What you should know about protein powders and supplements as part of an exercise regime

Whether you’re a committed fitness fanatic or new to the gym, here’s some things you need to know about protein powdersThis is paid for content, readers are encouraged to seek NHS advice before taking any supplements.

Contrary to what some people believe, you can’t build muscle using protein powders alone.

With so many misconceptions about, we asked exercise and nutrition expert, Matt Durkin, to shine a light on the rights and wrongs surrounding these myths.

He explained that a careful balance of diet and exercise, and understanding the role protein plays in building muscle-mass, could make all the difference to your training success.

In Sheffield, over a quarter of people thought consuming protein powder would automatically make them stronger, according to research from SCI-MX.

The British sports nutrition and supplement company quizzed over 2,000 people across Britain to get their views on various aspects of working out and taking supplements.


Survey results in Sheffield

-  26% of people in Sheffield thought taking protein powder alone would make them stronger. 

-  22% in the city thought taking protein powder would automatically make them bulk up

-  One in nine thought protein powder was unsafe or unsuitable for women interested in increasing their strength

- Over a third (39%) of those in the city said bulking requires excessive calorie consumption, not just protein, and 38 per cent were not sure. 

The survey answers, Matt said, revealed a lot of misunderstandings.

“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

Make calories count

He 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

SCI-MX stocks a wealth of premium quality sports nutrition supplements at fantastic prices. It is one of the many brands owned and operated by Supreme PLC. Supreme is Europe’s leading supplier, manufacturer, and distributor of fast-moving consumer goods, with leading brands in wellness, sports nutrition, and everyday household products.

Whether you’re at the beginning of 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.