If you’re naturally on the thinner side and are looking to bulk up and add overall mass to your body, weight gainer shakes can be a useful tool in your arsenal.

The bottom line is that unless you are consistently eating above your calorie maintenance level (by consuming more calories than you burn), you aren’t going to gain any considerable amount of body weight.

Weight gainers can come in handy in this situation, as they provide you with a convenient, calorie-dense shake that can be easily incorporated into your diet.

But with so many different weight gainers for men lining the shelves, it can be hard to know which ones to invest in.

What are the best weight gainers for men?

Well, the key thing to keep in mind is that aimlessly trying to gain overall body weight is NOT going to be the best approach. Your goal should be to increase your lean body mass, otherwise you’ll just end up with rolls of fat around your waistline.

The problem with most of the commercial weight gainers for men is that all they really are is a simple mixture of whey (this provides the protein) and maltodextrin (this provides the carbs).

Whey is certainly a fantastic source of protein, however, maltodextrin is NOT a good source of carbohydrates.

Maltodextrin is a spray-dried powder that is typically used as a food additive. It is as rapidly digested as pure glucose and is pretty much devoid of any nutritional value.

Almost all of the top weight gainers on the market will contain upwards of 75 grams+ of maltodextrin in every shake (since it tastes sweet and lasts on the shelf), which is certainly not ideal for improving your body composition or your overall health.

Here is a far better solution if you’re searching for the best weight gainers for men…

Simply purchase a high quality whey protein powder on its own, and then blend in your own carbohydrates and healthy fats.

For whey protein: Check out my list of recommended whey protein products here. These are all high quality blends of whey isolate and whey concentrate that mix well and taste great.

For carbs: Fruit, oatmeal and yogurt all work well here. A small amount of ice cream is even fine if you want to increase the calories further.

For healthy fats: Toss in some natural nut butter (peanut, almond, walnut etc.) or a healthy oils (such as olive or flaxseed).

This type of shake will provide you with all the calories you need along with the fiber, vitamins, minerals and micronutrients you need to maximize your gains and optimize your health.

In addition, a homemade weight gainer will taste much better than the typical heavy, chalky taste you get with the commercial stuff.

There are a ton of different recipes you can try, but here’s one that I personally love…

High Quality Homemade Mass Gainer

– 8-12 ounces of skim milk
– 2 scoops of whey protein isolate (any flavor you prefer)
– 45g oats (pre-blend them on their own first, then add to shake and blend again)
– 1 large banana
– 2 tablespoons natural nut butter (peanut or almond)
– 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
– Ice

This shake takes no more than a couple minutes to prepare and delivers about 804 calories, 77 grams of high quality protein, 79 grams of nutrient-dense carbs and 20 grams of healthy fat.

If you want to gain quality mass, the best weight gainers for men are the homemade variety, and the difference in convenience is minimal.

Keep in mind that this is just one example and that there are a ton of possible combinations you can play around with to find what you like best.

– Sean

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