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Here at Gymshark Central, we talk a lot about protein supplements, but what about women and their protein intake?
Does whey protein make women bulky? Is there actually a difference or is whey protein tailored towards women merely a smart marketing strategy?
It’s time to bust some myths when it comes to women and whey.
Myth 1: Whey protein will make women bulky
Perhaps the most common myth associated with women and protein. Whey protein will not make women bulky.
Put simply, women physically do not have enough testosterone to ‘bulk up’, and whey protein does not interfere with these levels. So, there’s nothing to worry about there!
Myth 2: Women don’t benefit from whey protein
It is generally believed that women don’t really benefit from whey protein in the same ways as men do.
However, a pretty substantial study conducted last year by Purdue University revealed that women do benefit from whey protein when it is taken alongside performing regular exercise.
Myth 3: Women should only have protein designed for women
Female specific protein powders tend to be mixed to contain vitamins and minerals that the National Institutes of Health recommend that women need more of than men, for example, folic acid and vitamin B6, which helps with growth in females.
In theory, therefore, there is nothing wrong with female-specific whey protein.
However, apart from these slight differences in the formula, whey that has been designed for men and whey that has been designed for women is essentially the same, and they are completely safe for women to use.
Myth 4: Whey protein will make you gain weight
Just as with everything else, when taken in moderation, whey protein will not make you gain fat – in fact, it could actually help you to lose fat by reducing cravings for sugary foods and promoting lean muscle mass.
It is only when you are in a calorie excess that you will find yourself gaining weight.
Myth 5: Women never need as much protein as men
We’re not saying that gender does not impact your protein requirements as it certainly does.
However, your activity level must also be taken into account. An active female may need more protein than a male regardless of her gender.
This may, therefore, mean that whey protein is a great way to supplement a female’s diet.
There are lots of myths when it comes to women and whey. In reality, whether you take whey protein or not and which whey protein you opt for has more to do with your fitness goals than it does your gender.