First of all your website is really awesome and its helped me out alot. My question is whether or not Weider’s mega mass 4000 is a good supplement or not.
Can I add it with any other drinks like you suggest such honey, strawberries, yogurt, orange juice, milk etc...Thank you.
I’ll be honest with you. I’m not a big fan of Weider products. I’ve never been a fan of Weider products because I’ve always felt they charged way too much money for their products.
I just feel that Weider offers sub par ingredients for it’s products. There are much better products out there that do a much better job for your hard earned money.
Let’s do a comparison between three products in the same supplement group. We’ll use the Weider Mega Mass 4000, CytoSport’s CytoGainer, and BSN’s True Mass.
For the purpose of this comparison, we will look at single servings.
First up is Weider’s Mega Mass. A 1 cup serving size is about 149 grams. Each serving contains:
• 570 calories;
• 3.5 grams of fat;
• 104 grams of carbohydrates - 2 grams of fibre and 46 grams of sugar;
• 30 grams of protein.
The main ingredients are maltodextrin (carbohydrate), and a protein blend consisting of whey protein concentrate, calcium caseinate, soy protein isolate, dried egg white (albumen), and whey powder. Also listed as a main ingredient is dextrose, which is a simple sugar.
The price for a 9 pound tub is $50 USD. 1 pound roughly equals 453 grams so there is about 4,077 grams in this container. Divide that by one 149 grams serving and you get about 27 single servings which costs about $1.85 per serving.
Next up is CytoSport's CytoGainer. A single serving is about 150 grams . Each serving contains:
• 570 calories;
• 6 grams of fat;
• 75 grams of carbohydrates - 4 grams of fibre and 7 grams of sugar;
• 54 grams of protein
• 3 grams of creatine
The main ingredients listed on the label are maltodextrin with a low dextrose count, a protein blend consisting of whey protein concentrate and whey protein hydrolysate. Also listed is creatine monohydrate.
The price for a 6 pound tube costs about 36$ USD. With a 6 pound tub, you get about 18 servings and a cost of about $2 per serving.
Next up is BSN’s True Mass. A single 145 gram serving includes the following:
• 663 calories;
• 17 grams of fat consisting of MCT’s;
• 70 grams of carbohydrates - 6 grams of fibre and 14 grams of sugar;
• 50 grams of protein
Main listed ingredients includes a protein blend consisting of whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate, and calcium caseinate. Main carbohydrates source comes from maltodextrin.
For a 6 pound tub it costs about $40. You get about 18 servings per container at a cost of about $2.2 per serving.
Alright, the results are in. There is no comparison between mega mass and the other products in protein quality and quantity. Weider uses a protein blend of sub par proteins such as soy. Really, who uses soy protein anymore? This is a cheap protein fill. In terms of quantity, there are no other weight gain products on the market that has only 30 grams of protein per serving. Why so stingy with the protein and the protein source? Oh yeah, it’s cheap, that’s why.
The winner here is CytoSport with a top grade protein source of whey concentrate and whey isolate.
In terms of carbohydrates, Weider fails bad. Who in their right mind uses dextrose as one of their main carbohydrate sources in a weight gain formula? At 46 grams of sugar per serving, this is simply way too high and unacceptable. Why would anyone want to use 46 grams of sugar per serving in their weight gain formula? Oh yeah, it’s super cheap to manufacture, that’s why.
It’s a cheap filler, almost as cheap as maltodextrin which is their main carbohydrate source. Mega Mass 4000 uses 104 grams of carbohydrates per serving which is too much for anyone at one sitting. There’s simply way too much sugar in Mega Mass 4000. This is a sure way to get to “Mega Fat” very quickly.
The winner here is BSN’s True Mass with 70 grams of carbohydrates, with 6 grams coming from fibre.
Can you see the difference in these products? Weider is big on fillers. Fillers are cheap and sub par. You want to know what I see when I look at the ingredient listing for Weider, I see “cheap”. First of all, Weider uses the cheapest filler available as their number one ingredient which generates the most calories and this is dextrose and maltodextrin.
Secondly, they skimp out on the protein and still use a cheap protein source such as soy as one of their main protein ingredients. C’mon, soy? Who uses soy protein for muscle building anymore? This isn’t the ‘80's.
You may be paying a little more for the other products but trust me, it’s worth it. BSN and CytoSprot use half decent carbohydrate and protein sources and they are in much better balance than Weider’s Mega Mass.
When it comes to supplements, you have to be careful what you putting into your body. At first glance, Weider may seem like a wise choice because of it’s price but upon closer inspection, you see why it’s so cheap. On the label, it’s suggested use is 3 servings per day. That’s over 312 grams of carbohydrates! And a third of that is coming from sugar! You might as well have a can of coke because that’s what it is.
This is why I don’t like Weider products. This company uses the cheapest ingredients on the market today and promote the products as “healthy muscle builders”. If I was you, I’d stay away from this product and go with much better products on the market such as “True Mass” or CytoGainer.
However, if your dead set on using this product - Don’t add anymore carbohydrates to the mix such as honey, fruits or anything else that contains carbohydrates. This product has way too much carbohydrates as it is. If you want, try it with 1% milk or skim milk.
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All the best,
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