Weight Gainers – Are They Good Or Are They Bad?
Just like the market is rife with a number of companies offering diet pills for those who want to lose weight, you will also find in the same market weight gain supplements for those who want to add kilos to their body. While we don't condone the use of diet pills, let us have a look at what weight gainers are all about!
Weight gainers are generally sought out by people looking to increase their weight, in particular their body mass and muscle. You will find a lot of body builders and athletes consuming weight gainers such as protein powders, etc to help them gain muscles fast. Also, a lot of underweight individuals, who have tried their might to put on weight and failed, turn to weight gainers to help them out.
The thing with weight gaining supplements such as powders is that they do get you results, but not necessarily the one you desire. If you replace a proper meal with these weight gaining supplements and don't even exercise, you will notice that you are gaining weight, but not in the form of muscle, instead in the form of bulky fat. Men will tend to gain a lot of weight on their belly area while women will put on around their arms, hips and thighs.
The only way to properly make the most of weight gainers is to limit their use to an addition to your daily diet, and not as a replacement of food. Also, this consumption needs to be coupled with regular and diligent weight training exercises and cardio if you want to get the sculpted look and not the fat overfed look.
Having said that, rest assured these weight gaining supplements just like diet pills do come with their share of side effects. Here are some:
It is not very common, but it does happen; some ingredients in the supplements could cause allergies in individuals who are intolerant to them.
Fat Build Up
Like I mentioned earlier, a slip in your workout routine could lead to you putting on weight in the form of fats around your body.
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You could get eruptions on your skin, especially the face, if your body does not accept the intake of certain components of the weight gainers.
Again, this depends from person to person, but if your body does not accept the supplements then this could lead to you severely affecting your stomach and digestion system.
Damage To Kidneys
If your weight gainer contains the component of creatine then be warned that high doses of creatine can put undue pressure on your kidneys causing them serious damage, more so, if you mix potential kidney-harming medications such as ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.
My advice to you before you go down the path of weight gainers is to clearly assess whether you really do need them. If you can get your necessary energy and protein supplements from natural organic food, then why turn to artificially created supplements?
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