Universal Nutrition Real Gains Weight Gainer Review

Real Gains is almost a household name

  • A high-tier calorie dense weight gainer supplement
  • Eighty-five percent protein potency blend from milk-based proteins.
  • 52 g of protein and 84 g of carbohydrates per serving (3.5 Scoops)
  • Up to six types of flavors based on bag size
  • Utilizes flaxseed powder to increase soluble fiber consumption
  • 600 Calories & 45 Calories from Fat per serving
  • Honorary mention in our best mass gainer list by ASCVS

U.N Real Gains Weight Gainer - What's The Lowdown?

Universal Nutrition takes a different approach to gain massive size. With the additional fiber in the mix to help digestion and promote a healthy gut. Additionally, U.N believes that most of the options on the market have too much fat. That's why U.N decided to produce one of the most low-fat powders on the market.

Utilizing some of the best milk-based protein powder available, they are cornering the market. Isolates that contain a high amino acid profile and easy consistency for digestion makes this protein an easy YES.

Universal Nutrition Real Gains contains the following components:

  • Maltodextrin
  • Ultra Filtrated Whey Concentrate
  • Micellar Casein
  • Whey Protein Isolate (85% protein efficiency)
  • Dutch Processed Cocoa
  • Inulin
  • MCT
  • Calcium Caseinate (Otherwise known as Casein)
  • Natural and Artificial Flavors
  • Soy Lecithin
  • Sodium Chloride
  • Flaxseed Powder (Additional fiber & promotes digestion)
  • Sucralose
  • Acesulfame K

How to (and when) take real gains protein

The best way to prep the protein powder is by a standard size shake (20 fl oz). Here's the problem, the less water you use, the more chunky the shake will be. With enough water, you will not have clumpy powder, and you can just shake your bottle instead of blending it. I would suggest adding half milk and half water to your mix.

If you decide to drink an entire serving of the protein mix, I suggest doing it at peak metabolic processing times. If you're finishing up the gym (up to 3 hours after) or a cardio session, this is the best time to take the shake. I would not advise taking the shake right after a whole food meal. The amount of calories in a shake is double the average calories in a whole foods meal.


More and more, I find myself suggesting the Universal Nutrition Real Gains protein for two reasons:

Real Gains is easily accessible if you enter and GNC or hole-in-the-wall supplement shop, you will probably see this brand. I am not sure how much of the market share U.N holds but it must be enough to be one of the most popular protein powders on the market.

The Fiber Factor, many of us bodybuilders and athletes, neglect to add more fiber to our diets. This can be very detrimental when you are bulking because much of the food you are consuming will be slow to digest and the fiber is also essential for healthy bowel movements and nutrient absorption.

A full serving of the protein powder is only 8% of your daily suggested soluble fiber. That number may be small, but in comparison to the competition, 8% is more than double what most other supplements offer.

Is universal nutrition safe? - Precautions

If you're joe schmo and looking to get big QUICK in the gym, here's my suggestion. Don't. Many people seek out weight gainers because they want to cheat their way up to 200 lbs of muscle. Unfortunately, our bodies aren't capable of merely amassing that much muscle that quickly (even with drugs). What happens instead is that you "dirty bulk" on another 40 lbs and 15% more body fat. This becomes quickly noticeable when your strength gainz are minimal, and your belly is popping out.

If you are looking for a healthier meal replacement or something to add to your diet that is easier to consume than a whole food meal, I would suggest this supplement. Don't be afraid to take half or even a quarter of the advertised serving. I personally only take 1/4th of the serving for my mass gainer (Mutant Mass).

Type of Flavors and Serving Sizes

Theirs more than the usual amount of flavors for Real Gains. I've counted a total of 6 types of flavors that I will list below:

  1. Banana Ice Cream 
  2. Chocolate Ice Cream 
  3. Chocolate Mint - 2nd rated
  4. Cookies & Cream 
  5. Strawberry Ice Cream 
  6. Vanilla Ice Cream - Top Rated

Surprisingly enough, despite some of the more creative flavors available it seems the most popular taste is Vanilla Ice Cream. It would seem pretty vanilla (get it?) to choose that over banana but with the ability to use vanilla ice cream as a base and add your flavors, you get more opportunities to mix up your flavor palette.

The second most popular flavor is the Chocolate Mint, this is actually my favorite flavor as well. It lacks any chalky taste, and I did not taste any chemical aftertaste either. I've always been a big fan of chocolate flavors, and this one is one of the best I've tasted out of my extensive protein testing.

Quality Score - 7/10

Efficiency Score

The packaging is the basic high contrast big muscles packaging you will find in any other protein supplement. Theirs's not much pseudoscience plastered on the labels like some other brands.

You will find a scoop (not generally on top) in the bag, and the container or bucket itself is reasonably stable.

Let me be straightforward with this. Whey Protein Isolate is by far one of the most convenient forms of protein supplementation on the market. Are their better forms of protein? Yes, such as Whey protein hydrolysate but that isn't something you can easily find at a GNC.

  • Taste / Composition / Mixability - 9th para
  • Taste 1/10 I'd say is a solid 7
  • Composition 1/10 I'd say is a solid 8
  • Mixability 1/10 for the Vanilla Ice Cream is a solid 9

Is this protein worth it? Or should you just drink chocolate milk?

If you consider yourself any sort of athlete or even someone looking to gain weight, I would suggest a mass gainer. I wrote an article about the benefits of taking a mass gainer as a meal replacement. Just based on the price alone for U.N supplements, it's worth the money.

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