Debunking the myths around protein powder, exercise and the gym

There are many misconceptions when it comes to fitness, the gym and the use of protein powders.This is paid for content, readers are encouraged to seek NHS advice before taking any supplements.

More than a fifth (22%) of those living in Scotland believe consuming protein powder alone will make them stronger, according to research from SCI-MX. The research revealed:


-      22% of Scots believe consuming protein powder will make them stronger. 

-      16% think consuming protein powder will automatically make them bulk up


The new survey from the British sports nutrition brand found that Brits have many misconceptions about the gym, fitness, bulking and protein. In fact, the data reveals one in seven (13%) of those living in Scotland believe that protein powder isn’t safe and suitable for women interested in increasing their strength, while almost a fifth (16%) of Scots think consuming protein powder alone will automatically make them bulk up.


Debunking the myths

With this in mind, SCI-MX's exercise and nutrition expert, Matt Durkin shines a light on the rights and wrongs surrounding these myths.

“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

Among those surveyed in Scotland, more than half (53%) said bulking requires excessive calorie consumption, not just protein, and more than a third were not sure. 

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.”


About SCI-MX

Whatever your fitness goal, SCI-MX can supply you with supplements and protein to succeed – from adding lean muscle mass or pre workout for physique development to staying fit and healthy. SCI-MX stocks a wealth of premium quality sports nutrition supplements at fantastic prices.

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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