Food & Nutrition

Low calorie protein powder – muscle gain without the weight gain

Published by Finn Hayden

If you're serious about building muscle, you need to consume more protein - research indicates that about 1.5g of protein per kilogram of body weight is about ideal. Getting that amount of protein from your food is tough, which is exactly why so many people choose to use a protein powder. However, the issue with so many protein powders on the market is that they're packed with calories and fat, meaning yes they help you build muscle, but they also help you put on weight which isn't muscle.

Luckily, there are lots of excellent low-calorie protein powders out there which contain good amounts of protein, without loads of calories. We thought it would be useful to round up the best low calorie protein powders that we've found available to buy here in the UK, let's get into the list:

PhD Diet Whey - 365kcal per 100g

We've been seriously impressed with the range of protein powders from PhD, and think that they are probably the go-to brand when it comes to a low calorie protein powder. The Diet Whey protein powder from PhD was one of the lowest calorie protein powders we could find, at just 365kcal per 100g. But what's great about this product is that consuming fewer calories doesn't mean that you have to compromise on the amount of protein you get from the powder, because 100g of Diet Whey contains 68g of protein. Learn more and buy it here - amazon.co.uk

PHD Diet Whey

PE Nutrition Protein Powder - 332kcal per 100g

PE Nutrition is actually a brand owned by Holland & Barrett, and it currently can only be bought at their shops. Despite being an exclusive and relatively new brand, we're already super impressed with PE Nutrition - each bag of the 'Simply Whey Protein' from this brand contains 68g of protein and just 332kcal per 100g. This makes this protein powder a great low calorie option for anyone looking to build muscle without putting on too much weight.

PE Nutrition

And at £20 per 600g bag, it's also very well-priced. Learn more and buy it here - hollandandbarrett.com

VOW Nutrition Elite Whey - 387kcal per 100g

VOW Nutrition is a brand that is perhaps best known for producing an excellent range of creatine chews, but we've been really impressed with the protein powder produced by this brand too. The Elite Whey from VOW Nutrition contains just 387kcal per 100g, and a whopping 79g of protein per 100g. If you're looking for a low-calorie protein powder which is packed with protein, this is a great option. Learn more and buy it here - amazon.co.uk

VOW Elite Whey

PhD Smart Protein - 380kcal per 100g

This is the second protein powder from this brand that we've included in our list because the team at PhD really knows what they're doing when it comes to creating excellent low-calorie protein powder. With just 380kcal and 59g of protein per 100g, this powder strikes the perfect balance between a good amount of protein and keeping the calories on the low side. We also thought the Salted Caramel flavour that we tried was totally delicious. Learn more and buy it here - sainsburys.co.uk

PHD Smart Protein

The Slender Blend by Protein World - 375kcal per 100g

As you can see, we picked up this protein powder for very little at our local Holland & Barrett as it was reduced to clear! This protein powder only contains 375kcal per 100g, plus it contains no added sugar and has 58g of protein per 100g. As for the taste, we really liked it - not too sweet but sweet enough that it really doesn't taste like it is low in calories or contains no added sugar. Learn more and buy it here - boots.com

The Slender Blend protein powder

USN Diet Fuel Ultralean Meal Replacement - 370kcal per 100g

USN is a protein supplements brand that is pretty big in the USA but is slowly growing a following here in the UK too. Products like their Diet Fuel Ultralean protein powder are helping the brand to gain a reputation as being a great option for low-calorie, high-protein products. This product contains 46g of protein and 370kcal per 100g, making it ideal to consume if you're trying to build muscle but stay lean. Learn more and buy it here - tesco.com

USN Diet Fuel

Hopefully, the above list helps you find a low-calorie protein powder which can fit your macros and help you to get lean. Let us know in the comments if you've tried any of these or if you have any other suggestions for our team!

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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