A Real Pain
My 2nd mass-gainer protein and I gotta say I was extremely optimistic when I bought my 10.6lb bag. I saw tons of good reviews with the sprinkle of bad ones of course, but every product has negative reviews. Plus it was "Cybro Monday' for bodybuilding.com which meant 20% off. I couldn't pass that deal up.
1 word describes my experience with Real Gains: diarrhea. Sorry to be gross, but I'm trying to be honest. I won't go into detail about it, but I will tell you the side-effects that I had with Real Gains later and how it pertains to my review and overall feeling about it.
*Aesthetics: 10/10* Comes in a big bag with a convenient handle on it, of course it has the Universal flexing dude on it too. First thought when I got it was, "Ok this looks pretty darn legit, let's go!!!" Boy was I in for a surprise.
*Taste: 8/10* I ordered the cookies and cream flavor and it wasn't the best cookies and cream I've had. Given it is a mass-gainer it's not made to be amazing, but Up Your Mass! cookies and cream kicked this one's butt big time. Good, but not great. If you are someone who is picky with their taste then this product isn't for you. If you like things that taste good and that are drinkable with no problem then this is one of those.
*Ingredient Profile: 9/10* It does have a profile that makes you at least curious to try it. On the bag they say the carbs in it are MOSTLY complex carbs. Total carb count is 86g with 10g of sugar so that's actually looks pretty promising. On top of that you get 54g of protein which is a mix of whey concentrate, isolate and casein. Each serving has over 10 grams of BCAA(on the bag it says per 100g of protein so you gotta divide that in half per serving). Plus Glutamine and a bunch of other non essential AA's. Great profile there too. I was pretty impressed when I picked up the bag and broke all of it down.
*Mixability: 6/10* This is an odd product. I've never had a protein that doesnt mix in a Blender Bottle. I love my Blender Bottle and it's mixed up everything I've ever thrown at it until now. They said on the label to put it in a blender or a shaker cup. I'm guessing the Universal MixBoy would do the trick, but not my blender bottle. I put 16 oz of whole milk in there and all it did was stick to my blender ball. I started drinking it and noticed all I was drinking was thick clumps of Real Gains. Naturally I look inside and I see my blender ball just caked in Real Gains. It didn't mix at all into my milk. What a waste of of a serving.
I'm giving it a 6/10 for the inability to mix in the most popular shaker cup. To get a good consistency you have to put it in the blender. If there was a convenience rating then it would also be a 6/10 for that reason. It's really obnoxious, in my opinion that is, to have to mix it in a blender then clean the blender blah blah blah each time. I love just mixing protein in my Blender Bottle and washing it out with a sponge. Nice and easy. Not with Real Gains.
*Effectiveness 7/10* This product did pack on some mass for me. Not as much as I would've liked, but I can't deny the gains I did make. I had a 4-day split as far as working out goes, and a clean bulking diet of a dozen eggs a day, sweet potatoes, chicken breasts and lite Greek yoghurt. Good diet, and a good routine mixed with Real Gains gave me gains that I was happy with, but not ecstatic. I wish I could give you measurements, but I can't seem that find them right now. Sorry about that I can be a bit of a scatter brain.
The real thing that overshadowed any gains made were the ridiculous side-effects from the product.
After taking Real Gains you notice you start feeling a little sick. Just a little, nothing horrible...yet. It starts off very mild at first with just some gas and burps. No biggy right? It's got whey and casein so of course it'll give a bit of that. Here's the kicker: for around 3-4 hours after that you can't stay off the can. It's back to the bathroom every 20-30 minutes and it's awful. I couldn't function after it. It destroyed my mornings completely because I knew wherever I went I had to make sure I had an "escape route" per se. My goodness. I do have a sensitive stomach to an extent, but this is unlike anything I have ever had. I've even had severe dehydration before to the point of shaking and losing feeling in my extremities and I didn't have to crap this bad.
If you are someone who has a stomach made of titanium then for the money this isn't a bad gainer. If you're a normal person or have even a slightly sensitive stomach, BEWARE. I would be very cautious because I had a friend who also took this because I told him I was, and he had the same problem. He isn't lactose intolerant or anything yet it destroyed him as well.
I hope this review wasn't too lengthy. It is such a weird protein which is why I had to cover so many facets of it.
- Builds Muscle
- Goes Down Easy
- Strength Gains
- Decent Value
- The Runs
- Will Not Mix
- Very Sticky