You know you're serious about your fitness regime when you find yourself pausing in front of the large tubs of protein powder in the health food store, weighing up whether you should splash out. Protein powder is a very valuable thing to keep in your pantry if you're trying to build and develop muscle definition. But whether it's the big tubs or the white powder, there's a still a stigma around consuming protein powder. It like it possesses some magical powers.
Respect to fitness guruJordan Syatt for putting a few myths to bed with protein powder with a tweet today:
Protein Powder Basics for Muggles
1) Protein powder isn’t a drug. You don’t “do” protein.
2) Protein powder doesn’t make you bulky.
3) Protein powder isn’t dangerous.
4) Protein powder in a locked glass case in the back of GNC is not more effective.
— Jordan Syatt (@SyattFitness) June 25, 2019
Protein powder is not a magical mystery drug for fitness. It's not a six pack in a plastic tub. It's a proven diet staple for many truly jacked people but protein powder (or whey powder) is not essential for building muscle. Nor will you inherit outrageous muscles simply by consuming a few shakes.
And, most importantly, as Syett points out, buying the most obscure and expensive protein will not make much of a difference to the biceps you're looking to develop.
At its best, protein powder can be a very useful complement to a healthy diet and regular workout plan. Unlike Nike, don't 'do' it.