PhD Diet Whey Powder Review

Diet Whey Powder is a supplement produced by UK based manufacturer, PhD Supplements. This supplement states that it can help people to lose weight when following a weight management nutritional plan. This review will aim to understand how this supplement can achieve this by looking at the ingredients within the product.


Whey/ Milk / Soya Protein Concentrate

Whey, soy and milk protein helps aid muscle protein synthesis when combined with resistance training (1, 2). Other key features include increasing muscle mass (3), an increase in lean body mass (4) and greater recovery from exercise (5). Longer periods of supplementation have shown greater gains in fat free mass (6).

Muscle protein synthesis is increased due to high concentration of Leucine (BCAA) which is a signalling molecule needed to increase muscle protein synthesis (7). Consumption of whey protein helps increase muscle mass due to a greater amount of peripheral nitrogen retention whereas soy protein has been found to have a greater effect on splanchnic protein synthesis (8).

The reason for greater recovery of exercise can be due to a post exercise insulin response (9, 10) which means glycogen resynthesis occurs rapidly so exercise can be prolonged, with greater training volume increased hypertrophy and decreased muscle damage.

Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder

Cocoa powder has been found to include flavonoids which are antioxidants, they can aid in the oxidation of LDL, (11,12) and augments the antioxidant defence system (13). Cocoa powder has also been found to stimulate nitric oxide production which can reduce oxidative stress and reduce the risk of heart attack (14).

Waxy Barley Flour

Waxy Barley Flour has numerous health benefits. Among them includes lowering cholesterol (15), blood pressure (16) and heart disease (17). Due to barley consisting of mainly fiber both soluble and insoluble it can slow stomach emptying which can give the feeling of being fuller for longer (18). This in turn can help balance blood sugar levels and aid in weight loss.

Golden Brown Flaxseed Powder

Flaxseed has several health properties including being an antioxidant (19), the ability to lower blood pressure (20) and consists of Omega 3 fatty acids which include numerous health benefits such as lowering cholesterol (21) and also plays a role in reducing oxidative stress which leads to reducing cardiovascular disease (22).

Acacia / Xanthan Gum

Acacia gum and Xanthan Gum are water soluble dietary fibres, which have been reported to reduce total cholesterol; however there seems to be insufficient evidence to confirm this theory. (23)

CLA Powder

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) has been shown to have weight loss properties (24); there are several reasons for this which includes an increase in energy metabolism (25), insulin resistance (26), stimulation of lipolysis, which is due to an impaired signalling which reduces triglyceride synthesis and releases free fatty acid which normally occurs when energy demand rises (27). Other mechanisms include a suppression of appetite (28), induced adipocyte apoptosis which decreases body fat mass and increased energy expenditure (29).

Green Tea Extract

Green tea supplementation has been shown to have several health properties including an increase in plasma antioxidant which will lead to a lowering of oxidative damage (30,31), decreased blood pressure (32,33) and it can protect against coronary atherosclerosis (34). Other health effects that green tea can have includes a lowering of cholesterol, an increase of insulin activity (35) and a regulation of blood glucose levels which can help reduce body fat.

Sodium Chloride

Sodium chloride is otherwise known as salt. It is theorised that sodium chloride can help prevent cramps as the key mechanism in muscle contraction is the flooding of the action potential in the muscle membrane, and so if there is a sodium deficiency it may cause the muscle to cramp (36).


Sucralose is a sweetener that is calorie free. This ingredient is used in many products and is used to make the product taste sweeter and does not have any nutritional benefit.


The description of this supplement stated that it can help aid weight loss with someone who is on a weight management nutritional plan. This supplement can achieve the claims with the ingredients within this supplement including the waxy barley flour which can keep satiety high and CLA powder which can increase metabolism.

This supplement can also help reduce cholesterol with cholesterol lowering properties in several ingredients and may aid in muscle gain with the inclusion of milk, whey and soya protein.

This supplement is recommended to be taken once a day, pre-exercise. This product has no banned substances when referring to the WADA prohibited list when observing the label/ingredients posted on the website.

*NOTE – This product has not been tested in a laboratory and may contain other substances that may not appear on the label


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