The past few days I have been trying protein shakes right after cardio. I do 45 mins on an elliptical and they are medium to hard intensity workouts (for me anyway). I am up to 4 miles in 45 mins. Anyway, so I am really working my lower body and can really feel my legs getting a good workout, so I figured a protein shake would help me.
My only concerns are that I have to substitute the shake for a meal. The shakes at Gold's are fom 300-600 calories. I have been drinking a shake for a meal and tweaking my diet so I get the calories I need, but is this a good thing? Do I really need protein right after my cardio?
You should try to get protein from every meal, so there's really no reason *not* to. And at 300+ calories, there has to be more than just protein in there, so you're likely getting a helping of carbs and fat as well.
ps. you could always bring a home made shake with the macronutrient ratios that YOU want to have.
Keep your body lean, your blood clean and your mind sharp. -Rollins