Most women who workout will know that protein is an important part of nutrition and muscle growth. However, many women avoid adding more into their diet due to a number of protein myths and misconceptions that lurking around the health and fitness world.
Women often want to be leaner at some point, generally believing that less is more when it comes to calories. And yer, not getting enough protein can actually hinder your progress! So we’re here to bust some of those protein myths and explain why this key macronutrient isn’t a bad guy.
Myth Number 1: Protein Will Make Me Bulk Up
Now we hear this one a lot and it’s one of the biggest protein myths out there. Although protein for women has become a much bigger industry in recent years, there is still somewhat of a stigma attached to it, particularly as most male body-builders are so reliant on taking protein supplements to bulk up. Conversely, because women’s hormones and body compositions are entirely different to men’s, the effects of protein are often seen in different ways.
The biggest issue with the ‘bulk up’ theory is that many believers assume that all people are doing to bulk up is taking protein supplements. They don’t take into consideration the actual months – and even years – of dedication to heavy lifting, intense periods of clean eating and an over-consumption of protein that some males go through to gain that sort of competition-level muscle mass.
Gaining muscle is essential in the weight loss process as muscle only takes up the one third of the space that fat does. So, guess what: if it’s not muscle that’s contributing to your body weight, it’s probably fat.
In summary: part of the reason women think eating or taking more protein will bulk them up is that they don’t actually know what protein is used for.
So what are the real benefits of protein for women and why won’t it bulk you up?
- Protein starts the fat burning process directly after a workout
- Reduces carbohydrate cravings
- Repairs muscle damage after exercise
- Helps with muscle soreness after an intense workout
- Increases strength and muscle definition (not bulk!)
Myth Number 2: Protein Only Comes From Meat
This is something many women, particularly vegetarians, sometimes struggle with: they don’t want to eat meat every day (or any day in some cases). There are, however, plenty of sources of protein that don’t involve eating meat, such as:
- Chia Seeds
And one of the most convenient, lowest-calorie and most concentrated ways to up your protein intake is through supplements like IdealFit protein powder. Our whey protein isolate has been designed by women for women and each serving has just 103 calories, 23g of protein and is very low sugar and low carb. Check out some of our best-selling flavours below: