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Re: Weight Gainers & Teenager Usage

Re: Weight Gainers & Teenager Usage

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Posted by Jon on December 21, 1999 at 13:22:14:

In Reply to: Weight Gainers & Teenager Usage posted by Tee on December 15, 1999 at 21:49:10:

I am 22 now and was in about the exact same situation as your son. When I was 16 I wanted to put on weight for football and decided to do it, on my own accord and without outside pressure, however. I used Joe Weider's Mega Mass 2000 weightgainer. With that and meals I was taking in around 10,000 claories a day. It worked and I put on a lot of weight. I gained 40lbs in two months. That is the type of weight gain that leaves you open for questions of steroid use. The weight I gained was all muscle or close to it. However, now I am a nutritional science major and I think that what I did and the way I did it may have not been the best way to go. I had some kidney pain while I was using the weightgainer and it was most likely due to all the straing put on the kideny from the enormous amount of protein I was taking in and also various vitamins that were also in the supplement. Also, it is not going to work the way it did for me for everyone. What type of metabolism does your son have? In other words, how quickly does he put on weight when piggin out? I had a really hyperactive metabolism back then and taking in that kind of calories was pretty much the only way I could gain weight. If your son has a slow metabolism, then there is a good chance that he will put on fat(not desirable for most athletes and not a healthy choice obviously). Also, what sport is he putting the weight on for. I assume football because that is my sport of choice and a sport where size is desired. The results he gets from any dose of weightgainer are going to depend on the sport and how hard he works out at the gym. Whether or not he gains muscle is going to depend on the end calorie balance. After a day of supplementation and working out, his body will absorb so much of the protein to build and repair muscle. Some of the protein he took in could have gone to providing energy during the workout if carbohydrates were sparingly available. The rest of the protein will go to fat. Finally, what type of weightgainer is he using? How much fat is present and is he using it with water, milk, or whole milk. If he is using whole milk then he will have to take into account the additional fat. In the end, the best thing you can do for your son is see a doctor or a nutritionist/dietician if you can afford it. Most likely a doctor will just refer you to a nutritionist/dietician. They will sit down with you and/or your son and determine his BMR, physical activity calorie expenditure, and other factors to determine his ideal calorie intake to put on the most muscle mass. If you do not want to go to that trouble, be aware that 10,000 calories is a lot and can be dangerous. Also, be careful of the amount of protein in his total diet. Currently, most sources recommend at most 1 gram of protein/ pound of body weight in athletes. This is an extreme upper limit and most athletes gain muscle mass at this amount. Your son is probably way beyond this, possibly by a multiple of 3-4. I think I was lucky I did not injure my body more than the annoying pain in my kidenys. Just tell your son to be careful and make him aware that too much of the weightgainer will hurt his body and possibly make him gain more fat than he would believe.

Jon



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