Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass is a high-calorie, high-protein supplement intended to promote increases in lean muscle mass and weight. While Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass may help you gain muscle when used in conjunction with a workout program, it may also trigger unpleasant side effects. This product provides 50 g of protein and more than 250 g of carbohydrates per serving. As with any supplement, you should consult your doctor before using Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass.
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Optimum Nutrition's Serious Mass contains 1,250 calories per serving, which represents 62.5 percent of the average daily suggested intake of 2,000 calories. One pound of fat contains 3,500 calories, so if you ate at your maintenance level of calories and added one serving of Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass to your regular diet, you would gain 1 lb. within three days. However, you can counteract the excess calories by working out, which burns calories and promotes muscle gain.
Each serving of Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass provides the entire daily recommended intake of vitamin A. So if you consume other foods rich in vitamin A, such as carrots, spinach and kale, you may be at risk for an overdose of vitamin A, which may cause liver problems. Serious Mass contains 50 g of protein per serving, which is also an entire day's worth; registered dietitian Katherine Zeratsky notes too much protein may cause or exacerbate existing liver problems.
Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass contains creatine, an ingredient that is used in many supplements to promote muscle and strength gain. If you are using Serious Mass with other supplements that contain creatine, you may be at risk for kidney damage, as the University of Maryland Medical Center notes this is a side effect of creatine. Registered dietitian Zeratsky explains that high protein intake may also be associated with kidney damage.
Impaired Workout Recovery
One benefit of exercise such as resistance training is that it improves insulin sensitivity, which helps your body use insulin more efficiently and decreases the risk of fat gain. However, a study published in the May 2009 issue of "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" found that consuming vitamin C and vitamin E in conjunction with workouts inhibits improvements in insulin sensitivity promoted by exercise. Each serving of Serious Mass contains 100 percent of the recommended daily intake of both vitamins. This may hamper your workout recovery.
- Optimum Nutrition: Serious Mass
- National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Vitamin A and Carotenoids
- MayoClinic.com; Are High-Protein Diets Safe for Weight Loss?; Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D.; June 19, 2010
- University of Maryland Medical Center; Creatine; June 2, 2009
- "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences"; Antioxidants Prevent Health-Promoting Effects of Physical Exercise in Humans; M. Ristow et al.; May 2009