Progain

tickWeight gain
How does it work?
Progain is a convenient way to provide the calories your body needs to grow, without leaving you feeling bloated or sick. Experts consider it one of the most advanced weight-gainers on the market for anyone wanting to pack on muscle size and strength quickly and easily.

Two scoops (120 grams) contains:
Energy: 453 calories
Protein: 32.4 grams
Carbohydrate: 50.4 grams
Fats: 10.2 grams
Phospholipids: 1.8 grams
MCTs: 3 grams
EFAs: 2.4 grams
How does it work?
To gain quality weight (muscle, rather than fat), the most important thing is to consume more calories. If your body doesn't get enough of the raw materials it needs to get bigger and stronger (carbohydrate, fat, and protein), you'll be stuck at the same weight for months. Trying to gain muscle without eating enough is like trying to build a house without any bricks - it just won't work.

Your body can only handle so much food in one go. To gain weight, you must eat smaller, more frequent meals. Six smaller meals, rather than three larger ones, is the best way to put on muscle while minimising fat gain. Unfortunately, this isn't always easy. If you don't have an understanding boss, it's difficult to sneak out of the office to eat every few hours. And if you don't have much of an appetite, it's hard to eat six times a day, no matter how dedicated you are. The solution is to use a high-quality weight gain supplement, such as Progain. Progain provides you with all the calories and high-quality nutrients you need to gain muscle size and strength.

BIOMAX™ whey protein
Many weight gainers use casein, soya, or egg protein as their main protein source. Progain contains a blend of whey protein known as BIOMAX™, which is known to stimulate protein synthesis and increase muscle growth [2]. Several of the high-quality whey proteins found in Progain have been used in both animal and human feeding studies, where they have been shown to promote muscle gain, elevate glutathione levels (an antioxidant), and improve exercise performance.

Of the two main protein sources found in milk (casein and whey) most studies show that whey protein provides the greatest benefit in terms of muscle growth and exercise performance. In one trial carried in the Journal of Applied Physiology, Canadian scientists found that after three months of supplementation, whey protein was more effective at improving exercise performance than casein [4]. The whey protein group also lost body fat, and reported feeling far more energetic.

Scientists from Australia report that a whey protein isolate (similar to the whey protein blend contained in Progain) is far superior to casein for muscle growth [8]. Thirteen subjects were given either whey isolate or casein while they took part in a weight-training program for ten weeks. Results showed that the 100% whey isolate was more effective at increasing muscle mass. Test subjects using whey gained over 10 pounds of muscle, while those using casein gained only 2 pounds. Those using whey also gained more strength, although both proteins seemed to prevent the typical drop in plasma glutamine levels that occurs with exercise.

Complex carbohydrate
Simple carbohydrates such as fructose, or sucrose (which is just table sugar) are included in virtually all weight gainers to keep the cost down. Progain uses maltodextrin, an easily digestible complex carbohydrate made from natural corn starch. The starch is cooked, and then broken down into smaller polymers (a process similar to that used by the body to digest carbohydrate). Maltodextrins are sometimes called glucose polymers. As a complex carbohydrate, maltodextrin is especially effective for people who want to gain weight in the form of muscle rather than excess fat.

MCTs
Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are fats with an unusual chemical structure that allows your body to digest them easily. Most fats are broken down in the intestine and remade into a special form that can be transported in the blood. But MCTs are absorbed intact and taken to the liver, where they are used directly for energy. Your body deals with MCTs in much the same way it deals with carbohydrates [3]. MCTs are unique in that they can be used by people wanting to gain weight and muscle without gaining fat.
How do I use it?
One of the best times to take Progain is after you train. Progain will stimulate the release of the anabolic hormone insulin, considered one of nature's most powerful muscle-building hormones. Taken straight after exercise, Progain also helps to prevent muscle breakdown, serving to accelerate muscle growth [1]. On the days you're not training, drink one serving of Progain in the morning or afternoon. If you find that you're not gaining weight fast enough, or if you have a physically demanding job, then you might need two servings each day.
What results can I expect?
When Progain is used in conjunction with an effective training programme and a high protein diet, you should be gaining 1-2 pounds of weight per week. Because of the high-quality nutrients in Progain (such as MCTs, BIOMAX™ whey protein, and complex carbohydrate), virtually all of this will be muscle, and not fat. You should, however, monitor your body composition to make sure the weight you are gaining is muscle.

1. Roy, B.D., & Tarnopolsky, M.A. (1998). Influence of differing macronutrient intakes on muscle glycogen resynthesis after resistance exercise. Journal of Applied Physiology, 84, 890-896
2. Markus CR, Olivier B, Panhuysen GE, Van Der Gugten J, Alles MS, Tuiten A, Westenberg HG, Fekkes D, Koppeschaar HF, de Haan EE. (2000). The bovine protein alpha-lactalbumin increases the plasma ratio of tryptophan to the other large neutral amino acids, and in vulnerable subjects raises brain serotonin activity, reduces cortisol concentration, and improves mood under stress. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 71, 1536-44
3. Dulloo, A.G., Fathi, M., Mensi, N., & Girardier, L. (1996). Twenty-four-hour energy expenditure and urinary catecholamines of humans consuming low-to-moderate amounts of medium chain triglycerides-a dose-response study in a human respiratory chamber. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 50, 152-158
4. Lands, L.C., Grey, V.L., & Smountas, A.A. (1999). Effect of supplementation with a cysteine donor on muscular performance. Journal of Applied Physiology, 87, 1381-1385

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