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Universal Gain Fast 3100 Review
Before I start my review, one must understand that I don't particularly find weight gainers to be a worthy investment. I feel that most of them are packed too full of simple sugars and are thus not the best choice for putting on weight.
However, for people who have a very hard time gaining weight they do seem to come in handy, especially if one has a hard time eating enough calories from whole foods.
Let us first look at the ingredients in this product. The ingredients are as follows:
ProtoCarb Plus (Universal's High Performance Carbohydrate Complex - Consisting Of High Energy Glucose Polymers, Maltodextrin (Long-Chained Complex Carbohydrates), Pure Crystalline Fructose, And Dextrose), Super Protein EX (Universal's Superior Protein Blend- Consisting Of The Highest Biological Value Peptide-Bonded Casein, Pharmaceutical Grade Pancreatic Digest Of Whey Protein (Lactalbumin) (Milk), Egg White (Albumin) Protein, With Naturally Occurring Branched-Chain Amino Acids L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, And L-Valine), AGC (Universal's Proprietary Anabolic Growth Complex- Consisting Of Anabolic Gaining Agents, Metabolic Optimizers, And Performance Factors) Advanced Vitamin/Mineral Complex, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Lipotropics And Natural Flavors.
The first ingredients that jump out at me are the carbohydrates. The first ingredient is the so called "ProtoCarb Plus" which consists of "high energy glucose polymers", maltodextrin, pure crystalline fructose and dextrose. Since this is the first ingredient on the list that would mean it is also found in the greatest quantity in this product.
However, Universal does not really state how much of each carbohydrate source is found in the product. Personally I am not interested in having simple sugars such as glucose "high energy glucose polymers" and dextrose. These carbohydrate sources are digested quickly and are known to cause an accompanying insulin response.
Glucose (Glc), a monosaccharide (or simple sugar) also known as grape sugar, blood sugar, or corn sugar, is a very important carbohydrate in biology. The living cell uses it as a source of energy and metabolic intermediate.
I usually like to try to get my carbohydrate sources from complex carbohydrates as they will be digested more slowly and will not create such a drastic insulin response. Although it's debatable, I personally try to stay away from simple carbohydrates that are high on the
glycemic scale since causing an insulin response may also cause the storage of fat.
However, I feel that a product such as this one can be used successfully after a workout when glycogen stores in one's muscles are depleted and need to be replenished. Also, as I said before, this product would be good for "true hard-gainers", if there is such a thing, or those wanting to bulk up and are not worried about putting on a bit of fat.
The price of this product is fairly inexpensive, and this is mostly due to the fact that it is mostly made from cheap carbohydrate sources. However, to be fair, the product does seem to also have a good amount of protein per serving as well as some other important nutrients.
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My flavor was vanilla. If one follows the directions on the container it says to mix 5 scoops with 16 ounces of your beverage of choice. I decided to use
water, and oh boy, when they say it makes a "thick, delicious, frosty shake" they were definitely not kidding about the thick part. I feel that with only 16 ounces of water the shake is way too thick.
Also, I used a handheld blender to mix the shake. However, even with the blender, I could taste crystalline particles that seem to be undissolved sugars. I guess this would be the "frosty" part of the shake.
Anyways, at first I really hated the taste of the shake and had a very difficult time drinking it, also because it was so thick and calorie dense (842 calories supposedly). However, I seemed to get used to the taste, and actually didn't mind drinking it as the days went by. But I suggest not starting with the whole five scoops at once, but rather building up to the dose.
Also, to be fair, I don't usually like vanilla shakes in the first place, and feel that chocolate would have been a better choice. Also, I didn't even bother trying their "Get Big Formula" which requires the addition of egg whites, milk, ice cream/yogurt and milk powder to make a shake of 3100 calories. I feel that is too much to be drinking at once.
Surprisingly I didn't experience any stomach problems from this product, even when taking five scoops all at once. At first I was a bit worried that it wouldn't agree with me, however, I experienced zero problems. The only side effect was just a bit of bloat from all the simple carbohydrates.
After using this product for one week I can indeed attest to Universal's claim that you will "gain fast". I did seem to put on a bit of weight with this product, even after only one week. The scale seemed to jump up five pounds. However, obviously I realize this is not really muscle gains, but a lot of water gains from the simple carbs and also perhaps a bit of fat.
However, my muscles did feel a lot fuller and I enjoyed this. Also, I noticed that by drinking these shakes every day, my appetite seemed to increase (my appetite was a bit on the low side before starting this product) and thus I could also eat a lot more whole foods.
However, I decided to stop taking these shakes after one week since I noticed my stomach was feeling a bit bloated and even a bit fat. This is definitely something I don't want as I like to stay lean year round, even if it means I am slightly smaller as a result.
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Personally I feel that this product is just not for me. However, it does seem to help with gaining weight, and I would recommend it to people who have a hard time eating enough calories in a day to gain weight. I feel that Universal could have used better carbohydrate sources in its product, but at the same time that would increase the price.
But really, I would simply recommend making a homemade healthy gainer. This can be done by mixing a good quality protein powder (I usually like Optimum 100% Whey Protein), with a couple scoops of dry oats and a tablespoon of flax oil or Udo's blended oil (Udo's Choice 3-6-9 Oil Blend).
This way you get your protein, you get your good complex carbohydrates and also some healthy fats. It may not taste as good as some of these "gainers", although it will be a lot better, especially if one wishes to stay away from simple carbohydrates.