Here's some simple math: in order to gain more muscle, you've got to consume more calories than you burn. Its important that those calories are quality nutrients though and not just empty junk food. Also for some a high metabolism can often hinder your ability to grow bigger, so what you need to bridge the gap is a good mass gainer.
MusclePharm's Combat XL Mass Gainer is a popular choice amongst fitness junkies looking to put on mass, so we've put it under the microscope to see whether it's worth your buck.
WHAT’S IN IT
The key ingredients in Combat XL Mass Gainer are maltodextrin, a specialised protein blend formulated by MusclePharm, a specialised carb and fat blend, as well as a mixture of superfoods. You also get enzymes to aid digestion, namely protease, amylase and lactase.
Maltodextrin is a common ingredient in mass gainers. It is a complex carbohydrate with a high glycemic index, formulated from starch. It’s a relatively tasteless and odourless substance that is present simply because of its high carb density, perfect for anyone who’s looking to up their carbohydrate intake.
MusclePharm has blended whey, milk protein concentrates, micellar casein and hydrolysed whey isolate in their specialised protein blend. You’re getting an extremely balanced mix that will cover both your short and long-term protein needs. Casein typically lasts up to 6 hours, slowly delivering proteins to your muscles to keep them satiated for longer. Whey protein isolate and concentrate has the dual effect of keeping you full for longer, as well as imparting all the usual benefits they have, like increasing protein synthesis so you’re not just gaining weight, but lean muscle mass, as well as boosting post-workout recovery.
The specialised carb blend is composed of sweet potato powder, inulin and brown rice flour. Sweet potato powder and brown rice flour are your basic complex carbohydrate inclusions that do not cause rapid insulin spikes when ingested. Inulin is a naturally occurring component in plants that is high-fibre and low-calorie. Though a surplus of calories is what you’re looking for in a mass gainer, it is imperative for a source of fibre to be in the mix just to maintain digestive health, hence the inclusion of inulin.
Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) and flax seed oil powder are the ingredients in the fat blend. MCTs are a fatty acid that help to promote fat oxidation, preventing excess fat gain when taking the mass gainer. Flax seed oil powder is also a rich source of fatty acids, mainly healthy omega-3s that will aid recovery for your muscles.
The superfood mix includes alfalfa sprout powder, chia seed powder, quinoa powder, caraway seed powder and ginger root powder. Alfalfa sprout, chia and quinoa are rich sources of whole, all-natural proteins, vitamins and minerals, while caraway seed powder and ginger root powder are mineral-dense sources of nutrients. All these superfoods come together to form a balanced nutritional profile in Combat XL Mass Gainer.
FLAVOURS AND TASTE
MusclePharm consistently gets high ratings for taste and Combat XL Mass Gainer is no exception. There are options available, chocolate and vanilla, which are not too sweet with a very natural flavour. There's great mixability and a very fluid consistency.
HOW YOU SHOULD TAKE IT
Combat XL Mass Gainer contains 1270 calories per serving, which is a hefty dose. You get 50g of protein, 252g of carbohydrates, and it is gluten-free. You're also getting a comparatively low-fat option, with just 7g of fat. Mass gainers can be taken any time of the day, but for optimal results should be taken first thing in the morning and post-workout. You'll be reaping both the benefits of the protein and the fast-acting carbohydrates, without having a high fat count to hinder the nutritional intake. All you need to do is mix one serving with either water or milk, shake, and you're good to go.
At $85, Combat XL Mass Gainer sounds like it may be on the pricier end of the spectrum, but you're getting 16 servings which makes it more similar in price per serving to most of the other products in the market. More importantly you're getting quality ingredients, as well as a whopping dose of calories that'll aid your ultimate gainer goals.
WHO SHOULD TAKE IT
Anyone looking to gain mass fast and build muscle should definitely try this mass gainer. Purchase MusclePharm Combat XL Mass Gainer here.
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