How Much Is A Scoop Of Protein Powder?

Illustration of man scooping creatine from a tub

Ever wondered how much protein powder you are scooping in one serving? Well here's an article we have made for you for all you need to know.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest
Table of Contents
    Add a header to begin generating the table of contents
    Scroll to Top

    What Is A Protein Powder Scoop?

    Companies that sell protein powder often include a scoop made from plastic inside their protein containers for their customers to measure out a serving of their product. Often, many customers will miss the scoop at first as it is generally hidden under the top layer of powder so you may need to search for it.

    Nowadays, some manufacturers are focused more on their environmental impact and are aiming to reduce their use of plastic. Therefore, they may not give out a scoop with every carton. There are many scoops available online if this is the case.

    How Many Grams Are In A Scoop Of Protein Powder?

    This is a question that is extremely difficult to answer. This is because different scoops hold different amounts of protein. While there is no one answer, as a general rule, most protein powder scoops sit at around 20g which is the recommended serving size for a number of different protein brands.

    Why Are There Different Protein Powder Scoop Sizes?

    The size of the protein scoop that you receive will be dependent on the protein manufacturer that made it. Therefore, using an old scoop with a new protein brand might not give you the recommended dose.

    One of the main issues with these protein scoops is that they do not give an accurate measurement – if the protein is packed in, it can hold more powder than if it is loose. Additionally, if it is heaped, it is impossible to know the exact weight of the protein being used. The back of the protein powder should include the recommended dosage in grams, so it may be best to instead weigh this with a scale instead of using a scoop.

    Do I Only Need One Scoop Of Protein Powder?

    There is no one measurement of protein powder that every single person should take. Depending on your training regime, your fitness goals and body weight as well as the amount of natural protein that you are already getting from your diet.

    If you are adding one scoop of protein powder to your diet and seeing better recovery times after gym workouts, alongside an increase in strength or size, then this indicates that you are taking the right amount. However, if you feel like you are seeing no improvements in your performance or recovery time, you may require a higher dose of protein.

    On the other hand, if you find yourself gaining fat, one scoop may be too much for your current diet and exercise routine, so consider reducing the amount you are taking.

    How Much Protein Should I Be Taking?

    As mentioned above, the exact amount of protein will depend on the individual as we all have different exercise routines, metabolisms, diets and fitness targets.

    As a rough guide, for those who are looking to build strength by a training program that involves lifting weights regularly, or if you are looking to build endurance, then for every pound of lean body weight, you should be intaking around 0.8 and 1g of protein.

    If you are a little over your lean body weight, then it is important that you focus on losing this first before adding extra protein into your routine as without this, you may find that your weight increases. Therefore, using protein at this stage will not be as effective and could waste your money.

    How Should I Dilute My Protein Powder?

    Protein powder can be diluted in any liquid, but it is best in water or if you are looking for higher calcium levels then milk is also a good option. Many use 50% milk and 50% water for better calcium but lower calories. Add the protein powder to your liquid and mix well by shaking your bottle, or blending it with an electric blender or whisk until smooth.

    What Are The Side Effects of Taking Too Much Protein Powder?

    It is important to measure accurately the amount of protein that you are taking and ensure that this is correct for your personal circumstances as taking too much protein can lead to a number of different health issues. These issues include:

    • Headaches
    • Loss of hair
    • An increase in weight
    • Digestive issues such as constipation and diarrhea
    • Stomach cramps and bloating
    • Heart disease
    • Damaged kidneys
    • Kidney stones
    • Higher risk of cancer
    • Osteoporosis

    How I Can I Measure My Protein Powder More Accurately?

    Once you have worked out the right levels of protein for your training goals and body mass, it is important to be able to measure it correctly. This will not only ensure that you are getting the correct amount but also means that you are not accidentally measuring too much, leading to increased costs and uncomfortable side effects.

    As there are many different sizes of scoop, the most reliable way to effectively measure your protein powder is to purchase an inexpensive set of digital scales. These can be bought online via Amazon or eBay and last a long time while giving accurate measurements. Simply weigh a container to get a starting weight, then add in your protein until you reach the amount that you require (taking into account the container weight by subtracting it from the reading). It couldn’t be easier and is far more reliable than a protein scoop.

    Wrapping Up

    Protein scoops come in many different sizes. The most common size of scoop usually can hold around 20g, however, this can change dramatically based on whether the scoop is heaped or whether the powder is densely packed.

    It is important to correctly measure your protein to ensure you are getting the right amount. The best way to do this is to simply measure the protein with a set of scales to make sure that you are on track with your fitness goals.

    About The Author

    Michael Collins

    Michael Collins

    Michael is a gym enthusiast with experience that spans more than 20 years. He started his exhilarating journey of keeping fit in his late teens, and over the years, he has immensely grown to become a resourceful gem in matters of fitness.

    He has been writing for many years, focusing on answering all the questions you may have on nutrition, muscle building and fitness. Keeping fit and staying healthy is his main passion, and this is evidenced in the articles he writes in a simple and understandable language out of intensive reading and real-life experiences.