Can protein powders make you stronger? Busting the myths on exercise and nutrition in Lancashire

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Resent research showed almost a third of people in the North West thought taking protein powders alone could build muscles – but they’re wrong.This is paid for content, readers are encouraged to seek NHS advice before taking any supplements.

As we discovered talking to a nutrition and exercise expert for a leading sports supplement brand, there are many misunderstandings around diet and exercise.

As Lancastrians head to the gym, his advice should prove food for thought, as he busts the myths around this topic and explains how protein powder supplements could help you get the body you want.

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Survey results

Matt Durkin is an exercise and nutrition expert with SCI-MX, which commissioned a survey across Britain to test their views on weight training, building muscle and protein powders.

Almost half (49%) in the North West thought that bulking up required excessive calorie consumption, not just protein, and more than a third were not sure. 

The survey showed 32% thought consuming protein powder would make them stronger, but 16% thought it would automatically make them bulk up.

The survey also showed one in eight in the region thought protein powder wasn’t safe or suitable for women interested in increasing their strength.

Exercise and nutrition expert

Matt said it was worrying to see so many misconceptions when it came to protein powders and supplements. But he said he understood why it was confusing.

“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. 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

Matt went on to say: “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.”

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

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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.