Protein Shakes for Weight Gain

If your aim is weight gain or increased muscle mass, adding protein shakes to your daily diet can help you to reach your goals. The added calories, nutrients and muscle-building proteins will help your body to renew and grow muscle and tissue. You can find out more about how to healthily gain weight here and read on to find out how protein shakes can help you on your weight gain journey.

How many grams of protein do you need to gain weight?

The recommended daily intake of protein for adults is 50g*. Eating anything in excess of this amount could cause you to put on weight, as excess protein is stored in the body as fat. If, however you are also exercising alongside your high protein diet your muscles will use the extra protein to grow and repair themselves.

What are the best protein shakes for weight gain?

Paired with a healthy diet and exercise regime protein shakes can help with your weight gain goals. Enriched with vitamins, nutrients and added calories, protein powders are designed to support muscle growth and repair. Brands such as Protein World and PhD Nutrition offer a variety of protein powders and bars to help support your weight gain, whether you’re creating protein shakes or grabbing a snack on the go.

If you’re hoping to bulk up or tone up you can drink a protein shake before or after a workout, however if you are underweight and hoping to gain weight you can drink a protein shake for breakfast or as a snack to increase your calorie intake. Calculating your BMI will help to determine whether you are a healthy weight for your height, before trying to gain or lose weight you should check your score.

Are there protein shakes designed especially for females?

If you are a woman hoping to increase your protein intake, gain weight and build muscle, there are many shake options out there for you. In general, most protein sources and supplements are none gender specific and it is more important to focus on your size and weight to find what’s right for your body. Most women do have a smaller body mass than men and so may need less protein, for example, the recommended intake of protein is 0.75g per kilogram of body weight**.There are protein shake brands available such as Slender Blend which are suited to both females and males, as well as being gluten free, soy free and vegetarian.

What is the best drink to make you gain weight?

If you’re looking to gain weight, drinking drinks that have extra calories can really help, however these drinks still need to be healthy and full of nutrients. Aside from protein shakes, smoothies, meal replacement shakes, milkshakes and fruit juice are all good options, just watch out for added sugar or ingredients such as ice cream. If you’re making smoothies and shakes from scratch you can add high calorie foods into your drinks to up your daily calorie intake. These will also add texture and flavour to your shakes, drinking these with your meals will help to further boost your calorie intake.

Ingredients could include:

  • Whole milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Nuts and nut butters
  • Yoghurt
  • Bananas
  • Avocados
  • Honey
  • Dried fruits
  • Oats
  • Coconut oil

Make sure to also add lots of fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables to your smoothies so you get all the vitamins and minerals you need. If we’ve inspired you to get out your blender and create a tasty treat, then why not try one of our smoothie recipes?

You can also drink meal replacements, traditionally these are used in place of a balanced meal, however if you’re trying to gain weight they are a good option to drink alongside your meals. Brands such as Slimfast and Celebrity Slim have a variety of meal replacement shakes, in different flavours that are enriched with essential vitamins.

Sources

*www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/what-are-reference-intakes-on-food-labels

**www.nutrition.org.uk/nutritionscience/nutrients-food-and-ingredients/protein.html

www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/food-and-diet/how-can-i-gain-weight-safely

www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/advice-for-underweight-adults

Typically protein shakes are made from whey, casein and egg proteins. If you’re vegan there are protein shakes made from pea and soy proteins. Find out more about vegan protein supplements here.

Lean meat, tofu, eggs and dairy products are high in protein, to find out more about other foods high in protein click here.

BMI stands for Body Mass Index is a way for you and your GP to check that you’re a healthy weight for your height and gender. You can work out your BMI by following these steps or visit our BMI page:

Step One: Multiply your height in metres by itself, e.g. 1.5x1.5= 3

Step Two: Divide your weight in Kilos by this figure, e.g. 90 ÷ 3 = 30

Step Three: For this example 30 is your BMI