Birmingham gym-goers: Here’s what you should know about protein powders and exercise

Here’s everything you need to know about protein powders – an expert debunks the myths.This is paid for content, readers are encouraged to seek NHS advice before taking any supplements.

Whether you’re training for a marathon, a dedicated gym-goer or just looking to get fitter, there are a few things you should know about diet and exercise.

A new survey from British sports nutrition brand SCI-MX found that people across the country – including here in Birmingham - have many misconceptions about the gym, fitness, bulking and protein. And here SCI-MX's exercise and nutrition expert, Matt Durkin shines a light on the rights and wrongs surrounding these myths.

But first, what did the survey reveal?

Well, a questionnaire commissioned by SCI-MX quizzed over 2,000 people across Britain, and more than a third of those in Birmingham (34%) thought taking protein powder would automatically make them stronger. Whilst almost a quarter (22%) in the city said consuming the supplements would automatically make them bulk up.

“It’s worrying to see there are so many misconceptions when it comes 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. 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

Half of those in Birmingham surveyed said bulking needed excessive calorie consumption, not just protein, and more almost  a third (29%) were not sure. And one in eight thought protein powders were not safe or suitable for women!


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.”

“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.


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