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Weight Gainer Serious Mass Review

Serious Mass by Optimum Nutrition

Serious Mass is a high calorie, large serving, and very high carbohydrate content weight gainer made by Optimum Nutrition. Optimum is well known for its quality products and supplements, and I've always liked using their supplements such as 100 whey; however, I have to say that I'm not too impressed with their weight gainer Serious Mass. I'll explain why in a bit. But first, let's see just how "serious" this weight gainer is. One serving, a really MASSIVE serving, will provide you with 1250 calories, and if you take that with low fat milk, you're looking at about 1,700 calories, which is almost the entire calorie intake of an average person! That's pretty massive.

The high amount of calories contained sounds impressive, but if you really look at the serving size, you're consuming about 334 grams of powder, which is 0.74 lbs (pounds!) of powder in one serving. I don't know about you, but I get noxious just thinking about taking all that powder in just one serving, which is why I suggest taking just 1/2 servings.

When it comes to mass gainers, their purpose is to provide a large number of extra calories to the user to create a calorie surplus environment leading to weight gain. Pretty simple and straight forward - if you consume more calories than you burn you will gain weight, and vice versa. But the thing is, what kind of weight do you want to gain? Now, that's something to think about, and I'd say that the kind of gains you want are "lean" gains. With ON Serious Mass, while you may be getting a whole lot of extra calories, most of the calories are coming from carbohydrates instead of proteins.

Optimum Serious Mass Nutrition Facts & Side Effects   

Serious Mass by Optimum Nutrition is extremely high in carb count and almost miniscule on protein count. You may not agree with that but let's take a look at its nutrition facts:

Serving size 334g
Calories 1250
Carbohydrates 252g
Proteins 50
Creatine 1g
Glutamine & Glutamine peptides (0.5g + 0.5g)
Also includes a host of vitamins and minerals.

From above, you'll see that in one massive 334 gram serving, 252g of it are carbs, or over 75%! The protein content counts for only barely 15%! Putting this in calories we have carbs giving 1,008 calories, and only 200 calories comes from proteins. We have a carbohydrate to protein ratio of (252 / 50) 5 to 1! Typically, I elect to go with mass gainers that have this ratio in the 1.5 range, and no higher than 2. In essence, what you're really paying for here is just cheap, low-cost carbohydrates.

Optimum Serious Mass also boasts that it's enhanced with creatine and glutamine. However, these also come in minor amounts - 1g creatine and 1g glutamine and glutamine peptides per serving. These amounts by themselves doesn't sound too out of place, but let's put things in perspective and consider it in the context of a 334g serving size. Out of this 334g serving, you get a paltry 1g of creatine and 1g of glutamine (1/334). And I don't think many people will be taking the full serving anyhow, and will likely take 1/2 or 1/4 serving sizes, so the amounts of creatine and glutamine are very minor.

Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass comes in 3lb, 6lb, and 12 lb containers. The 12lb size can be purchased for under $50, which at first glance, seems like a real bargain. A 12 lb tub contains roughly 16 full servings, so you're looking at about $3.13 per serving, and if you think about it for a second, 75% of that money goes to buying low cost carbohydrates. In essence, you're paying about $2.34 for 252g of carbs, or $4.22 for one pound. You can buy dextrose for about $2 per pound. So why pay double with Serious Mass? Throw in your own favorite protein powder, add small amounts of creatine and glutamine, and you have your own homemade version.

As far as I know, there are no serious mass side effects. It is just a weight gainer consisting mostly of carbohydrates, with some protein, creatine, and glutamine. This weight gainer comes in 4 different flavors including banana, chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

Personally, I think there are better choices for weight gainers on the market, such as Monster Mass and Pro Complex gainer, but we have also received many user reviews of Serious Mass, and most speak very highly of this weight gainer.

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