to choose the wrong gainer, as they gain fat very­ quickly and unnecessarily through the wrong weight gainer.

The weight gainers differentiate between the following criteria:

Proportion of carbohydrates and protein

A weight gainer for hard gainers and normal beginners (who are not absolute soft gainers) should have a very high carbohydrate content  of approx. 70%. The rest is made up of protein, amino acids and other ingredients.

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A weight gainer for soft gainers should have a lower carbohydrate content due to the slower metabolism. For example, 50/50 mixtures are appropriate here. As already mentioned, the soft gainer does not need as many carbohydrates. The hardgainer, on the other hand, needs the carbohydrates in large quantities so that the body has the opportunity to build muscles. The hardgainer has an incredibly high need for carbohydrates or energy. A hardgainer has a very high calorie requirement. The ultimate goal must be that this calorie target is achieved, otherwise it will be almost impossible for the hardgainer to build up muscle mass.

Various sources of carbohydrates and protein.

Weight gainers for beginners often also contain dextrose (grape sugar). This is very appropriate for this target group. Other weight gainers mainly use  maltodextrin  or even oatmeal. Some manufacturers have also developed a special matrix of different carbohydrate sources. If a weight gainer is consumed in the morning and after training, the proportion of short-chain carbohydrates should be very high. In addition, there should be a high proportion of whey protein in this weight gainer.

Weight gainers who use long-chain carbohydrates such as oatmeal, on the other hand, are suitable for long-term nutritional supplements between two meals for softgainers. Hard gainers and soft gainers should not use a weight gainer as a substitute, but as a supplement.

Other ingredients

Most weight gainers also contain other ingredients. Some of these ingredients are for example enzymes or vitamins / minerals. Some manufacturers also use other performance-enhancing substances such as  creatine , free amino acids, plant extracts and other ingredients.

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