How To Make Your Own Weight Gainer Powder

Homemade Mix Weight Gain Powder Ingredients
It's so easy to make your own homemade, customized weight gainer powder shake with ingredients you probably already have at home.

I've tried a lot of different ready made powders but I think the below recipe makes the best weight gainer powder to build muscle and strength. Check out the label of any mass or weight gainer powder, these are the base ingredients...


  • Maltodextrin or Waxy Maize (Carbohydrate Powder): Most supplement stores will carry these. I buy mine in bulk from Canadian Protein to save money.
  • Whey Protein Powder: Any kind and flavour you like will do. To make a naturally flavoured protein powder, check out this guide.

That's it! I usually go 80-100g carbs and 50-60g protein per shake. Check the label and match it up with how many scoops needed to meet those macros. If you don't know how much food (carbs/protein/fats) you should be eating a day to get huge, check out this guide.


  1. Add water into your shaker cup or blender. Amount depends on how much powder you're planning to use.
  2. Add your protein powder first.
  3. Add the carb powder on top of the protein powder. This will avoid any possible clumping.
  4. Shake or blend that shit up.
  5. Get heeeeyoooge.

Here's a short video demo.

Tip: Sometimes the unflavoured maltodextrin or waxy maize can dilute the flavour of the protein powder. When that happens, I mix in a little bit of chocolate syrup, or sugar, or pure cocoa.

I use a weight gain powder after training to tide me over for an hour until I get some real food in me. It also helps speed up my recovery.

I didn't like how the ready-made weight gainer powders had a low protein-to-carbohydrates ratio. There would be 75 grams of carbs to 19 grams of protein, for example. I like to get in around 50 grams of protein per meal or shake, but I don't want to drink 200 grams of simple carbs in the process. Not even trying to catch diabetes here.

Related Article: Bulking on a Budget : Part 1

Words by Dan Profane

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Butch said...

Dan, I use or stack varies types of proteins, depending on the time of day, which have bulked me up beautifully.

I know most people use whey; but whey is fast-acting, that is, your body processes it rapidly. It is in and out of your system in no time! This is good for right before or after a workout, not so good throughout the rest of the day or before bedtime when you need a slow-acting one.

Egg protein is medium-acting, so it's good for days you're not hitting the gym or times during the day long before or long after the gym. It will keep your body in a good constant supply of protein in addition to your normal diet.

Casein, which is milk protein, is slow-acting. The majority of muscle repairing and rebuilding takes place during sleep. For optimal muscle recovery, the body needs a constant supply of nutrients, and most importantly, protein. When taken before bed, whey protein will be absorbed within about 45 mins, leaving the body without a protein source for up to 8 hours! On the other hand, casein will provide the body with a protein source for up to 7 hours, greatly reducing muscle catabolism.

As far as stacking goes, I sometimes combine a bit of casein with the whey if I know it's going to be a while before I get my next meal AFTER a workout. The whey immediately replenishes the lost protein while the casein sustains me with a long supply of protein until I can eat. I usually use a mix of half whey/half casein, and I always mix all my powders with milk.

Talking about taste, Optimum Nutrition makes a casein that's Chocolate Peanut Butter. Oh, man! It's like drinking a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup!

Dan said...

I totally agree on the slow and fast-acting proteins. I haven't used a casein in a few years but I'm going to have to try out that Chocolate Peanut Butter by ON now!