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How Does Boost Energy Drink Help You Gain Weight?

author image Erin Coleman, R.D., L.D.
Erin Coleman is a registered and licensed dietitian. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in dietetics and has extensive experience working as a health writer and health educator. Her articles are published on various health, nutrition and fitness websites.
How Does Boost Energy Drink Help You Gain Weight?
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Drinking calorie-rich nutrition drinks -- such as Boost -- not only gives you energy, it can help you gain weight. Boost energy drinks are good options for healthy weight gain because while most flavors do contain a significant number of calories, they provide a good balance of protein, carbs, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. However, just because you drink Boost energy drinks doesn’t mean you’ll effectively gain weight.

How to Drink It

Although Boost nutrition drinks can be used as meal replacements when you’re trying to lose weight, they are often useful for weight gain when consumed between meals to add extra calories. Drink Boost as a midmorning snack, afternoon snack or both to add additional calories to your weight-gain meal plan. You could also drink one before bed for an extra calorie boost.

Concentrated Calories

One 8-ounce container of Boost Original contains 240 calories. Boost Plus provides 360 calories in each 8-ounce container. To effectively gain weight, you must eat more calories than you burn off daily. One pound of body weight equals about 3,500 calories. By adding one Boost to your diet daily -- while keeping your physical activity level the same -- you should start to notice a slow, gradual weight gain of about 1/2 pound per week. Adding two Boosts to your daily menu can help you gain about 1 pound weekly.

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Packed With Protein

Boost is a good source of protein, which is important when you’re trying to gain muscle mass. In fact, choosing Boost High Protein means you’ll be getting 15 grams of protein in each 8-ounce portion. A review published in 2011 in the “Journal of Sports Sciences” reports that athletes who want to build muscle mass should consume 1.3 to 1.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight -- which equals 0.6 to 0.82 gram of protein per pound of body weight daily. Even if you're not an athlete, a high protein intake increases the likelihood of weight gain when increasing your energy expenditure, according to a study published in 2012 in the "Journal of the American Medical Association."

Boost Your Workouts

Drinking Boost High Protein before and after resistance-training workouts maximizes lean muscle mass gains. A review published in 2012 in the “Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition” reports that ingesting protein supplements before and after weight-training sessions increases lean body mass, muscle size and muscle strength, and that consuming milk protein -- the protein found in Boost nutrition drinks -- after training sessions promotes muscle gains and body fat loss.

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