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PhD Diet Whey Review

Review of: PhD Diet Whey

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On 2013-09-18
Last modified:2019-10-17


Used as a healthy snack between meals or a post-workout protein hit, this great tasting supplement is ideal for anyone looking to burn fat while building/maintaining lean muscle. Another excellent product from PhD Nutrition.

There are a few things in life which I find overwhelmingly mundane.

Washing up, baby photos, the Victorian era (it’s just too long), Hugh Grant, anything by Jane Austen…

Another is dieting.

It’s just so difficult to summon up the enthusiasm to eat couscous and carrots, day in, day out.

It’s comparable to someone confiscating all of your high-def niche pornography and forcing you to rub one out over an old oak tree instead.

It’s just not the same.

Having said that, during my last foray into dieting/cutting/getting spectacularly shredded, there was one oasis of flavour, one meal which I genuinely looked forward to guzzling down each day.

That was PhD Diet Whey.

Product overview

PhD Diet Whey ReviewPhD Diet Whey is a well-regarded protein supplement designed to help with lean muscle and fat loss goals.

Essentially it acts as a healthy, low-carb snack alternative or a convenient source of protein post-workout.

Per serving, you’re looking at about 35g of protein (whey protein, milk protein concentrate, soya protein isolate), 7g of low GI carbs, and 2g of sugar.

This blend of ingredients helps keep you feeling full throughout the day and should help eliminate those pesky sugar cravings.

PhD Diet Whey also contains added nutrients to help boost fat loss and maximise performance and energy levels, such as green tea, CLA, l-carnitine, waxy vol and flaxseed.

Personally, I’ve never heard of some of those ingredients – they could well be made up:

Marketing Exec 1: “Paul, how can we make this supplement more appealing?”

Marketing Exec 2: “Have you tried making up a load of impressive sounding ingredients? They fucking love that.”

Marketing Exec 1: “What about… Waxy Vol?”

Marketing Exec 2: “Bingo!”

Taste and texture

At the time of writing, PhD Diet Whey is available in five different flavours: vanilla, strawberry, Belgian chocolate, white chocolate, and chocolate orange.

I usually opt for the vanilla flavour, which, although quite sweet, tastes tremendous.

So much so I found myself having cravings for it.

The shake mixes well with no lumps in sight, but it is a little grainy, which is apparently due to the flaxseed.

I blended it with semi-skimmed milk (always tastes much, much better than with water) and would often throw in a banana or some other frozen fruit for a great tasting protein shake.


Over the course of a month, I lost quite a few pounds, ‘leaned up’ considerably, and felt much more energised during training while using this supplement.

This was alongside three weightlifting sessions and three HIIT  cardio session per week, as well a wholesome low-carb diet.

Obviously, it’s paramount that you use PhD Diet Whey in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle.

If you just spend all day sitting in your pants, playing Grand Theft Auto and eating Belgian buns, this shake is not going to help you lose weight or gain muscle.

The ‘slow release protein blend’ definitely helped to eliminate any cravings I normally have during the day.

Usually I hoover up every calorie in sight, with an appetite as indiscriminate as it is voracious, but PhD Diet Whey satiated this binge mindset considerably.

On a side note, PhD Diet Whey also digests very well.

Unlike a lot of other protein supplements that I have reviewed, it thankfully doesn’t leave a trail of toxic guff gas lingering behind you all day long.

So if you’re consistently smoking your other half out with volley after volley of noxious protein farts, this supplement should help ease tension in the relationship.

Miami Heat Bench Fart reaction gif

Value for money

The recommended retail price for PhD Diet Whey is usually £30 and £40 for a kilogram, which is a little steep in my opinion.

However, if you shop around online you can normally knock at least £10 off this price, making it much better value for money.


PhD Diet Whey is the ideal supplement for those looking to maintain muscle tissue while cutting down on fat.

It works perfectly as a low calorie snack between meals and/or post-workout protein fix, and helps keep those pesky sugar cravings at bay.

In addition, its great taste helps take the edge off those ineffably mundane diet plans.

All in all, another excellent product from PhD Nutrition.

Highly recommended!

Buy PhD Diet Whey

Typically cheapest place to buy PhD Diet Whey is here at Amazon where it normally goes for well below the recommended retail price.

If you’ve tried PhD Diet Whey and have an opinion on it, I’d love to hear from you.

Just hit me up with your thoughts in the comments section below.

Also, if you happen to find anywhere cheaper than Amazon, please get in touch.

Until then, stay strong and stay shredded!

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  1. Hi Henry

    What do you know about the credentials of the people who make this stuff?

    Are they trained pharmacists/physicians or pretending like Dr Dre?

    1. Not 100% sure, but I doubt they boast any expertise that sets them apart from the multitude of other supplement companies on the market.

      They’ve just got a legit sounding brand name which conveys authority.

      Just like ‘UK Best Kebab’…

      1. Hey I just read your blog and found it really uplifting.

        I’m quite miserable with my weight – I had two babies within 16 months then if things couldn’t get any harder developed gall bladder disease.

        1. Glad you’ve enjoyed it, if there’s anything I can help with please let me know.

  2. You can get it cheaper at

    £32 for a 2kg tub!

    1. I’m seeing it for £37 – regardless that’s still a good price 🙂

      1. Discount Supplements standard price £29.99 for 2 kilos, but wait until end of the month and you get 20-25% off, works out at £12 per kilo.

        1. Thanks, will look out for that.

    2. Purchased PhD Diet Whey at Holland & Barrett 19/11/16 for £14.99/ kg bag

      1. Thanks for the heads up, great price!

    3. Amazon £29

  3. Ebay 2kg and a shaker fo £39

    1. Thanks for the heads up, Danny.

  4. Hi, I’ve lost a load of weight this year and am now looking to lose the last bit and tone up.

    Is this the correct supplement to use if I have it as my post-workout snack?

    1. Yes, PHD Diet Whey should definitely help you tone up and lose weight, provided your diet and training are up to scratch 🙂

      1. Why is the cookies and cream no longer available

  5. I am a Gym Instructor at a female only gym and with it being the new year have just started a massive health kick.

    I have always struggled to find a protein that I enjoy as I hate milkshake and this is all they remind me of!

    However I have just started on the Belgium Chocolate PHD Diet Whey and I am so impressed I love it!

    I also find myself craving the shakes and I normally have a sweet tooth for chocolate and haven’t touched a single bit since I started on the shakes.

    If I have a heavy training day I do not use it as a meal replacement but I use it in-between to stop cravings and snacking and it does exactly that.

    I am now currently recommending this product to all my ladies at the gym as it is fantastic!

    1. Great to hear from you!

      Haven’t tried the Belgian Choc flavour myself, but will definitely give it a go after reading your comment.

      Nice to see you’re getting some good results too 🙂

  6. I’ve been cycling supplements for years and used to be PHD all the way.

    Then I found Optimum Nutrition and never looked back.

    But then Diet Whey by PHD was on offer so I bought a couple and I wish I hadn’t.

    I found the vanilla flavour one of the worst tasting, bad mixing blends I’ve ever had.

    Even worse than the cheap stuff.

    Tastes like it has some synthetic thickening agent throughout – yuk.

    So back to Optimum Nutrition we go.

    Ps. If you head over to PHd-fitness or Monster Supplements you see that PHD win pretty much every award going.

    What they don’t mention is that both PHd-fitness & Monster are owned by PHD.

    Funny that.

    1. Hi Marcus.

      Gotta disagree with your comment about the vanilla flavour.

      Personally I find it delicious, but then I guess everyone’s different.

      I also love Optimum Nutrition – have you tried their Gold Standard Whey?

    2. Definitely agree vanilla flavour tastes awful.

      Also, on the back of the pack, it says you have to mix it with ice cold water, I thought I’d give it a try anyway, but it just doesn’t blend unless its either ice cold or straight out of the (very) cold tap.

  7. Just bought PHD Diet Whey from Holland and Barrett.

    They’ve got a sale on – 1kg bag £24.99.

    Get yourself down there!

    1. Hi Dane, thanks for letting us know!

    2. £14.99/kg now!

  8. Hi Henry.

    Just bought this PHD Diet Whey, have not yet got a diet plan.

    I need real help never dieted before and now I’m ready to do so.

    Any tips or advice would be great.

    1. Hi Darren, try this article as a starting point, and let us know how you get on!

  9. Hi, been using PHD Whey Diet for 2 weeks now and love it – white chocolate and strawberry delight my fav.

    Using it 4 x a day, 1 scoop in the morning, 1 scoop pre work out (30 mins before), 1 scoop post work out, and 1 scoop before bed (1 hour before).

    Holland and Barrett – buy one get one half price.

    1. Hi Louise, thanks for letting us know about that deal.

      Good luck with your training!

  10. Hi, I’ve been recommended to try PHD Diet Whey to help shift a bit of extra fat/weight but maintain where I am at the moment (which I am sort of happy with) and the reviews seem good.

    I eat fairly healthy, currently cut out processed and junk to help me.

    But would I use this as a meal replacement (for 2 meals for example) OR would I continue to eat 3 healthy meals and drink in between as a snack OR use pre-workout and post-workout?

    I want to buy this but just no where explicitly says when/what times to use it?

    1. Hi Nicole.

      PHD Diet Whey is first and foremost a supplement – that is, something to complement your daily diet as a healthy snack between meals or as a convenient post-workout protein fix.

      But it can, by all means, be used as a meal replacement.

      However, I wouldn’t make this a habit.

      Do it at your discretion and make sure you’re still meeting your daily macros.

      Hope this helps, let me know if you have any more questions.

  11. Hi Henry

    Could you tell me the best times to take this as I’m training at 5am, so would like to know whether to take before or after training?


    1. Hi James, I would use it after the morning workout to help your muscles repair and rebuild.

      So long as you have replenished your glycogen stores with carbs the night before you should be fine with little food before your morning workout.

      But don’t train completely fasted – I usually have a little snack to help me alleviate hunger.

      Also, don’t get too hung up on when to take protein shakes.

      Timing isn’t really relevant provided you’re meeting your macros throughout the day.

      Hope that helps, let me know if you have any more questions.

  12. I bought the PHD Belgian Choc flavour which is yummie, gonna try the strawberry flav next.

    When I started bootcamp on 7th Jan been drinking it since and in 10 weeks have lost 43lb in weight.

    I have 2 a day and one evening meal…

    1. Awesome stuff Michelle, congrats with your weight loss 🙂

  13. GNC PHD Diet Whey, it says buy a 1KG bag and get one for £1, but it actually just knocked £23.59 off the total price.

    Not bad though.

    32.79 for a 1KG bag.

    Got two bags for £41.99.

    Better than H&Bs prices anyway.

    1. Hi Karen, thanks for alerting us to that deal. Bargain!

  14. Hello,

    Just a quick question, I have recently purchased the white choc and vanilla protein and I am looking to get leaner and more toned and lose a bit of fat also.

    I have started training 4x a week with cardio and weights.

    I am about 5.7 and weigh about 60kg stone but my goal is to tone up and lose fat, do you have any tips on when is best to take protein and how much I should take as I am a bit of an amateur lol?

    1. Hi Georgia, there is no real optimum time to take a protein shake.

      Take PhD Diet Whey whenever you like between meals, or as the very occasional MRP, to help you hit your daily macros.

      A lot of people will take it straight after a workout as it’s a convenient way to get a quick protein fix to help your muscles repair and recover.

      But a regular nutritious meal will also work here too.

      Good luck with your training!

  15. OK, should I use Diet Whey as a substitute meal or a snack?

    I’ve been spinning for the past 12 months and have recently started on the weight circuit to try and get a better more toned figure (6 pack abs would be nice).

    I really started to see a difference in my body then I started on the white wine.

    I drink a bottle of wine a night and as I own a bar, I finish work, come home and open a bottle of wine at midnight, drink it and go to bed.

    All the sugars are lying in my stomach, hence I have gained a wine belly and love handles.

    I know the wine has to stop for me to lose the flab.

    My diet is a small bowl of Special K for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch (always on brown bread), then as a main meal in the evening it’s either salad or veg with either chicken or fish.

    So would the Diet Whey be better as a breakfast or lunch substitute and used again after my workout?

    1. Hi Mark, thanks for dropping by.

      As you point out, your first goal should definitely be to cut out all that wine, as a bottle a night is definitely doing no favours for that six pack!

      I would keep your diet as it is and introduce the PhD Diet Whey twice a day as a snack between meals.

      This should top up your daily protein intake to above the RDA which will help with lean muscle gains – provided you are still killing it in the gym!

      Good luck – and let me know if you have any more questions!

  16. What would be the best time during the day to drink this shake?

    Considering my aim is to lose fat and a little bit of weight, and I go to the gym 3-4 times a week?

    1. Hi James, it doesn’t really matter what time of the day you take your shake.

      Have it between meals or as a quick protein fix post-workout.

      As long as you’re meeting your daily macros you will be fine.

  17. What is the difference between PHD Pharma Whey and PHD Diet Whey?


    1. Hi Luke

      I’ve never taken Pharma Whey, but it seems to chiefly comprise a protein blend with some added BCAAs and glutamine.

      This is essentially a standard protein shake with a few added ingredients to help build muscle.

      PHD Diet Whey, on the other hand, is geared towards people who are trying to loose excess weight and get lean, hence the added fat burning ingredients such as Green Tea Extract, CLA, etc.

      Hope this helps buddy, good luck with your training and let me know if you have any more questions 🙂

  18. Hiya Henry,

    Great review and forum.

    I’m 41, 5″10 bloke and weighed 16st 7 5 weeks ago.

    Started using static exercise bike for 40mins 6 days a week before work with a mostly natural foods, low carb & fat, high fruit and veg diet.

    Weighed today 15st 8.

    I am going to start body weight resistance w/outs in the evenings after work, I really don’t want to pay a gym membership so am aiming to do varying push and pull ups, squats and core exercises at home.

    I don’t want to bulk up like a bodybuilder but don’t want to lose muscle mass either.

    Bought the Vanilla Cream flavour today, haven’t used it yet.

    What/how would you suggest to use it to tone up, maybe add a little mass?

    My diet plan is:

    Breakfast 40g shredded wheat with a handful of blueberries & 125ml almond milk

    Lunch is a warburton thin with some wafer thin ham and salad inc tomato and cucumber slices, a golden delicious apple and a satsuma, and possibly a mini baybybel light or a pack of snack a jacks.

    Dinner is either grilled chicken breast with salad or grilled Mediterranean veg and some brown rice – or Quorn mince as a healthy bolognanse with some pasta and grilled veg.

    Snacks are apples, satsumas, bananas etc.

    Any advice would be very much appreciated.



    1. Hi Dave

      Thanks for the kind words 🙂

      Your diet seems fine, no need to change anything there.

      You can take Diet Whey between meals as a healthy snack – this protein boost will help with lean muscle gains and the added ingredients should expedite fat loss.

      However, from what I can tell, your workouts are what need stepping up a gear.

      First of all, drop the steady state cardio and start introducing some high intensity interval training (HIIT) (read more here).

      Not only will these max effort bursts be more conducive to fat loss, they should also be a lot more fun.

      So train harder and smarter, keep the diet on-point, BE CONSISTENT, and you should see some good results!

      Hope this helps – let me know if you have any more questions!

  19. Quality review… “wanking over trees” … winner!… lol

    I use the strawberry delight – tastes the mutts nuts better than bsn syntha-6 and that’s the best tasting up until the Diet Whey, ad mixes well.

    I’ve not used with milk as I prefer council juice for my shakes.

    Price wise I’m currently paying 14-19 quid a kg depending on what offers are on – I’ve not yet paid more than 19 quid, most of the time it’s 15 quid a kg, just Google for current discount codes. – delivered within 4 days… free.

    1. Hi Wingy

      I’m not usually a fan of strawberry flavoured shakes, but I’ll be sure to give this one a go in light of your comments!

  20. Best price I’ve found this week goes to Discount Supplements – they have a 3kg tub + 1kg bag for £42.99.

    Ordered the Belgian Choc.

    Looking to lose a few pounds and get leaner – 4Kg should do the trick! :p lol

    1. Hi Wil

      Thanks for the heads up – I’ve bagged a lot of bargains at Discount Supplements, great store!

      Good luck with the weight loss buddy.

  21. Hi Henry

    Just found your site, looking around for the best shakes!

    Interested in this PHD thing – like sound of white choc flavour!

    I am 5.4 and 106 pounds – my sister’s wedding is 21 June 2014 – is it reasonable to say if I work out every day with beachbody DVDs, 3 times at my gym AND eat sculptress maxitone crunch bar for snacks and breakfast and PHD for lunch with main meal in evening – to lose 1 stone!?

    With your experience is that even possible?

    Really panicking now… don’t want to take pics looking like fat slob! Pls help!

    Any ideas would be really grateful.

    To make matters worse I got that ‘big booty’ thing going on complete with huge stomach!

    What would you recommend I do?


    1. Hi Veronica

      I would recommend against using PHD Diet Whey as a meal replacement too often – you’re better off sticking to good, healthy, wholesome food for your nutrients.

      You seem like you’re training well – so alongside a good diet PHD Diet Whey should help with your fitness goals.

      Good luck with the wedding!

  22. Hello, I have recently started dieting to loose a few pounds.

    I don’t do a great deal of working out but I am fairly active, I spend most of my days in work walking around and lifting fairly heavy trays.

    I also do a bit of running and hill walking after work.

    I want to know if taking PHD Diet Whey will help me loose weight or benefit me at all?

    My ultimate goal is to loose about 15lbs but due to a slight disability I struggle to carry out most workouts other than walking.

    1. My thoughts: if you’re adding in this shake your adding in extra calories, which will gain you weight. Period (if no change in routine).

      This is mainly for weight training where you need the high protein intake, but want the various fat burners, and other extras thrown in.

      If mainly cardio and walking as you say… I suggest no.

      To lose weight cut back calories, and if you want to try the added supplements, get a separate CLA supplement, green tea diet supplement, etc, separate.

      This is still a protein supplement as its core. when you meed the extra in diet to hit the heavier needs when lifting heavy.

      Flaxseed will actually really help – add to porridge in the am and throw it in foods.

      Keep insulin levels low etc but this is for protein – at the end of the day with weight loss as an extra.

      It’s not a standalone diet supp bud!

      1. Hi Steve

        Thanks for chipping in – agree with your comments!

  23. Hi, I wonder if you can help me.

    I am currently on Herbalife meal replacement program – I have lost a good deal of weight but the price of the program is killing me!

    I went I to Holland and Barrett to see if there is an alternative and the lady suggested PHD Diet Whey.

    Scrolling through the comments you have said not to use it as a meal replacement but that’s what the girl in the shop suggested.

    Has she given me the wrong advice – and if so what would you suggest as I’m trying to find shakes to replace my current ones 🙂

    1. Hi Sheralea

      Firstly, thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment, it’s much appreciated.

      Using Phd Diet Whey as an MRP very occasionally for convenience sake is absolutely fine – however, as I’ve said, I 100% wouldn’t advise on making this a habit, as at the end of day it’s a supplement and shouldn’t be substituted for real food.

      Herbalife and all MRPs in that vein are simply not a sustainable weight loss option – and they’re certainly not good for you either!

      Yes, you may loose weight at first, but that’s because you’re starving your body of calories!

      As this is simply not sustainable, you’ll soon revert back to old habits, and pile the weight back on instantly.

      Stick to wholesome, nutritious food where possible and use the diet whey as a snack/post-workout shake to top up your daily protein intake for muscle repair and growth.

      Provided your diet is on-point and you’re training hard (and smart) in the gym, this supplement, with its protein and added fat loss ingredients, should definitely help you loose weight and lean up.

      Hope that helps, let me know if you have any more comments.

  24. Hi, is it true that a chocolate flavoured whey will take the percentage absorbed into the body down by a good 7-10% as opposed to any non chocolate flavours?

    Or is this just bull to get the other flavours that don’t sell as much to look more appealing?

    1. It’s nonsense IMHO.

      Check the calories as they will vary on flavour.

      Chocolate benefit is, well I’m talking about real dark coco, helps reduce stress.

      Less stress means less cortisol and we all no what that does (for any newcomers it breaks down muscle and thus wont help fat loss. Opposite.)

      But ‘chocolate’ here won’t be that anyway.

      I find it tastes bad.

      I would prefer it without the sweetener, but that’s mad talk, it’s flavouring.

      So, yeah, if that’s pushed, possible sales jargon.

      Noted the ones always on mega sale are always the bad flavours when it comes to protein bars.

      The real fat burners are your legs bro.

      Go work them out – right now.

      Stop missing leg day, you know I’m right.

    2. Hi John, that’s a crock of fucking shite.

  25. Been on Cyclone for 7 months and had some really excellent gains from that (as well as clean eating and hard lifting 5 days a week).

    Read your Cyclone review which I found helpful.

    Anyway with Cyclone it’s quite high in calories.

    Decided to go for PhD Whey Diet… 37 quid for 2kg tub from Amazon.

    And noted you done another top review after!

    They are always a good read.

    Anyway I noticed:

    1) Coming off Cyclone (laced with insulin spiking Dextrose) to this I find the taste of Belgium chocolate revolting. OK granted, no sugar, but it’s thick, sticky, full of sweeteners.

    Belgium chocolate? More like Uzbekisthan chocolate… after its been rubbed on someone’s armpit… the smell also.

    2) I have to use 600ml of water (double suggested) to get the 2 scoops shaken in, then it’s like swallowing goop.

    My routine post workout is banging my shaker on the wall to try and mix it.

    OK, I can do it, I can drink it… man up… but man it’s hard vs Cyclone chocolate, a little chocolate treat vs this, armpit tasting.

    Anyway saving cash given no need for any green tea or cla etc.

    I’m used to heavy dextrose so many may not be.

    It beats a protein I brought in the USA that made me vomit in my mouth once.

    3) Use of the word ‘whey’ is … well interesting given it is heavy in slow releasing caesin and soy proteins… not exactly whey isolate, but I get it, slow release for meal replacement and slower sustained catabolic protection (vs Cyclone smash to your senses roooaaarrr).

    This is more slow burn protein release sustained yadda yadda.

    But boring right… 6 meals a day… I want glucose post workout not flaxseed…

    Calories are however way down on the change.

    It’s working, but I wont stay on this, I think there is better on the market (or just go with a true whey isolate and pasteurised egg white mix).

    It’s saying something but I would take egg whites over this shake flavour.

    But keep the reviews and feedback coming.

    Bro love in the room, happy growing all!

    1. Hi Steve

      Thanks for the kind – and entertaining – comments!

      I have to say I’ve never had an issue with the taste of PHD Diet Whey (it’s great IMO), but then again I’ve had some truly awful tasting shakes in my time – the kind that make Pete Doherty’s ballsack taste like something rustled up by Heston Blumenthal…

  26. Hello.

    I’m considering buying this to help with weight loss and toning but I was wondering if there’s any exercises you’d recommend for loosing stomach and thigh fat?

    What I’ve been doing hasn’t made much of a difference.

    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Deena

      Thanks for your comment.

      Try introducing some HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) into your workouts – a much more effective way of losing body fat than LISS (Low Intensity Steady State Cardio).

      More info here:

      Good luck – and do let me know if you have any more questions!

  27. I have just got this product and have started to use it over the last week.

    If I am doing 3/4 weight sessions a week and 3 cardio based sessions such as swimming, then just wondering when is best to take this shake and which days?

    Should I be taking it on cardio session days as well or just weight training days?

    Someone said to me to take one shake every morning including any rest days, and take a second shake post workout on weight days.

    Is this correct?


    1. Hi Sam

      It’s a good idea to take a shake post-workout (whether that’s cardio or weight training) as this provides a quick, convenient protein fix which well help your muscles repair and recover.

      Other than that, don’t get too hung up on when to take your shake, as the timing is not that important.

      Use it as a snack between meals – or as the occasional MRP – to top up your daily protein intake.

      Hope that helps – let me know if you have any more questions!

  28. I don’t know what is the best place to buy PhD?

    I found some good deals on eBay but I am not sure if that is genuine dealers or no, the dealer name is phdfitness which is based in Hull?


    1. Hi Mido

      I don’t have much experience buying from eBay, but I’m sure if the seller has positive feedback you should be fine.

      Have you tried Amazon?

      That’s usually where I find the best deals.

  29. Just got some 1kg of this in white chocolate and am just not sure about when the best time to consume this is, should I have it early morning, lunch time or before my workout?

    My workouts are normally late afternoon/evening.

    Monday – Soccer Training
    Tuesday – gym session (dumbbells and cardio)
    Wednesday – Soccer Training
    Thursday – Circuit Training
    Saturday – Soccer Training
    Sunday – gym session (dumbbell and cardio)

    1. Hi Matt

      I would take a shake after your workout for a quick, convenient protein fix and once or twice throughout the day between meals.

      As I’ve said before, don’t get too hung up on what time of day to take the supplement, look at the bigger picture and your daily protein intake.

      Hope that helps – and let me know if you have any more questions!

  30. Hi.

    I currently take Myprotein whey isolate but I am looking to purchase something else so am seriously considering PHD diet whey.

    I noticed it contains CLA and l-carnitine.

    I currently take these two supplements in the forms of capsules 3 x a day.

    If I have PHD diet whey post workout (3 shakes per week after lifting) am I still able to supplement CLA and l-carnitine daily?

    1. Hi Mel

      First off, why are you thinking of changing supplements?

      If it’s because of taste or price, that’s fine, but if it’s down to lack of results I would suggest taking a closer look at your diet and training plan.

      PHD Diet Whey is basically just a whey protein shake with added fat loss ingredients, which it seems that you are already supplementing your diet with?

  31. Hi, I’m 38 and weigh 13st 5lb, and have a stomach that needs to go.

    I have been using PHD Diet Whey for 3 days now and it tastes pretty good, it’s the first time I’ve tried anything like this so my body is just getting used to it.

    I have a few questions that I hope you can help with, now what I’m about to say is not an excuse but I honestly don’t get a lot of time to go to the gym, I work as a prison officer so am on my feet from 0500-2130 when my gym is closed until I get home and I do this 4 days a week.

    My shifts vary which is a nightmare to stick to any type of routine and sometimes don’t get to eat at all, which is why I’ve started to do this shake thing so at least I’m getting something good into my body.

    So at the moment I’m having a shake in the morning, a lunch time meal, and shake when I get home, the only reason I have a shake when I get home is that it’s really too late in the evening to eat as I would go to bed with all the shitty food laying on my stomach.

    Based on this info is it OK to do what I’m doing or is just going to do more harm than good to my body?

    When I’m working nights (every 3 weeks) I have started to use the gym at work, but during my day shifts it’s impossible to use.

    Could you advise on what I should do in the gym as I’m probably doing it all wrong, sorry for the long message but really need help.

    Thank you very much.

    1. Hi Kevin, thanks for your comment.

      I know this is probably not the advice that you want to hear, but if you’re not getting much exercise into your routine, then using protein supplements is only going to add calories to your diet, not to mention throwing money away.

      You’re better off eating wholesome meals and, when in the gym on those rare occasions, making the most of your time by employing full body routines comprising the main compound lifts (bench, deadlift, squat) – don’t waste time with pointless isolation exercises.

  32. Hi, first off… great review!

    I’m 38 and my current weight is 10st 12lbs.

    My goal is to try and lose some belly fat and tone up my arms and chest (moobs!).

    I have been using PhD Diet Whey for a week now and am enjoying using it along with having healthy meals and exercise 5 times a week.

    I am a complete novice to diets and exercise so my question is am I going about things the right way?

    My typical routine is this….

    Breakfast: PhD Diet Whey shake, to which I add a choice/mix of any of the following… fat free Greek yogurt, low fat coconut milk, squeezed grapefruit, blueberries, raspberries, kale, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon.

    Lunch: Egg white omelette with turkey, spinach and sprinkle of cayenne pepper/carrot and lentil soup with wholemeal bread, apple or fat free bio yoghurt.

    Snack: Handful mixed nuts/apple

    Dinner: Wholemeal pasta with chicken and brocolli/jacket potato with tuna salad/Quorn veg chilli with wholemeal rice/baked fish with veg and pots etc… followed by fat free greek style yoghurt with nut granola and raspberries

    Late snack: Post workout PhD Diet shake

    I have been doing a 25 min high intensity kick boxing cardio workout 3-4 times a week and upper body resistance band exercises twice a week.

    So should I be ok with this or should I be doing things differently for better results?

    Many thanks 😉

    1. Hi Stuart, thanks for your comment!

      That’s an excellent program – I would definitely expect you to see results from it provided you are consistent with everything.

      The only change I would make is to up the intensity of the resistance work – adding in some full body workouts comprising squat/deadlift/bench should accelerate gains nicely.

      Good luck buddy – let me know how it goes!

  33. Hi.

    I’ve just purchased the Belgian chocolate flavour diet whey and it is lush!

    I’m near the end of the insanity programme and although I’m a lot fitter, sadly I have had no changes on trying to lose my belly.

    Any advice on diet, exercise and diet whey would be very much appreciated.

    I’m 4ft 10 and approx 6 and a half stone.

    Just need to lose my belly after having kids.


    1. Hi Kellie.

      I’m not familiar with the Insanity workout – but, like I prescribe for anyone trying to tone up and loose weight, any regime comprising compound exercises with HIIT should do the trick.

      If you’re consistent with this routine and are still not seeing results, then you’re problem, I presume, lies with your diet.

      No routine – no matter how taxing – can out-train a poor diet.

      Apart from the obvious, make sure you are consistently sticking to unprocessed foods and avoiding high glycemic foods and starchy/sugary carbs.

      Hope that helps – let me know if you have any more questions 🙂

  34. Hi, I would like to get some help please.

    I have just got the Diet Whey and I am woudering if it helps people loose weight who are overweight?

    1. Hi James

      If you are aiming to loose weight and tone up, then yes, Phd Diet Whey, as a dietary supplement, can help with your goals.

      However, as I’ve said many times before on this comments thread, it is not a magic pill.

      Above everything else, you need to bee putting in the hours in the gym and adhering to a disciplined diet.

      Then, and only then, will you see results.

      If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to ask 🙂

  35. Hi, I’ve just bought the Diet Whey shake.

    What sort off food would be good to use for evening meals to loose weight please?

    I’d like to loose 2 stone and really tone up.

    1. Hi Tam.

      You can never go wrong with natural, unprocessed foods and lots of fruit and veg.

      Also, as I’ve mentioned above, try and avoid starchy, high glycemic foods, as these will soon send unwanted weight to your waistline if you’re not burning it off.

      And remember to avoid junk food and alcohol as much as possible!

      Let me know if you have any more questions 🙂


  36. I can pick it up locally for 2×500 for £20 or a 1kg tub for £21.

    Now you can’t beat that and I am getting really good results from this!

    1. Great to hear you’re getting results Paul – let me know if you have any questions!

  37. Hi,

    I’m a very petite girl, I am 5 ft one weighing 7 stone 5.

    I am not all bone but just a just right average figure, I want to really tone my abs up!

    I am very much a gym freak!

    I go every day doing diff stuff from interval training on the treadmill, spinning, cross trainer or general running outside.

    I do 10-20 min abs a day.

    If time is on my side I’ll do dumbbell workout too, usually two-three times a week.

    I eat healthy, and have my one cheat day a week where I go crazy!

    This doesn’t effect me and keeps me on track and motivated!

    I sit in the bike in the gym thinking about Saturday nights pizza and chocolate brownie!!!

    1. Hi Sophie.

      Sounds like you’re absolutely smashing it in the gym – great job 🙂

      You’ve got my stomach rumbling with all this talk of cheat meals…

      1. Oh my whole comment didn’t show or the question haha!

        Basically with all the gym and how much I do weights (not everyday) would this protein be right for me?

        I am worried I’ll gain weight, and can I take this as a pre-workout drink as my job is hard and that’s all I can do at times.


        1. Hi Sophie.

          Increasing protein intake will help your muscles repair/recover after exercise – so supplementing a healthy diet with something like PHD Diet Whey will help you with your goals.

          As I’ve mentioned above in the comments, just remember this is a supplement and you should really avoid using it as an MRP.

          Make sure you are filling your diet with lots of whole foods, complex carbs, fruit and veg, etc – and use this diet whey as a snack between meals and post-workout for refueling.

          Regarding your last question, this is not a pre-workout supplement – if you’re looking for something to perk you up before exercise I would simply recommend good old caffeine.

          Let me know if you have any more questions.

  38. Hi, I started the gym last week.

    I’m a student nurse so get a lot of stress and would drink 3-4 nights a week.

    Well I have started the gym:

    I go Mon, Wed, Fri at 6.30am for an hour workout:

    30 mins interval style cardiovascular
    5 mins on bike as warm up plus stretches
    10 min speed interval on treadmill
    5 min row machine,
    15 min speed interval x trainer

    I then do resistance/strength training on push/pull/core and leg muscles.

    There’s 8 resistance style machines in use to work my whole body

    I then do:

    10 squats x 3
    Push up ups 3 x 4 reps
    Ab crunch with a ball 10 x 3

    I was recommended to use a Whey Diet as I’m 16 stone OMG!!

    Is it a good idea to take it as I have cut alcohol and added sugars etc out of my diet?

    Upped my fibre and protien intake and reduced my carbs and sugars.

    1. Hi Lin, thanks for your comment.

      From a cardio perspective your routine looks great – lots of high intensity intervals, which is the most efficient way to get fit and loose weight.

      With regards to your weightlifting/resistance routine, I would cut out using the machines altogether and just focus on compound, free weight exercises instead (squat, deadlift, dips, pull ups, bench press, etc).

      This will hit so many more muscle groups so much more effectively – yes, you will be working harder, but your workout will be much more time efficient, cutting out all the unnecessary exercises.

      Accompany this excellent weekly routine with lots of whole foods and PHD Diet Whey to help with protein intake/recovery, and you’ll be well on the way to smashing your goals 🙂

      Let me know if you need any more advice.


  39. I’m thinking about starting to use PhD Diet Whey – could I use this as a meal supplement as in just have this instead of meals?

    If not any advice you can give?

    1. Hi Ben.

      I would definitely recommend AGAINST using a whey shake such as this as a meal replacement.

      This is a supplement and should be used as such – i.e. as a healthy snack between meals or to quickly refuel post-workout.

      Eat healthy, wholesome food and supplement where appropriate for a little help with reaching your goals.

      By all means use PHD Diet Whey as the very occasional MRP when eating a meal is not possible, but avoid this as much as possible.

      Let me know if you have any more questions 🙂


  40. Hi, my name’s Gill.

    I’m young 34 lol I weigh 10 stone & I’m 5ft 10inch.

    I workout 6 days a week from 7.30am until bout 11am.

    My workouts are a mixture of 1hr cardio, weight training & squats, pulley squats, etc.

    I have currently started on Matrix Diet Whey shakes, usually have 1 on route jogging to gym in the morning & 1 after I jog home.

    Do you think I should be having more?

    I have a healthy clean diet too… advice plz

    1. Hi Gill.

      Two shakes per day in addition to regular, high-protein meals is more than enough.

      If you’re looking to build lean muscle, then, as a guide, you should be aiming for 1.5 grams of protein per lb of goal body weight.

      Hope that helps – let me know if you need any more guidance.

  41. Hi, I’ve got an under active thyroid, can I use this to help me loose weight as I go running, spinning, weight lifting.

    I’m 5ft 4 in, currently 12 stone, being trying hard to shift weight since Jan, couldn’t quite understand why I was gaining weight, and am up 12 stone from 10st 9lbs, then realised my problem .

    1. Hi Neeta.

      Unfortunately an underactive thyroid can make it very difficult to loose weight.

      From conversations I’ve had with others suffering from hypothyroidism, the paleo/caveman diets can be very effective.

      More information here:

      So before messing around with protein shakes, I would give this approach a go and see how you find it.

  42. Hi,

    I’m doing my workouts every morning before my oatmeal breakfast after a cup of black coffee, and fasted cardio once a week, and also my eating habit is completely vegetarian.

    I bought Diet Whey today and my question is, should I keep eating my snacks as an apple and drink the protein as well?

    Or skip the snacks as fruits and drink the protein?

    1. Hi.

      Don’t skip anything – use PHD Diet Whey as a supplement to what you’re eating already.

  43. Hi there!

    I’m currently in the gym mixing weights with cardio, been at it 3 months now, I do 35/40 mins per day and so far all natural.

    I’ve noticed a great change in my shape.

    I’m now looking to build lean muscle rather than bulk – so more defined/toned than bulky.

    What’s my best option now with a supplement to enhance growth/performance?

    Thank you so much for you help,


    1. Hi Ben.

      If your goal is to get lean and ‘ripped’, then your diet will be the biggest contributing factor (alongside, ideally, a routine comprising compound lifts and HIIT).

      As a rough guide, ensure you are consuming approximately 1.5g protein per bodyweight pound and gradually dial down your carb intake, especially High GI and starchy carbs, while making sure you are consuming lots of healthy fats.

      Supplement-wise, go for any whey protein shake which will help you top up your daily protein intake.

      Also, something like PHD Diet Whey – which has added ingredients to expedite fat loss (CLA, green tea extract, etc) – would be helpful.

      Tick all these boxes, rest and sleep well, be consistent, and you will reach your goals.

      Hope that helps – let me know if you have any more questions 🙂


  44. Hi Henry.

    I’m a 20 stone 38 year old, a little loss isn’t what I’m after.

    I’ve just joined a gym but have no idea where to start nutrition wise.

    Obviously I’ve cut out the bad stuff but what would you recommend as a starting point?

    Using the PhD diet whey?

    My issue is that all the websites etc to help people get fit focus on toning up a little or getting rock hard abs etc whereas I need to start from the basics and there seems less advice for this.

    Where do you suggest I start?

    1. Hi Martin.

      If you’re looking to build a healthy, athletic physique, I would start by increasing your protein intake.

      As a guide, aim to consume, per day, 1.5g of protein per lb of body weight.

      Whole foods like chicken, turkey, beef, eggs, fish are ideal – and by all means supplement with a whey protein shake between meals to help you hit this target.

      Also make sure you are consuming lots of healthy fats (Omega-3s from fish etc) – aim for about 0.5g per lb of body weight.

      Carbs are a less important nutrient – indeed there are not, in fact, any essential carbs.

      Where possible stick with complex carbs such as oats, wholewheat pasta, rice, vegetables and gradually dial down your carb intake from about 1.5g per lb of body weight to 0.5g over the course of 4-6 weeks.

      The important thing here is to gradually lower carb intake – if you suddenly drop carbs altogether your body will go into emergency mode and put it’s most vital stores on “lockdown”.

      And, as fat protects the body’s vital organs, hanging onto fat stores becomes a foremost priority!

      So, to summarise, consistently consume good quality protein and fats (avoid anything that’s been processed) while gradually lowering carb intake – and eat your greens!

      This will maintain lean muscle while losing body fat.

      Hope that helps as a starting point!

      Let me know if you have any more questions.


      1. Thanks Henry, really appreciate the advice.

        In terms of gym training what do you suggest?

        I’ve read a lot about HIIT but so far have just been doing work on the treadmill with cycling and some basic weights to get me started but not sure whether the HIIT road would be better.

        Any suggestions bearing in mind I’m new to all this 🙂

        1. Unless you are training for an endurance race or genuinely enjoy steady-state cardio (there are some that like nothing better than a long steady run, me included!), then I would prescribe a strict diet of interval training, as it is the quickest, most efficient way to get fit and burn fat.

          We’re talking hill sprints, track sprints, boxing, spinning, etc, etc.

          Combine this with a weightlifting routine solely comprising the basic compound lifts (squat, deadlift, pull-ups, rows, dips, bench), as these are the only exercises you will ever need to build muscle and strength.

          As a starting point, I would recommend a beginner friendly routine such as:


          If you have any more questions, just ask away!


  45. I work in IT so basically sit on my fat arse fixing computer problems.

    Decided to try this out, I am a regular gym goer and do decent amount of cardio by playing squash as well as gym every week.

    It’s been one day so am hoping after few weeks I notice a difference.

    What should I be doing the gym in addition to playing squash and having this shake?

    1. Hi Kash.

      In the gym you should exclusively focus on the main compound lifts – squat, deadlift, bench press, pull-ups, dips, rows.

      These are the most efficient exercises and the only ones you will ever need to build muscle.

      Forget about isolation and ‘vanity’ exercises, such as curls, lateral raises, and all those other gym rat favourites, as you will simply be wasting your time.

      In addition, if your goal is to get lean, I would add in some more high intensity cardio sessions a few times per week, such as sprinting or boxing, in addition to playing squash.

      This should help – but let me know if you have any more questions.


  46. I tried a Herbalife shake for a 3 day trial, but found the reps way too obsessive about super exercise and clean eating.

    I go to spin every lunchtime during the week and do park runs at the weekend with bike ride.

    Am now aiming for 2 full body strength training sessions to compliment.

    I need to lose about 3 stone, and thought this might work as a half meal replacement for breakfast, adding in a few almonds and banana.

    I’ve had the strawberry which I liked and then bought the Cherry Bakewell and Belgian Chocolate.

    The cherry is very thick and I used about 300mls of water… the chocolate is better, though strawberry is still my favourite.

    I bought from Monster but will try to get it cheaper elsewhere… loved your review.

    Incidentally, I have IBS and found that the Flaxseeds in this help tremendously… I was a little worried as in the past they made things worse.

    1. Hi Heather, thanks for your comment.

      With all that cardio and strength training, I should think your bang on track to some excellent results!

      Let me know if you need any help or have any questions 🙂


  47. Hi,

    I’ve been using the PHD whey bars as recommended to me, I was just wondering what your thoughts on them were please?

    Would I be better off with the powder or carry on with the bars?

    I’m doing exercise 5 days a week, including kickboxing, interval training, squash and weights/gym.

    Thank you in advance.

    1. Hi Joanne.

      Thanks for your comment.

      As far as I’m aware, there’s not really much difference in content between the shake and the bars.

      Bars are great for convenience, but it’s much more cost-effective to use shakes.

      Let me know if you have any other queries.

    1. Hi Lucy, thanks for letting us know, a real bargain!

  48. I’ll make the point first that I am definitely no gym buff or diet expert.

    However, I have been using the Belgian Chocolate one since Jan 2015 and it is fantastic.

    I use it soley for a post-workout protein boost, but I find this is one of the best supplements I have tried.

    Taste and texture are phenomenal.

    It tastes like a chocolate milkshake – tip, for a very filling boost on the go, throw some frozen vanilla yoghurt in there and blend (tastes like a McDonalds choc milkshake).

    I also take PhD L-Carnitine and PhD StimFree Weight Management supplements, but this is only recent.

    I attend the gym 3 times a week and I have lost (and kept off) 2 stone since March.

    This is not a fad fat burner or diet plan, this is a lifestyle change.

    The shake helps keep those cravings at bay, and used with skimmed milk is a healthy alt to a sugary snack.

    I have found, though I am no expert, that this shake works best alongside HIIT training 3 times a week and general weight training 2-3 times a week.

    Ive actually just recommended my partner to the PhD women’s stuff.

    Now, as far as I know, PhD is studied by an R&D team as normal, and is endorsed by some randoms from Towie or Chelsea or something.

    But it is by far the best on the market for dieting and trimming down and before I started it I had a friend who has a MSc in Health Nutrional Science look at it and asked my Doctor.

    Plus it was recommended to me by every trainer in my gym.

    It can be steep, but in comparison it wipes the floor and is well worth it.

    Buy small then buy in bulk when happy.

    Finally, I would say, everything I have tried of PhD is top standard, and I have tried things like Grenade, Myprotein and other protein supplements.

    1. Hi Dan, thanks for your comment – glad to see you’re getting some awesome results!

  49. Hi.

    I was told that if you use milk instead of water that’s just adding fat?

    1. Hi Kat.

      If you’re trying to cut down your fat/calorie intake, just used skimmed milk or water, it’ll still taste great!

  50. Hey, I just wanted your advice, currently have a whopping 7 stone to lose, I have cut my carb intake down and have just ordered PHD shakes in vanilla and just wanted to see if what I am doing with cardio and weights is even right and OK?

    Monday – spinning
    Tuesday – in the gym squats, cross trainer, treadmill (1 hour) or spin
    Wed – kettlecide
    Thursday – spin
    Friday – insanity training (sometimes have missed this)
    Sat – Spin

    Any help or tips would be fab, as I’m really determined and will literally take anything on board to achieve my goals xx

    1. Hi Nickki.

      For you gym session, I would forgo the steady state cardio (cross trainer/treadmill) and factor in some more compound lifts, such as deadlift, dips, chin-ups, rows, overhead press, bench press, etc.

      These exercises will give you a much better bang for your buck when it comes to building lean muscle and burning calories.

      Other than that, provided your are consistent with your diet and training, you should see some great results with this regimen!

  51. Hi this product sounds great!

    I’m looking to lose fat/weight but keep my muscle and lean out.

    I’ve been told if I want to lose weight I need to burn more calories than I digest so would this be good as a meal replacement (e.g. breakfast) AND after a workout as I workout about 5/6 times a week.

    1. Hi Elenia.

      Personally, I would never recommend a using a protein shake as a regular meal replacement.

      Instead, focus on getting all of your nutrients from real, wholesome food and supplement with a protein shake between meals to boost your daily protein intake, which is key to building lean muscle.

      This, IMO, is a much healthier and sustainable approach.

      Let me know if you have any more questions – and good luck with your goals!

  52. I would like to ask if I could take PHD Diet Whey while I breast feed.

    I would love to start exercising and be fit again.

    My baby is 6 months old now.

    Thank you.

    1. I don’t see why not – but please consult a GP, as I’m certainly not qualified to answer that.

  53. I would like to know if this product would work without exercise as I’ve got ME.

    I eat healthy and do more than I can work, but need to lose a bit of weight.

    1. Hi Sam, if you’re not exercising, then supplementing your diet is just going to add calories, and I would certainly never suggest replacing your meals with a shake as it simply isn’t sustainable long term.

      Just focus on eating healthy, wholesome meals.

  54. Old thread I know.

    However I have been through all of the PHD diet whey flavours.

    Strawberry is good, Belgium Chocolate brilliant, Mint Chocolate (fantastic), chocolate orange, not bad but got sick of it after 4 shakes.

    Vanilla is awesome, Chocolate Peanut, hate it, it tastes of coffee, white chocolate is terrible.

    Banana is nice, Cherry Bakewell is fantastic.

    Best flavours: Cherry Bakewell, Belgium Chocolate, Mint chocolate.

    I make flapjack/protein bars with it.

    I am currently on a low carb diet, I take two PHD Diet whey shakes a day, as well as two low carb meals.

    PHD diet whey is like having a gastric band fitted, stops me eating rubbish.

    I am 43, menopausal, I lost nine stone, put on 21lb back, shifted most of it thanks to PHD diet whey, along with weight training three times week, running twice and eating properly.

    You can buy it on Amazon for £16-£18 for 1Kg bag.

    I have a cupboard with my four favourite flavours, and change flavours every time.

    1. Hi Gail, thanks for your comment!

      I haven’t tried all of the flavours, so I’ll consider your ratings when I put in my next order!

  55. I’ve been going to the gym for a year four times per week.

    The gym instructor told me that I should increase my protein intake, at least two scoops per day, if I want to lean my abs.

    Is that the right amount?

    I weigh 92kg, height is 1.83mt.

    I found this deal online but I don’t know if it is worthy.

    Thank you

    1. Hi Mark.

      You need to look at your daily protein intake – not how many scoops per day.

      Daily, I typically recommend 1.5kg of protein per pound of bodyweight.

      So use whey protein as a supplement to help you hit this daily target.

  56. Just bought a tub of 2kg Belgium Chocolate, bargain price £30 from Costco.

    Was surprised at taste, really nice compared USN Diet Fuel which I had to throw away.

    Grab yourself a bargain at Costco!

    1. I bloody love Costco – some silly bargains on offer!

  57. Just got a 2kg tub for £26.99, amazing value.

  58. Hi, you alright Henry?

    Just need a little advice, I’m in a profession where I’m sitting down for about on average 7 hours a day 7 days a week in a car.

    I’m in good shape but could do with losing a little bit of fat, therefore I’m eating healthy, roughly three meals a day:

    • Morning – three boiled eggs and two toast.
    • Afternoon – brown rice, salmon, two boiled egg and salad.
    • Evening – maybe chicken and veg.

    I normally take a protein shake after I train, weight training days are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and occasionally Sunday.

    Wednesday I play football so I count that as my cardio.

    Roughly try and work each muscle twice a week.

    Also I train in the evening after being sat all day.

    I can see that my metabolism has started to slow down a little and therefore want to keep in top shape.

    What else could I possibly do to trim down but at the same time gain lean muscle (size)?

    • Age – 23
    • Height – 5’9
    • Weight – 10 st



    1. Hi Jazzy, thanks for your comment.

      Your diet seems completely on-point – provided you aren’t sneaking any sneaky sugary snacks in there!.

      So, for starters, I would simply try upping the intensity of your workouts to get more bang for your buck.

      Time to shock the hell out of your body!

      For example, you could try: high-rep squats, prowler pushes, barbell complexes, farmer’s walks, heavy kettlebell swings.

      These exercises should take you well out of your comfort zone and have you begging for mercy!

      Give them a go and let us know hoe you get on!

  59. Hi Henry!

    I have recently started my PHD Synergy tub which I take post-workout only, being around 20:00 in the evening.

    I go to bed around 23:00-00:00 every day and I noticed I have problems falling asleep and also don’t go into “deep” sleep during the night from the day I started this.

    (I have taken 2-3 different days until now.)

    I am wondering if any other people experienced this in the past?

    Is it possible to be affected by the taurine included in the supplement keeping me alert and not falling asleep?

    I can see on the tub that this supplement is recommended as post-workout but of course do not know how much time before bed time that would be!

    Thanks Nemos

    1. Hi Nemos.

      I don’t have any experience with PHD Synergy myself, but, far from disrupting your sleep, the added zinc and magnesium (much like ZMA supplements) should actually improve your sleep (or so the boffins tell us).

      However, as with all ingredients of this ilk, and taurine, everybody responds differently, so I would advise listening to your body and to stop taking the supplement in the evenings.

  60. Hi.

    I have just bought this product but not sure if I should take it.

    As I cannot excersise due to ill health and I also take xenical fat binders along with carbblocker.

    What do you think?

    1. Hi Dee.

      If you’re not exercising then supplementing is only going to add calories to your diet, so I would not recommend this product – nor as a meal replacement either.

      Focus on getting everything you need from regular healthy meals.

      Let me know if you have any more questions.


  61. You punched a cat because it stared at you?

    What a stupid c*nt you are Henry.

  62. Hi, I know this post is pretty old now but just wanted to let you all know that I’ve just bought some in the Holland & Barrett penny sale, bought one lot and got the second for a penny… bargain.

    I bought this because I’ve recently become vegetarian but struggling to stay awake, having to sleep in the day time which is very unusual for me.

    I’m also anaemic so this new diet isn’t helping that much.

    I need the protein that this offers to keep my energy levels up and I’m about to take up running and am in training for Race for Life (if my energy levels increase).

    I wasn’t sure about this product but after reading your far-too-hilarious review, I’m feeling really hopeful now, so thanks for the tips, especially the milk one as wasn’t looking forward to mixing it with water!

    1. Thanks for your comment Emma – and good luck with your race!

      If ever you have any questions just get in touch 🙂

  63. I’m approx 74kg, 5’7″, 40 yrs old, am eating five to six times a day and protein intake is around 150-170g per day.

    My aim is to build muscle, I’m working on a four day split training sessions.

    I am taking Phd Diet Whey just one shake daily straight after working out.

    I am also doing around 20 mins bag work per day four to five days a week.

    Will I build muscle and lose body fat with this regime?

    All advice very welcome.

    1. Hi Tom.

      If you are consistent and don’t fall off the wagon then, yes, you will see results with this regimen.

      Remember that strong muscular physiques are built over years not weeks or months, so please be patient.

      But if you keep at it, you’ll be rewarded, I promise.

      One important caveat, however, is that while a split routine will yield initial results (“newbie gains”), they are, in the long term, far inferior to full-body routines which have you hitting the main compound lifts multiple times per week, allowing you to progress much more efficiently in terms of size and strength.

      Check out out some of our workout reviews for more info – and do let me know if you have any further questions.


  64. Hi guys,

    I’ve just brought 2kg Phd Diet Whey from Costco for about £28 with a free shaker.

    Bit gutted cos I brought a 1kg £32 from Holland & Barrett the day before.

    I’ve only just started using it as I’ve put a lot of weight on due to medication for depression and bipolar.

    I go to the gym every day, I do 1 hour plus cardiovascular and about 3/4 hr doing weights.

    Hopefully in a few weeks I will start to notice a change in my weight and muscle mass.

    If there’s any advice for me it would be much appreciated.

    Also do you think I should take the Diet Whey before I go to the gym?


    1. Hi Richard, thanks for stopping by.

      The advice I would give to you is to make sure you’re getting the most from each workout and not just spinning wheels.

      Cardio-wise, make sure you’re focusing on high intensity interval work (sprints, bag work, etc) which is much more effective at expediting fat lass and also more time-efficient.

      With lifting weights, make sure you’re focusing on the main compound lifts (squat, deadlift, bench press, rows, dips, pull ups, etc) as they will give you much more bang for your buck in terms of strength and muscle gain – and will also burn more calories and help with fat loss.

      Also remember that less is sometimes more.

      Three decent sessions per week (with lots of time to rest and recover) will, long term, be much more effective than seven mediocre sessions every week.

      Also, working out less will leave you more motivated to get back in the gym and you’ll probably enjoy your workouts a lot more.

      Hope that helps – and let me know if you have any further questions 🙂

      All the best with your training!

  65. Hi I’m training for a triathlon so I am doing a lot of cardio but pushing myself hard but also doing a small amount of weights.

    Should I be taking the Diet Whey as I would like to shift some more pounds?


    1. Hi Ben.

      Yes, any protein supplement will help with a strenuous regimen such as yours, as it’s an absolutely vital macro-nutrient for maintaining a healthy/fit body.

      If your goal is also to loose some extra weight, then I would absolutely recommend PHD Diet Whey, as it has a heap of extra ingredients to expedite fat loss.

  66. I was quite excited to hear about this product until I read that you punched a cat for staring at you.

    I certainly hope that you got reported for it.

    1. I didn’t get reported for that, but I did get reported for dropkicking on owl and then hammer throwing an otter over the roof of a local Burger King.

  67. Hey Henry.

    Recently I started going to the gym and I am thinking to buy this product.

    Before I purchase this product I would like to ask you a question which makes me think to buy or not.

    Nowadays I don’t have any weight problems also I don’t wanna get kilos and also wanna build a muscle body.

    Do you think this product is the best to purchase to achieve my goal?


    1. Yes, supplementing your diet with added protein will aid muscle recovery and growth.

  68. Hello sir.

    Which flavour tastes better then all?

    1. Vanilla is the tastiest IMO

  69. Hi!

    Can I take it 2 times a day?

    Like for snacks after breakfast and before bed?

    Or 1 time per day is enough?

    Thank you!

    1. As many as is necessary really.

      Try to think in terms of meeting your daily quotient, which should be around 1 to 1.5g of protein per pound of bodyweight.

  70. Hi, I’ve been taking the vanilla flavoured Diet Whey in a smoothie along with 2 bananas and coffee every morning for breakfast for over a year now.

    It keeps my bowel regular after I had a bowel op over 2 years ago.

    I look forward to taking it and miss it if I don’t have it.

    I occasionally swap the bananas for blueberries omitting the coffee.

    I’m 66 years old so the only exercise I do is walking but I’m always busy during the day.

    Should I be doing more ?

    1. I would always recommend more exercise – but if you’re doing as much as you can and eating well, then that is absolutely fine.

  71. What do you know about the PhD meal replacement powder is that any good/good idea?

    Or is it better to take the Diet Whey between meals as you previously recommend rather than replacing an entire meal with it?

    1. Hi Nikola.

      I would always advise against relying on meal replacement shakes to lose weight.

      They’re not a sustainable option and starve your body of essential calories/nutrients, which, more often than not, will send your body into an “emergency state” where it clings on to body fat instead of burning it.

      Instead, take a protein shake, such as this one, between meals to get your daily protein intake to around 1 to 1.5g per pound of bodyweight.

  72. Hi,

    Have just started my gym a month ago and used to earlier have my routine running and excercise.

    Now I wish to go for good muscular body, I’m aged 27 years and weight is 88kg with 6 feet height.

    Would like to know with your experience which PHD protein – should I opt for it to grow my muscles better and more strengthening?

    1. Hi Dilawar.

      Certainly – I would always recommend supplementing a diet with protein if your goal is to gain muscle.

  73. Hi,

    Last year I lost 4 stone.

    I walk at least 15k steps a day & count calories.

    I’ve just started back doing work out DVDs yesterday.

    30 Day Shred.

    I’m 29, female & 10st 2, 5’6″.

    I won’t be able to do the DVDs everyday, but I will be walking everyday.

    I’m weaker now due to no strength training during weight loss.

    I want to get my strength back, but not bulk up.

    I need to lose sagging skin.

    Is PhD for me?

    Please & thanks

    1. You need to engage in resistance/weight training – otherwise supplementing with a protein shake will not help build muscle.

  74. Hello!

    Just purchased these shakes as a kind of kick start.

    I have food issues, and believe me when I say I have tried every single ‘diet’ out there, and now after not being a club member of anywhere I am now heavier than when I gave birth to my daughter and my mind is a mess.

    I don’t want to replace meals long term, just the odd one here or there or even replacing snacks and being more mindful of my eating and drinking overall.

    I noticed on an earlier question you mentioned if replacing meals too often your body effectively shuts down and goes into shock.

    My question is as someone who is fast approaching 40, what is a recommended amount of calories to be taking onboard?

    Currently I exercise by skating 2/3 times a week and the odd gym session with weights when I have time.

    There is so much info out there and my poor head is filled with so much misinformation on nutrition.

    I’m desperate to get out of this awful cycle.

    1. Personally, I would advise not getting too hung up on calorie counting or sticking to diets.

      Just keep it simple – have three wholesome meals a day with lots of meat, poultry, fish, fruit and veg.

      Avoid snacking on rubbish, drink lots of water, exercise regularly, and get 8-9 hours sleep every night.

      It’s really as simple as that – you just need to be consistent!

  75. I’ve just bought PhD Diet Whey (Belgian Chocolate flavour) to help me get a protein rich start to my day when I’m short on time.

    Tried it for the first time today and not liking how sweet it tastes.

    Any suggestions on how to cut the sweetness?

    1. Add more milk/water to dilute it further.

      Failing that, try a different flavour.

  76. Hi Henry.

    I’ve just picked up some of this stuff, haven’t tried it yet.

    My question to you sir is this –

    In times of desperation, what exactly is wrong with masturbating over trees?

    Is there a law against it or is it simply frowned upon?

    Many thanks

    1. If you’re going to do it, at least choose something elegant like a Cherry Blossom or a mighty Oak.

  77. It sells in Cosco with a shaker for £30 no vat.

    1. Gotta love Cosco!

  78. Hi!

    It’s been 2 days since I’ve started this protein shake.

    I took the vanilla flavour as this was recommended.

    It tastes amazing.

    By the way I would like your opinion about my meals.

    Breakfast I have the shake with fruits.

    Lunch big plate of salad with something (like pasta with pesto and cheese only size of my hand).

    And the evening maybe a fruit again with the shake or salad and the shake.

    Gym I will start in 2 days, I was thinking to try to go 3-4 times per week if it’s possible because I don’t have a standard schedule.

    Should I try to go more?

    Btw apart from the vanilla do you suggest any other flavours?

    Because I will get bored.

    Thanks 🙂

    1. Can you tell me a little more about your goals first, what are you trying to achieve?

  79. Hiya!

    I could find it in Asda yesterday for £17.29/kg!!

    Good luck!!

    1. Thanks for letting us know!

  80. Holland and Barrett doing a 1kg bag £15 also matrix stores!!!

    1. Thanks for letting us know!

  81. Hi Henry, I’ve had a couple of packets of PHD Whey Protein in my cupboard for about a year but when I went to make a shake this morning, I noticed lots of black bits in it and it didn’t smell as good as it did when first opened.

    The expiry date isn’t until October 2017.

    I have the chocolate and vanilla flavours.

    Do you think this is still okay to use?

    I’m not sure if the black bits are weevils.


    1. If it fails the smell/taste test I would personally bin it.

  82. Hi!

    You’ve done the best informing report yet about this magnificent product it helped me a lot but had to stop during pregnancy because I read it’s not safe.

    Do you have any idea if it’s OK whilst breastfeeding then?

    1. I don’t see why it wouldn’t be OK, but consult a doctor if you’re worried.

  83. Love it… been on this for 16 days whilst remaining quite active and before I’ve actually started proper jogging, hiit and training.

    I use it twice a day with one main meal have lost shit loads of weight already.

    Don’t feel hungry… love it!

    1. Great to hear it, feel free to get in touch if you have any questions!

    2. Hi how long in total did you use it as a meal replacement and what were your results 🙂

  84. I am 63 and bought this to aid losing weight after reading this I think i bought wrong product.

    I am on my feet all morning as a cook and are going to start on my rowing machine is this enough to lose weight?

    1. To lose weight you simply need to be consuming less calories than you burn.

      If this is adding calories to your diet, it will do the opposite…

  85. Hi, I’m a keen cyclist & have been recommended PHD Diet Whey to supplement the calorie burn.

    I don’t actually want to lose too much weight.

    Ideally maximise the muscle building.

    Not going for the Froome physique… more a sprinter physique.

    Does this fit the bill?


    1. Anything that keeps you away from a caloric deficit will stop you from losing weight.

      If this shake is convenient for you, go for it.

      And if you want to maximise muscle gain, lift weights.

      1. First class Henry! Cheers.

        1. No worries, glad to help.

  86. This is by far one of the best reviews I’ve read.

    You are wasted peanut shovelling and should write a book.

    Loved the review!!

  87. I bought 1 kilo bags from Holland & Barrett in the following flavours (which I believe is currently the full set!) for £13.49 per bag less 20% discount.

    I haven’t tried them all yet but some of these flavours make me salivate before I’ve even tried them!

    I think I’ve got a protein shake fetish, although there are worse things to have a fetish about.

    I’ve lost five kilos this year, and the annoying bit of fat around my mid section is now just a memory.

    I would put my progress down to weights, cardio and counting calories via my fitbit, and not down to phd whey protein, but I like to think that it has definitely helped along the line.

    I used to add it to soya milk but that became expensive and finicky, so now I just add it to cold water.

    The first two or three gulps were less creamy to the taste, as you would expect, but since then I’ve never looked back.

    TBH like many on here I just love the taste!

    Strawberry delight
    Vanilla creme
    Chocolate and mint
    Belgian chocolate
    Salted caramel
    Chocolate peanut
    White chocolate and raspberry
    Birthday cake
    White chocolate
    Cherry Bakewell
    Chocolate orange
    Cookies and cream

    1. Cookies and cream where show me???

    2. Cookies and cream is not in motion?