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Liquid Supplements for Weight Gain

author image Stefania Koziol
Stefania Koziol began to write in 2006 for her college nutrition newsletter. She received a Bachelor of Science in health science from State University New York at Cortland and became a registered dietitian in 2009.
Liquid Supplements for Weight Gain
Liquid supplements can be a great tool for weight gain. Photo Credit shevtsovy/iStock/Getty Images

Weight gain can become an issue for certain sections of the population. Whether attempting to gain weight due to a medical condition or just to bulk up, the use of liquid supplements can make the process easier and quicker. There are a multitude of liquid supplements available. It is important to find one which works best for you.

Choosing A Supplement

Choosing a liquid supplement can feel like a daunting task. There are many different products on the market today, with new ones being added continuously. When choosing a supplement consider what is the ultimate goal? If attempting to gain muscle weight, choosing a supplement high in protein becomes important. If attempting to gain weight due to a health condition flavor or caloric level could become more important. Other considerations include: caloric level, vitamin/mineral content, lactose content, consistency, taste and cost.

Determining Ideal Body Weight

To determine how much weight to gain, it is important to calculate ideal body weight. To calculate ideal body weight for males use this equation: 106 lbs. for the first 5 feet in height, then multiply every inch over 5 feet by 6 and add that to 106 lbs. For example, ideal body weight for a 5 foot, 8 inch male equals 154 lbs. Ideal body weight for females is calculated using the following equation: 100 lbs. for the first 5 feet in height, then multiply every inch over 5 feet by 5 and add that to 100 lbs. For example, ideal body weight for a 5 feet 8 inch female equals 140 lbs.

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Liquid Supplements for Body Building

To find a liquid supplement ideal for increasing muscle mass it is important to determine protein needs. The protein requirement for the average person can be calculated using the following method: multiply weight in kg by .8-1. For example, a 70 kg person needs 56-70 g protein per day. According to the American Dietetic Association, to increase muscle mass adjust protein to 1.2-1.7 g per kg. Therefore, the same 70 kg person now requires 84-119 g of protein per day. A great option to try is Muscle Milk, which provides 25 g protein per 14 oz.

Liquid Supplements For Weight Gain

If underweight it is important to determine calories needed per day for weight gain. The average person requires 25-30 calories per kg. For weight gain increase to 30-35 calories per kg. For example a 70 kg person attempting to gain weight requires 2,100-2,450 calories per day. Certain disease states can also require an increase in daily caloric intake, such as cancer, burns and kidney failure requiring dialysis. A couple of popular products include, Ensure and Boost.

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