Heading for the gym in Manchester? Here’s what you need to know about protein powders

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How much do you know about protein powders – this expert debunks the myths. This is paid for content, readers are encouraged to seek NHS advice before taking any supplements.

If you think taking protein powders alone will give you strength and bulk up your muscles – think again! Regular gym-goers can’t have failed to notice the popularity of protein powders, shakes and bars – but do people really understand how they work?

According to recent research there are a host of myths and misconceptions – with almost a third of Mancunians (31%) believing consuming protein powder will automatically make them stronger, according to research from British sports nutrition brand SCI-MX.

Can you build muscle without exercise?

The simple answer is no! But the survey, of over 2,000 people across the UK, revealed that in Manchester 17% thought taking protein powders alone would make them bulk up.

“For anyone that is hoping to build muscle and strength, it’s crucial to have a high-protein diet. However, unless you pair it with exercise, you’re unlikely to build muscle.”

Matt Durkin

Is it safe? The research also showed that in Manchester, around one in nine thought protein powder wasn’t safe and suitable for women interested in increasing their strength, nearly half (49%) said bulking requires excessive calorie consumption, not just protein, whilst more than a third (37%) were not sure. 

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Matt said it was “worrying” to see there were so many misconceptions when it came to protein powders and supplements.

“It can be very confusing to understand how protein supplements work and what’s best for your own goals, so doing your research is really important.”

Matt continued: “There are many myths around protein powders automatically making people bulk up, and this is inaccurate. Bulking may mean different things to different people, but it is the muscle-gaining phase. Eating more calories than your normal diet with an increase in protein does play a key part in bulking; however, eating excessive calories daily can lead to unhealthy weight gain; there is a balance.”

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“The goal is to use the additional calories to build muscle, whilst performing regular strength training to stimulate muscle growth.”

Find out more

Whether you’re just starting out on your fitness journey, or you’re looking for ways to enhance your workout, visit the SCI-MX website for advice and guidance on how incorporating protein into your diet can help increase strength.