There’s a few fitness buzz words I cannot stand.
High on the the list is “superfood”.
The idea that one food can fix an entire diet is absurd.
Functional is another word.
And I love strength training, but this word has been over-used to the point where it’s now meaningless.
However, the cream of the crop; Tone.
I had to grit my teeth just saying it.
Which brings me nicely to this week’s supplement review, where I’ll be taking a look at The Good Guru Muscle And Tone Diet Whey, and running it through my deliberately harsh supplement rating system.
No product has ever earned full marks, and here’s an indication of where this one is going…
The Problem With “Tone”
Before I proceed, I’ll explain why I have such a hearty disliking of the word “tone”.
You see, your muscles are capable of doing two simple things:
- They can grow (hypertrophy)
- They can shrink (atrophy)
They absolutely, 100% cannot tone.
How “toned” you look, ultimately depends upon how much body fat you are carrying at the time. That is all.
The word is commonly used by supplement companies to sell products to women who have previously been fed bulls**t lies that lifting weights and drinking whey protein will turn them into an angry lumberjack.
Pay close attention to the wording on the page:
“… will ensure you reach your goals, if you are on a calorie controlled diet.”
You know what else is good for weight loss when used as part of a calorie controlled diet?
Because your calorie controlled diet is literally all that matters for weight loss. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
So please ignore The Good Guru’s claims that they have specially formulated this product to provide “muscle and tone, without the unwanted fat gain”, because if you eat too many calories, you will still of course gain body fat.
Although, to be fair to The Good Guru, the sales page could be worse. It used to contain advice like this:
Back when the product was available under its original name (Slim & Tone), it featured the silly advice above that you could easily lose weight without exercise or a controlled diet.
So maybe we should be thankful that at least they’ve removed this nonsense after the re-branding.
The Good Guru Muscle And Tone Review
Now I feel bad…
I mean, provided you’re not a Juice Plus rep, I’m a pretty nice guy.
But today, I’ve savaged this product before we’ve even opened the damn tub. So when we pop the hood and take a look what’s inside the formula, I promise to go a little easier.
So in each 50g serving, you will get:
- 16g protein
- 16.7g carbohydrates
- 1.6g fat
Okay… f**k this.
Nice Russ has left the room for good.
This gives Muscle & Tone Diet whey a 32% protein-per-serving ratio. This is currently the lowest ratio of any whey protein supplement I’ve ever reviewed.
Why are you buying your protein shake?
Chances are, it’s to get more protein into your diet… but when you discover that 68% of your scoop isn’t protein, that fact should slap you round the head like an emotionally unstable Nicole Kidman.
To make matters worse, a total of 16 grams of protein just isn’t enough.
A good shake will provide you with 20-25 grams (for the optimal spike in muscle growth after training), and a protien-per-serving ratio of 75% or greater. (7)
To get above the protein threshold with The Good Guru whey, we’d need to take a double scoop – but that would present another issue…
Because, for a product aimed at the weight loss market, Muscle & Tone Diet Whey sure goes in hard on the carbohydrates!
I know, I know, they tell us that some of these carbs come from oats, which are “a superfood in their own right” (ugh), but this is simply wasteful.
Finally, we do have to talk about the price.
At £25 per 1kg tub, we would be better served to go with something like Myprotein Total Protein Blend, which offers a much better nutritional breakdown for a lower cost, and uses a variety of protein sources to offer different rates of amino acid release, as opposed to the plain old whey concentrate (milk) found in Muscle and Tone Diet Whey.
If we wanted to step up the quality even higher, we’d go with something like Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey.
This is how it would go in a fight:
But they’re not done there…
The Good Guru insist on throwing a proprietary blend of vitamins and amino acids into the mix, to improve performance and create even more fat loss!
This blend (doses not included) features all the usual suspects commonly found in diet whey supplements; green tea extract, zinc, CLA, guarana, glutamine, beta-alanine and creatine.
Some of these ingredients can be useful when taken in the proper amounts.
Vitamin C, for instance, can provide a range of health benefits. Zinc can help develop healtheir skin and hair. (11, 12, 13)
Then there’s the bulls**t “fat burners”; guarana, green tea extract, and CLA. All of which have been thoroughly debunked as fat burners. (7, 8, 9, 10)
Meanwhile, creatine and beta-alanine have good strength training benefits when taken in larger doses every day. (14, 15)
But by hiding the formula behind a proprietary blend, we have no indication of whether these ingredients are provided in sufficient doses to yield any positive results.
The Good Guru Muscle And Tone Diet Whey Review – The Final Verdict
Okay, it’s crunch time…
Time to put The Good Guru Diet Whey through my supplement rating system, and see how it stacks up!
As you can probably tell, I’m not a fan.
In a nutshell, here’s what we have:
- Too low in protein
- Too high in carbs
- A proprietary blend of secondary ingredients
- 32% protein per serving
Oh, but it’ gluten free?
Yeah, so’s my d**k.
The Good Guru Muscle And Tone Diet Whey receives one star.
You can check the product out here, but in my opinion, I’d give this one a miss and opt for one of those I linked above.
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