There is a hype on the internet over quiet popular and cheap method of gaining weight called GOMAD. People are advised to follow this ‘diet’ if you can call this a diet and perform strength training routine along with it. We will try to figure out whether this method is good or bad, is it worth trying and what can we expect from it.
What is GOMAD?
GOMAD stands for Gallon Of Milk A Day. I know that it sounds insane but it is apparently a great method of gaining weight fast. It guarantees that you will put on minimum 20 lbs (about 10 kg) in a month.
This method isn’t actually brand new because this is how old time bodybuilders and weight-lifters gained weight cheap and fast. Their ‘trick’ was to drink much milk and do lots of squats; and it worked.
As you can guess you have to drink US gallon (nearly 4 litres) of milk every day on top of yournormal food. What means that you eat as usual but drink milk between your meals and along with them.
It has to be whole milk (full fat – 3.2%). You can’t use skimmed or semi-skimmed milk. It’s because full-fat milk has more calories and nutrients in it.
The problem with GOMAD
I posted an article before about milk in bodybuilding so you can read more about this product if you want. However to cut the long story short there are few problems with GOMAD:
1. Lactose digestion
Not everybody can digest lactose – carbohydrates in milk. For this reason drinking so much of this product can cause:
- Fat gain,
- Acne (spots),
- Digestive problems (farting, constipation).
Some people bypass this problem by buying lactase enzymes in a form of pills.
2. Too many calories
Gallon of milk contains around 2500 calories. To gain weight we need to consume only extra 500 up to 1000 above maintenance level. It means that if we eat usually around 2500 calories every day and we are not putting on and not losing weight (staying the same) we need to eat around 3000-3500 kcals (total) to gain weight. With 4 litres of milk it gives us 5000 kcal total!
Too many calories in our diet will cause fat gain. Additional calories will not turn into muscles, they will make us fat.
To give you an example imagine that you have a glass nearly full of water. To make it overflow (weight gain) you need to top it up only with a quarter or half a glass of water. You don’t need to pour full glass on top of it. Too much water will cause a mess (fat).
Human body isn’t able to build so much muscle at the time; too many calories will cause fat gain what doesn’t look attractive.
Advantages of GOMAD
Gomad ‘diet’ has also few advantages.
Milk has load of nutrients. US gallon of it provides us with about:
- 180g of Carbs,
- 120g of Protein,
- 120g of Fat,
- 2400 Calories.
Besides it contains many vitamins and minerals essential for our well-being.
2. Price, simplicity and speed
Another advantage of GOMAD is that this method is cheap, fast and very simple to follow. All you have to do is divide gallon into 4 or five equal portions and drink it during the day. However you have to eat your usual meals – you can’t use milk as a substitute.
You won’t have to wait for results very long. Weight gain with GOMAD is usually very fast.
Is GOMAD good or bad
In my opinion GOMAD is a bad idea; however it depends also from individual. Some people can’t digest lactose some people love milk and digest it without any problems at all.
If you are able to digest lactose or milk agrees with you – doesn’t give you strange side effects; you can try this method. It might work for you. However I don’t believe that anybody needs so much milk to gain weight. At the end of a day such amounts will make most of people fat.
If you decide to give it a go start from drinking quarter of a gallon a day for a week or two and check if you are gaining weight. If you do there’s no point to drink any more. If it’s not enough try half a gallon for another week. This should make you grow. I don’t think you will need to drink full gallon unless you are very-hard-gainer. There’s no point to do that. Of course watch-out for side effects.
Theoretically milk has a great potential in building muscle mass however excess of it will cause too much fat around body, under the skin. It will ‘cover’ your muscles what will destroy aesthetic look of your physique. You will not look muscular, you will look fat. Nobody wants it. It takes months of dieting and hard training to burn it off. It’s not worth it.
I believe drinking gallon of milk a day is crazy. It can do more harm than good especially only with strength training where working sets are shorter and volume is much lower than muscle building routines. Generally we don’t use as many carbohydrates or burn as many calories during this type of training.
However for any hard-gainer or anybody who struggles to gain weight GOMAD can be lifesaving; but as I stated above you don’t need whole gallon of it. Try a quarter or half of it each day preferably during one of muscle mass building workouts. Take measurements of your body parts each week, weight yourself and watch out if you’re not putting on too much fat instead of muscle.