Most people who take mass gainer go to the gym as well.
But can you take mass gainer if you don’t work out?
Here’s whether you can take mass gainer without working out:
You can take mass gainer even if you don’t work out. While you’re more likely to gain weight, you won’t gain much muscle. So if you’re wanting to build muscle, you should definitely work out too.
In this article, we cover the pros and cons of taking mass gainer without working out, whether you can use mass gainer as a meal replacement, and more!
Benefits Of Taking Mass Gainer Without Working Out
You’re More Likely To Gain Weight
It goes without saying that the main goal of taking mass gainer is to gain weight.
Now, in order to gain weight, you need to be in a calorie surplus. This means that you need to be consuming more calories than you’re burning.
[Calorie Surplus: Calories In > Calories Out]
By taking mass gainer without working out, you’re going to be consuming a ton of calories, without burning many.
(Since working out burns calories…)
As a result, you’ll gain MORE weight than if you took mass gainer whilst working out.
It’s Efficient If You’re Short On Time
A common problem I hear from hard gainers is that they don’t have the time to prepare and eat 5 heavy meals a day.
And I get that.
Well, the great news is that many mass gainers contain well over 1000 calories.
So if you’re aiming for 3000 calories a day, rather than eating 5 large meals, you can eat 3 big meals and have a mass gainer shake. This way, you can achieve your calorie intake without spending hours upon hours in the kitchen.
Drawbacks Of Taking Mass Gainer Without Working Out
You’re Unlikely To Gain Much Muscle
Unless you’re a genetic freak, you’re very unlikely to build muscle without working out.
Even if you take mass gainer.
Well, to build muscle, you need to give your muscles a reason to grow. And the only way to do this is to exercise your muscles to the point of fatigue.
So regardless of whether you take mass gainer, your muscles simply won’t grow if they’re not being exercised.
(Muscles are metabolically inefficient as they require a lot of calories. Since calories were scarce ‘back in the day’, your body will do everything it can to avoid gaining muscle.)
You’re More Likely To Gain Fat
As covered earlier, you WILL gain weight if you’re in a calorie surplus.
That’s a fact.
But what type of weight will you gain?
Well, mass gainers are high in carbohydrates, so you will gain a lot of water weight in order to store glycogen.
(Glycogen is chains of carbohydrates stored in your muscles, and it’s your muscles preferred fuel source when exercising. Glycogen is held together by water, so when you fill up your glycogen stores, you gain a lot of water weight.)
Once your glycogen stores are full, the rest of the weight gained will likely be fat. This is because you’re not working out, so none of the calories are needed to fuel muscle growth.
(Related Reading: Does Mass Gainer Make You Fat? [The Truth Revealed])
Can You Use Mass Gainer As A Meal Replacement?
As touched upon earlier, mass gainer is an efficient way to consume a meal’s worth of calories if you’re short on time.
And with it being high in protein and carbs, it covers 2 of your macros.
That said, you typically won’t find many vitamins and minerals in mass gainer, so it is important to eat plenty of fruit and veg in your other meals so that you’re not deficient in anything.
Is It Safe To Take Mass Gainer If You Don’t Work Out?
Mass gainer is a safe supplement regardless of whether you work out.
But if it’s making you fat, then you should probably stop taking it to reduce the risk of serious diseases, like diabetes and heart disease.
Does Mass Gainer Work Without Working Out?
If you’re taking mass gainer to gain weight, then you’re even more likely to gain weight if you take it without working out.
So from that perspective, mass gainer definitely works even if you don’t work out.
However, if you’re taking mass gainer to build big muscles, then you’re unlikely to build muscle if you don’t work out, regardless of whether you take mass gainer.
So ultimately, it depends on what your goal is from taking mass gainer.
Should You Take Mass Gainer Without Working Out?
The answer to this one depends on your goals.
If you’re super skinny, and you just want to gain weight (regardless of whether it’s muscle or fat), then you should definitely take mass gainer.
Whereas if you want to gain as much muscle as possible, you should only take mass gainer if you work out.
Can You Take Mass Gainer Every Day Without Working Out?
There’s nothing wrong with taking mass gainer every day without working out.
But I personally wouldn’t for 2 reasons:
- It’s expensive as heck
- You’ll very likely gain a lot of fat
If you’re stick thin, then you probably don’t care about gaining fat and it might be a good thing for you.
But if you’re a normal weight like most people, then your money would be better spent elsewhere.