Over the course of 5 weeks I went through two 10lb bags of ON PC Gainer, Double Chocolate flavor. This amounts to two servings per day. For anyone wondering, the reason I was doing so much (since really one per day is plenty most of the time) is because as of this writing, I'm currently in Iraq and...
Over the course of 5 weeks I went through two 10lb bags of ON PC Gainer, Double Chocolate flavor. This amounts to two servings per day. For anyone wondering, the reason I was doing so much (since really one per day is plenty most of the time) is because as of this writing, I'm currently in Iraq and the food over here is terrible if you're trying to do what I'm trying to do...lose fat while gaining muscle. And for the record, I'm an ectomorph and an extremely hard gainer. So to pack on mass, simply eating more "lean, clean" food that is high in protein, low in fat to increase clean calories is just about impossible over a sustained period of time over here. For most people actually living in civilization, I'd say one serving a day is enough. Here's the deal:
Overall, I'd give ON PC Gainer an 8/10 in this category. What would have increased the score is a higher caloric count. 650 calories per serving (keep in mind that ON PC I think has 250 calories per serving so we're talking about an extra 400 calories in this product), 70 of those are calories from fat, making ON PC Gainer's caloric ratio 11% by fat. To me, that's a truly "low fat," source of protein (as opposed to other weight gainers
that have a much higher fat caloric %age). If you mix this with 16oz of skim milk, as I did, that amounts to roughly 800 calories and 74 grams of protein per serving. It's not broken down by amounts, but the blend of protein is primarily whey, then casein and egg. So taking this with skim milk, I still believe that my body was able to utilize all the protein rather than overload with too much of a specific kind.
Mixability: 9/10. Every serving I had, 46 total, I mixed with 16oz of skim milk, shaken, not stirred. There was minimal clumpage, if any, and the overall texture was quite smooth.
Taste: 9/10. There's something about ON's PC products in the Double Chocolate flavor...can't put my finger on it, but overall, the taste is quite good. I weight this category the least, but it still helps when the supp tastes good, which ON PC Gainer does.
Packaging: 5/10. Not a normal category, but worth mentioning in this instance. Everyone who has reviewed this product mentions the scoop, and they're all right. The scoop that comes with this actually looks like a pyrex measuring cup and appears to be designed to pour liquid. If you use it in a standard mixer, you'll spill it everywhere. I carefully measured it out and HERE'S THE DEAL: three heaping scoops with a standard scoop that comes with ON PC or BSN
is equivalent to 1 heaping scoop for ON PC Gainer, which is 1 serving. So save your old scoop and use three heaping scoops of that rather than the ridiculously inefficient scoop that comes with ON PC Gainer. Here's the other thing...the 10lb container is a bag. And if you don't have scissors, which I didn't, you're going to tear this bag all to hades and almost certainly ruin the lame "ziplock" mechanism. When the bag is all torn up, it's actually a little annoying to scoop the powder out. So get yourself some scissors.
Value: 10/10. For the money you'll pay, it's the best quality for the price IMHO. I ordered both bags off of supplementwarehouse for $54/bag. Not including shipping, that's $1.93 per serving, which is really good.
OVERALL: 9/10. The proof is in the results. Given my limitations on food, here's what I accomplished with 5 weeks of strict diet (as best I could) and a strict workout regimen: In 5 weeks I gained 6lbs of muscle MASS
and lost 3lbs of body fat (I took weekly measurements with skin-fold calipers while measuring my weight), and I took my BF% from 15.99% to 14.51%. And there is absolutely no doubt, again, given my dietary limitations here in Iraq, that ON PC Gainer is what enabled me to accomplish this.
BOTTOM LINE: For the price, there isn't a finer, higher-quality weight gainer
on the market. There may be a higher quality product out there, but for hard gainers or anyone looking to put on MASS
while being as financially conscious as possible, ON PC Gainer is your product. The only thing I would change that would have given it a perfect 10/10 is a higher caloric count, include a different scoop, and make the 10lb bags a little easier to initially open and make the ziplock mechanism function a little more properly.