Protein product review
SEPTEMBER 17th, 2020 | *ADVERTISEMENT
9.5 / 10
Gainful is a totally unique protein company that’s skyrocketed in popularity over the past few years. We have been so excited to try out this company’s products. I mean, who else tailors a personal protein powder blend based on a quiz, AND gives you unlimited access to a registered dietician? The personalization factor of this protein powder company is totally innovative and has the potential to make their protein more accessible to those with dietary restrictions or those that simply don’t know where to start. Are all of these advantages worth the cost, though? It sounds too good to be true, so as protein powder enthusiasts and certified skeptics, we had to dive into the nitty-gritty of this new company. Let’s see what Gainful has to offer…
At a first glance, Gainful is already different from any other protein powder company that’s ever been created because of their quiz that formulates your own personalized protein powder blend based on your answers. The questions range from general to super specific; like height and weight, to how many hours of sleep you get a night and any dietary restrictions you might have. The quiz is great because it gets a lot of important information about your habits and goals, but only takes a couple minutes to complete.
After the quiz, you immediately get to see the blend that Gainful has created for you. It shows the percentage of each component in your mix, as well as what each of those components is good for. And since each blend is catered to your individual needs, the quiz results also give you the benefits that your entire blend provides. Having a personalized blend is great for me and my SO since we have different health and fitness goals. I’m trying to lose weight but stay toned, so my blend contains fewer calories and more slow-releasing fuel, while my SO’s has more calories and quick-fueling components, since he is trying to gain muscle.
If, for whatever reason, you don’t like the blend they gave you, on this same page you can switch up your blend. Want to go back and change one of your quiz answers so that it’s more accurate? You can do that. Want more protein or stevia in the blend? You can do that too. In the following steps, you get to pick your flavor boosts, add some extra goodies onto your order like their pre-workout and blender bottles, and add your billing and shipping info.
This quiz is seriously game-changing. It cuts out the time and effort that goes into research of different protein powder companies and products, and that exhaustive process of trial-and-error which, most of the time, leads to a lot of wasted time, money, and powder. The quiz makes diving into the world of protein powder so much more accessible and successful to beginners and experts alike.
Along with its personalized protein powder model, Gainful also solves a huge problem that we, and many other enthusiasts, have. My biggest gripe with protein powders is having to stick with the same flavor for an entire container of product. I get sick of flavors so fast, and it honestly can make me neglect my powder altogether, making me waste money and product.
This problem is all but solved by Gainful. When you order your protein powder, you get to pick up to 4 of 6 different “Flavor Boosts” to add to your personalized powder blend. Between the two of us, we did get to try all 6 flavors, and our personal favorites were Rich Cocoa, Strawberry Milkshake, and Cookies N Cream. While these flavors aren’t crazy-original, I thought that they blended well into shakes and dissolved really smoothly into just water or milk. Gainful protein powder is, hands-down, the best-tasting protein supplement that we have ever tasted, and between me and my SO, we have tried quite a few.
I’m looking forward to being able to have a choice between 4 different flavors of protein shakes, all with the same benefits for my health and fitness goals.
I think you can tell a lot about a company based on how they treat their customers. All we can say about Gainful is that their customer service made us feel like part of a family; they looked out for us and made sure we were happy. In Gainful’s eyes, we weren’t just a money-grab, but were new members of their community!
There is an IM chat feature that pops up on your screen a few seconds after being on Gainful’s page, and immediately customer service is available to communicate. We love that Gainful came to us, rather than us having to go out of our way to reach out to them. Out of curiosity, I
messaged in the chat a few times to see if it was an actual person responding and not just a bot. It definitely was a real person on the other side of the screen, and not only were they quick to respond but they were super knowledgeable about all things health and fitness, not just about their product. We thought this chat feature was really helpful, but even if IM isn’t your thing, you can email or call them, and they will be just as helpful there.
Gainful yet again impressed us when my SO realized that the first blend that he received wasn’t exactly what he expected. We emailed Gainful, asking what the next steps would be for changing the formula up, they told us about their Happiness Guarantee, and said they would send us a new, full-size blend totally free! I don’t think a more positive experience could have been had with Gainful, they seriously did an incredible job.
Nope! One of our favorite parts of Gainful is that when you purchase a blend from them, you immediately get unlimited access to an on-staff Registered Dietician (RD). I know when I first started, protein powders, let alone the whole world of health and fitness, felt confusing and intimidating, with what seemed like a lot of conflicting information. My SO actually did have a few sessions with an RD when he first started on his journey years ago, but they billed him $100 an hour, just to get a consultation and some questions answered!
Gainful does it again and solves this problem, too.
We were thinking about all of the applications that this feature has to offer a few days after ordering, and realized that having an RD at your disposal is great for beginners and experienced people alike. The great thing about your Gainful RD is that you can ask ANY question related to health and fitness, it doesn’t just have to be about protein powder. I was so excited to ask about my RD about the kinds and proportions of macronutrients that I should be consuming outside of just my protein powder to reach my fitness goals, and I finally got a definite answer from a certified practitioner. I can’t wait to talk to my RD later down the road and get an answer fast instead of having to do a Google Deep-dive through 20 different webpages to maybe find what I’m looking for.
I personally hate it when I feel like I have to have a chemistry degree in order to pronounce the ingredients in my food, especially my protein powder. Luckily, this isn’t a problem with Gainful. You can pronounce and recognize every ingredient, which is clearly listed on the label. With my and my SO’s combined experience, we know every ingredient in our Gainful blends is natural and backed by science so that it not only provides results but is actually good for you, too. It also says on their website that their ingredients are sourced from the highest-quality and cleanest locations, so we feel confident and safe putting them into our bodies.
I’ve used my fair share of protein supplements that use “proprietary blends” so I don’t even know what is in my powder. With the number of harmful chemicals and allergens out there, it’s super important to me to know exactly what is going in my body.
Speaking of allergens, soy is an extremely pervasive one with a slew of reasons that it should be avoided. It can cause thyroid damage and breast cancer in women, and erectile dysfuction or gynecomastia in men. Good news, though: there is no soy present in any Gainful product. Just another way that they have come to the table and impressed us.
Gainful is an extremely innovative and revolutionary brand, full of new ideas and practices. The only disadvantage that we can find with them is that they are the most expensive company on the list. Since it is primarily on online service, you have extra shipping costs, and the formulas are generally just more expensive per serving.
However, if you can spare the money to pay for Gainful, we totally recommend that you do. The price is absolutely worth it, in our opinion. For a couple of extra bucks, you get a blend that was formulated entirely for you, with clean, natural ingredients, and customizable, delicious flavors. Despite these advantages, the unlimited and instant access to an RD is a game-changer, as it is included with your purchase for no extra cost. And, on top of that, your protein powder is delivered to your doorstep! No more running out of your powder mid-week and having to do an extra errand to get some more.
All in all, Gainful has some really innovative features that actually deliver. The quiz is thorough but quick, and the concept of a personalized protein blend is totally unique. Being able to switch up my powder flavors every day and having access to a Registered Dietician whenever I want is game-changing. Overall, I am very impressed with this company and would recommend them to anyone trying to actually achieve their goals with Protein Powder.
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