O Serious Mass is probably the most popular gainer on the market, but?is it worth it?
Optimum Nutrition is one of the best and most prestigious supplement brands, being responsible for the famous Whey, Gold Standard.
We analyzed the Gold Standard here, and it is indeed a good protein, but Serious Mass unfortunately is not at the same level.
Like all gainers, the purpose of this supplement is to help you gain weight, above all through the high number of calories per shake.
So let's start reviewing Serious Mass.
Optimum Nutrition makes several highlights in this supplement, the main ones being:
- 1250 calories per shake
- 50g of a protein mixture
- More than 250g of carbohydrates without added sugar
- Creatine and Glutamine
- 25 Vitamins and Minerals
So let's analyze this in detail.
The nutritional values of this vanilla flavor supplement are as follows.
|Dose / 334g||%|
As you can see from the table, the Serious Mass is composed of only 15,90% of protein, which is an extremely low value, and to get such 50g of protein highlighted by the brand, you need to use a full dose, which corresponds to 334g of product.
In addition to low protein levels, carbohydrate levels are 75%, meaning too many carbohydrates.
As for fats, the levels are low and therefore there is not much to comment.
On a nutritional level, Serious Mass is a bad supplement.
Serious Mass uses multiple protein sources through a so-called Protein Blend.
In this protein mixture there are three quality proteins, being the Whey Concentrada the main one, the Calcium Caseinate the next and finally the egg protein, the Albumin.
Protein sources are good, but of little use when the amount used is so small.
Maltodextrin is almost all of Serious Mass' carbohydrate source.
What carbohydrate is this?
Maltodextrin is a fast carbohydrate source, with a high glycemic index and very similar to Dextrose/Glucose.
It is an inexpensive source of carbohydrates, and its use is not recommended beyond post-workout.
In other words, bad choice.
25 vitamins and minerals is one of the brand's highlights in this product, and it is a nice addition to the supplement, as it has a huge variety of vitamins and minerals in good amounts.
In addition to vitamins and minerals, there is an addition of Creatine, Glutamine and MCT.
But here, unlike vitamins and minerals, there is a problem.
THE Creatine represents 0.29% of the supplement and only 1g per dose.
The same thing.
As for MCT, it is a fat, and if the percentage of fat is 1.32%, of course, the amount of MCT is miserable.
The recommended daily dose for Creatine supplementation? It's 5g.
We now need to analyze the price, and for that we used the values practiced by the Prozis store.
|Cost Per Serving||3.24?||2.81?|
|Half dose cost||1.62?||1.40?|
O Serious Mass is available in 2.7kg format and the largest, 5.4kg, with 8 and 16 doses respectively.
In other words, even in the 5.4kg bag, if you use the full dose indicated by Optimum Nutrition, you only have 16 shakes until you finish the product.
The cost per dose is 3.24? in the smaller format and 2.81? in the largest, which is significantly superior to the Scitec Nutrition Jumbo.
In addition to the cost per serving, we put the value if you choose to use only half a serving, which is what many people who use this supplement do, and you already get around 25g of protein per shake.
So is it expensive or cheap?
Bearing in mind that 75% of this supplement is Maltodextrin, the price leaves something to be desired.
Where to buy?
You'll find Serious Mass available in several places.
How and when to take Serious Mass?
The best time to take this supplement is after training.
Also, it's a good idea to only use half a serving instead of the full serving, as the carbohydrate content is too high.
Another strategy would be to use half a dose before training, and half a dose after training.
O Serious Mass from Optimum Nutrition, unlike Gold Standard, is not a good supplement.
It's a gainer with only 15,90% of protein, an exaggerated 75,54% of carbohydrates, all from maltodextrin, a not very recommended source.
Will you gain weight with Serious Mass?
Yes, most likely yes.
The problem is that most likely too, much of that weight will be not muscle but fat.
If you intend to purchase a product in this category? Gainer ? opt for one with a higher protein content, and preferably with other sources of carbohydrates.