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The thing is I have this trendy Mutant Muscle Gainer that advises me to take 4 cups of it in a day when I workout - 2 cups before the workout and 2 cups after. This goes pretty well to me. But the thing is, however, that I feel a little bit ashamed when I don't drink it during the days I'm not exercising - I'm drinking it to gain weight mass, but I'm not drinking it regularly as I'm only going to the gym 3 days a week.

Should I be bothered at all? Or should I drink this thing each and every day?

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Just a personal opinion: What speaks against natural carbs as weight gainer, e.g. oat meal, brown rice,... ? –  mchlfchr Sep 27 '13 at 8:27
    
@mchlfchr They are not enough and I have a very tight life schedule that I sometimes forget to eat :D –  SergiusGee Sep 27 '13 at 9:16
    
No excuses. :) Buy yourself a blender, put in some milled nuts, fruits, oats and fill it up with milk/water. This is still portable. You also get more essential nutrients and you don't mess up your body with chemical (and far more expensive) weight gainer products. Spend the saved money for a good whey protein instead. –  mchlfchr Sep 27 '13 at 11:55
    
@mchlfchr Hmm, that's a great idea) Think it will work better?) –  SergiusGee Sep 27 '13 at 21:09
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Muscle gainers, protein shakes and the like are supplements. They are meant to supplement your diet if it is lacking in certain essential requirements.

If you have investigated what your daily calorie and macro-nutrient requirements are, and you find yoruself falling short of what is neccessary to meet your goals, they yes continue to take them. However, consider that they are, again there to supplement your nutrition and where possible the bulk of your food intake should come from food, preferably, unprocessed whole foods to ensure that you are getting a diverse variety of essential vitamins and minerals.

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Some things to think about, assuming you "gainer" product is one of the many whey protein (+ creatine?) powder:

  1. The manufacturer will always tell you to take too much of it (and sell more of it that way)
  2. Supplement taking does not gain muscle, hard work in the gym does
  3. Extra protein intake can help maximize result of the hard work, and help with recovery, and is usually consumed right after exercise.
  4. Too much protein can be bad for your kidneys

so if it was me, i would limit my intake to half the recommendation, and only right after workouts. But that's just me.

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