Protein shakes make women bulky, or do they?

Protein shake and protein myths

#1 Women will get “bulky” or bulk up on protein shakes

It seems to be a common misconception that protein will give women big shoulders and big oversized arms. Believe it or not, this is far from the truth! To gain even a little bit of muscle, one would need to have a specific weight training program as well as eat in a calorie surplus. Protein shakes simply add to your daily protein intake so compare it to eating chicken breasts or eggs. The function of protein among many is to repair and build the bodies tissue when exercising daily.

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#2 You need a protein shake immediately after a workout

This is one of my favourite myths, drinking a protein shake within 30 minutes of your workout. If you are a professional athlete you may benefit from this after an intense workout but for your average gym-goer, it is not necessary. Research shows that the timing in which you drink a protein shake makes no difference, as long as you are getting the required amount of protein needed throughout the day. The amount of protein for women should be about 10-35% of your daily calorie intake.

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#3 You can only absorb 30g of protein at a time

Where there have been many studies done, it differs from person to person and the physical activity they are doing. Many factors may influence how your body digests and process nutrients, individuals body composition and metabolic rate. If you eat more protein than your daily recommended amount, it may take longer to digest but it will be used by the body and won’t go to waste.


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Dylan & Cassidy
Dylan & Cassidy

Health Editors

Dylan and Cassidy both have a passion for health and fitness. Cassidy is a qualified personal trainer and a competitive bodybuilder. Dylan is sponsored by several fitness brands such a NutriTech and Dranged. You can find Dylan on TV where he has starred in Getroud Met Rugby and has had some film roles as well.

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