Picking up a Cyber Monday protein powder bargain is far from difficult. But not all protein is created equal. The temptation to buy the biggest, cheapest tub out there may seem like the most cost-effective idea, especially when brands like Myprotein (opens in new tab) and PhD (opens in new tab) are offering 50% and above discounts, but if you spend the next few months chugging down poor-quality ingredients you may as well have not bothered and saved yourself the money.
Years of weightlifting, running and attempting to stay lean has taught me that there’s more to the best protein powders than the grams per serving. It’s no secret that getting your protein from food is better than relying on supplements, but if you have to top up your diet with protein powder, make sure you invest in the stuff that’s worth your hard-earned money.
The quality of protein powder isn’t just down to the protein itself, but the other ingredients that are added in. Many brands bulk out their products with
refined sugars, artificial sweeteners and flavourings, which may make it taste more pleasant, but aren’t going to do your training plan any good. It’s also a good idea to go for whey isolate over whey concentrate, as the process to create isolate removes unnecessary ingredients, like fat or sugars.
Here are some of the best value Cyber Monday deals on protein powders if you want quality over quantity, which, if you’re planning on making big improvements in the gym, is the way to go.
PhD Diet Whey Protein 1kg – Save 50%, Now £15.99
Unless you’re trying to bulk up, or you’re lacking sufficient energy to train through your diet, you should be looking to buy protein powder that contains the lowest amount of calories possible. PhD’s Diet Whey Protein contains 17g of protein per serving, but only has 91 calories. That may be slightly short of the 21g of protein most supplements aim for, but it’s a good trade-off for the significant drop in unnecessary calories. The powder is reduced by 50% in the Cyber Monday sale, and if you spend over £55 you can get another 10% off with the code CYBER10.
Buy from PhD (opens in new tab) | £15.99 (RRP £31.99)
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Maximuscle Cyclone All-In-One 1.2kg – Save 40%, Now £21
Cyclone All-In-One protein powder has long been one of the go-to options for people that want to make the best of their training. As the name suggests, there’s a lot more packed into this than what you’ll get in a standard protein powder. Each serving will give you 31g of protein made up of whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate and whey protein hydrolysate, as well as 5g of creatine monohydrate.
Buy from Maximuscle (opens in new tab) | £21 (RRP £35)
Myprotein Clear Whey Isolate (20 servings) – Save 48% With Code CYBER, Now £14.08
Myprotein’s Clear Whey Isolate may be a bit on the expensive side, but there’s a reason for that. The powder is made from hydrolysed whey protein isolate which is absorbed more easily by the body. It’s also one of the lowest calorie options we’ve seen. Each serving is just 84 calories, even though you’re getting 20g of protein.
Buy from Myprotein (opens in new tab) | £14.08 (RRP £26.99)
Bulk Natural Pure Whey Isolate 1kg – Save 40%, Now £20.99
Natural protein powders do tend to come with a higher price tag, so stocking up during the sales is a great opportunity to avoid the additives often found in cheaper alternatives. This Natural Pure Whey Isolate from Bulk combines whey protein isolate with all-natural colours, flavourings and sweeteners. It also packs 25g of protein into each serving, with only 108 calories.
Buy from Bulk (opens in new tab) | £19.49 (RRP £34.99)
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