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Post-Cardio Workout Meal/Shake?


#1

What is suggested to take after doing cardio?
Would you bros recommend a whey protein shake? Or food?


#2

personally I just hydrate on water and then about 30-60 minutes afterwards I eat a meal. I tend to feel better doing that instead of taking a protein shake and fast digesting carb to “replenish depleted glycogen stores”. I think you should try both and see what works for you though.


#3

no need protein powder after doing cardio ! just eat what you eat on a daily basis


#4

thanks jag17 and bigmax.
but i have heard that after cardio, the sugar levels reduces so to keep them steady, shake should be taken.


#5

well if by sugar you mean glycogen there is truth to this but it all depends on what type of cardio you’re doing. Lets say you’re doing a steady state run you’re not going to be using as much glycogen as you would be if you were sprinting and this is a significant difference in how much glycogen is used. A lot of people will advise taking a protein shake 30 minutes post workout that has around 50g of protein and 40g of “fast reacting carbs…to refill glycogen stores”. I consider this more along the broscience side of things because in reality your glycogen expenditure isn’t going to deplete to that level where you’ll need a fast reacting carbohydrate right away (that is if you’re eating of course) but if you eat a meal post cardio you’ll not only be getting the protein and carbs but the other micronutrients that protein powders don’t contain. Again I think it would be best to try protein one week and a meal the next and see which works best for you as an individual.


#6

what is your ‘‘cardio’’ training ?