Should You Take Mass Gainer With Water or Milk?

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Should you take your mass gainer with milk or water? That’s the bulking question I’m going to explore in this weight gainer article.

Although deciding whether to mix your mass gainer with milk or water might seem like a trivial matter, these two liquids can massively influence how your mass gainer tastes and mixes.

So, if you want to get the most from your weight gainer and actually want to enjoy drinking your shake (yes, mass gainers can taste good!), then make sure to read this mass gainer mixing guide.

Can I Take Mass Gainer With Water?

A bag of mass gainer with a mug of milk on one side and a glass of water on the other

Yes, you can definitely take a mass gainer with water, and doing so has several advantages.

First, if you mix your mass gainer with water, you can bring your mass gainer powder with you to work, school, or to the gym and then simply add water. Although ideally, you’d pour the water into your shaker bottle first and then add the powder, but I know this isn’t always possible when you’re on the go.

Another advantage of mixing your weight gainer with water is that the consistency will be thinner and less gritty, which, for some people, makes their mass gainer much more drinkable.

Additionally, when you use water rather than milk, you don’t alter the nutritional content of your shake in any way, so you know exactly how many calories you’re consuming.

Finally, mixing your weight gainer with water as opposed to milk will reduce the overall lactose content of your shake (unless you use lactose-free milk or plant milk), which may improve your digestion and make your stomach more comfortable.

The main downside of mixing your mass gainer with water is that it probably won’t taste as good as if you used milk because water isn’t the slightest bit creamy. This will likely make your weight gainer less enjoyable to drink unless the powder is really well-flavoured.

Also, if you’re a natural hardgainer, then using water rather than milk will mean that you end up with a lower-calorie shake. This is a shame because adding milk is one of the best ways to boost the nutritional value of a mass gainer, making it even more protein-packed and calorie-dense.

Can You Mix Mass Gainer With Milk?

A mass gainer tub pictured with a glass of water and a mug of milk

Yes, you can certainly mix your mass gainer with milk, and this is the recommended approach for hardgainers because mixing your weight gainer with milk increases the calorie, protein, carbohydrate, and fat content of your mass gain shake.

Mixing your weight gainer with milk naturally results in a thicker, creamier shake, which makes your mass gainer more enjoyable to drink. It depends on the powder, but you might need to use quite a bit of milk to achieve a smooth, non-gritty texture.

I always mix my mass gainer with milk, both for the taste enhancement and the calorie boost. And if you don’t want to use regular cow’s milk, you can always use plant milk or lactose-free milk.

The main downside of mixing your mass gainer with milk is that it could make you feel a bit more bloated than if you just used water. However, this really depends on your individual lactose tolerance and the overall calorie content of your mass gainer.

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Can You Take Mass Gainer With Hot Milk?

Two mass gainers in shaker bottles, one mixed with whole milk, and the other mixed with water

While it’s possible to mix your mass gainer with hot milk, it’s not generally recommended because the powder is unlikely to mix well with hot milk. Using a blender could be a good way around this problem, but then you lose the convenience of mixing in a shaker bottle.

You could possibly use a blend of cold milk and hot milk (or swap cold milk for room-temperate water) to improve the mixability.

While mixing mass gainer with hot liquid can denature the proteins, most experts believe that this won’t actually reduce the effectiveness of the amino acids.

But to err on the side of caution, I wouldn’t use piping hot milk; I’d use warm milk instead.

How Do You Take a Weight Gainer With Water or Milk?

A mug of milk and a glass of water at either side of a mass gainer tub

To take a weight gainer with water or milk, you first want to pour the recommended amount of liquid into your shaker bottle, which you can usually find on the back of your mass gainer bag/tub. 

Then, add the recommended amount of powder to the liquid. This is usually given as both a gram amount and as a number of scoops. If you’re tracking your macros, you may want to weigh the powder out for greater accuracy. But if you’re bulking and aren’t consuming a set amount of calories, then you can just measure the powder with the provided scooper.

Next, put your lid on your shaker bottle and ensure that it’s fastened down. Now, finish the job by shaking the mixture vigorously for around 30 seconds.

It’s also possible to mix your mass gainer in a blender, which will ensure that you get a really smooth shake. While less convenient than using a standard shaker bottle, using a blender gives you the chance to boost the nutritional value of your weight gainer by adding other ingredients like berries, peanut butter, and oats.

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The Verdict: Should You Take Mass Gainer With Milk or Water?

A mug of milk and a glass of water side by side

So, should you take your mass gainer with water or milk? If you want a thicker, creamy shake that’s higher in calories, carbs, protein, and fats, then mix your mass gainer with milk. That’s what most hardgainers do.

On the other hand, if you want your weight gainer to have a thinner consistency with just the calories, carbs, protein, and fats specified on the ingredient label of your supplement, mix your weight gainer with water instead of milk. This is useful for those who are on the go and don’t have access to fresh milk.

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Andy Williams
Andy Williams is a UK-based personal trainer and bodybuilder who coaches gym-goers of all levels using proven evidence-based techniques in strength training, nutrition, and supplementation. He’s tested over 70 different mass gainers for their ingredient quality and muscle-building effectiveness and regularly shares his findings in his mass gainer reviews.
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