Should i take whey after cardio?

pndep

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Ive recently been doing about 3 x speed training/intervals per week. My aim is to gain speed and lose weight. Is it recommended to take any form of protein shakes after such cardio activities given my goals?
 

Mercury

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You must make sure that you consume adequate amounts of both carbohydrates and protein (protein shakes can help you achieve this). If your energy stores become drastically depleted or you experience lactic acid buildup, you may suffer temporary muscle fatigue. If you do not refill your glycogen stores before your next workout, your body may begin breaking down muscle tissue for the protein it needs for energy.

Directly before workout, consume food of high glycemic indexes to keep blood sugar sustained at an appropriate level to allow you to train intensively for longer periods of time.
 

pndep

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hmm so does that mean i should take protein if i want to continue losing weight? usually i mix it with milk for the carbohydrates. not sure if thats going in the direction i want to.
 

PWiD

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How about you keep things simple and just drink it. It's not going to make you any less leaner that's for sure. If you're really so concerned about loss of lean mass just take a BCAA or what not during the duration of your cardio. Although I'm quite sure the whey protein can be invested elsewhere, e.g., in between meals or post-workout.
 

luXy

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hmm so does that mean i should take protein if i want to continue losing weight? usually i mix it with milk for the carbohydrates. not sure if thats going in the direction i want to.
you dont really gain weight (fat) from the protein itself, more of the excess carbs. the protein can help you with the recovery. to me some carbs for post workout shd be okay.
 

moose

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hmm so does that mean i should take protein if i want to continue losing weight? usually i mix it with milk for the carbohydrates. not sure if thats going in the direction i want to.
You lose weight being in a caloric deficit. Just make sure you're eating under your TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure) and get enough protein and essential fats.