Protein Supplements: Debunking The Top Myths

Protein shakes, powders, bars, and pills have all become the new normal for people looking to get in shape. 

Ishaan Arora
Written by: Ishaan AroraUpdated at: Feb 14, 2023 15:47 IST
Protein Supplements: Debunking The Top Myths

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When it comes to supplements, people always associate them with big muscles and bodybuilders, but now more and more supplements are being used by people as a regular part of their daily diet. Protein shakes, powders, bars, and pills have all become the new normal for people looking to get in shape, and the surprising fact is that there is no shortage of supplements. However, as the popularity of these supplements has grown, so have the myths and misconceptions about their usage. These misconceptions have resulted in confusion and poor supplement decisions. So, if you're about to embark on a transformation or are looking to get in shape, avoid these protein fads.

Myths about protein supplements are enlisted below:

1) Protein Is Unnatural

Many people believe that because whey protein comes in a packaged box and is on the expensive side, it is not natural. However, the primary ingredient in all whey proteins is milk. When milk is processed to make cheese, the byproduct or liquid residue that is formed is known as whey. To make it more accessible, the liquid residue goes through several processing and filtration steps before forming the powder, which is why it comes in a box.

2) Exercise Equals Protein

Protein is a nutrient that we cannot live without. Protein is found in every cell of our body. It is used to build and repair tissues, as a source of energy, and in the production of hormones and enzymes. Similarly, when you exercise, your body's protein demand increases, which is why it is recommended that you consume protein for better recovery and growth. However, drinking whey protein is not required; if you can get protein from your diet, that is best. 

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3) Protein Makes Women Bulky

Protein, like carbs and fats, is a macronutrient. No matter how much protein women consume, they can never get bulky because muscle building requires testosterone, which is a male sex hormone that women's body lack. However, if a woman exercises on a daily basis, consuming protein increases the release of hormones that reduce appetite and increase satiety, making her feel fuller and less likely to snack. Whey protein supplementation also aids in the preservation of muscle during weight loss, which also helps boost metabolism.

4) Causes Allergy

A person develops an allergy only when they are allergic to a specific food. Similarly, the primary ingredient in whey is milk, and whey protein can only be harmful if you have difficulty digesting milk or are lactose intolerant. Moreover, the majority of allergies are caused either by consuming expired whey protein or a duplicate product. So, the next time you buy whey, keep all these things in mind.

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5) Make You Gain Weight

A person can only gain weight if they consume a calorie surplus, and a scoop of whey contains only 130 calories. Even if you consume three scoops per day, you will only get 400 calories, which is nothing. Protein, on the other hand, helps you stay fuller for longer, lowering your chances of overeating and bingeing.

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