Thinking more of your circumstances...Thanks for all the replies so far
I'm pretty thin and been working out but no significant gains. So, if I use creatine, my muscle will be loaded with water, thus making it bigger. But after I stop using creatine (I definitely dont plan on using it for long term) will I lose everything?
I just want a plateau... something to start with.
Main concern is ......what will happen after i stop taking it?
If I had to choose between creatine vs protein supplement use, for permanent muscle gains, adequate protein is a MUST and creatine use is definitely optional. There are three aspects to permanent muscle gains: workout, nutrtion, and rest. Lots of people think the workout is "bodybuilding". This is not quite true. The workout is breaking down of muscle. The building part is proper feeding and rest so the muscle can grow. So, if you lack any of the three, you will not see the gains you are looking for in the period of time you would expect. So...nutritionally...
Daily protein intake rule of thumb (ROT): 1 gr protien per lb of body wt (eg, you weigh 150 lbs, that's 150 gr protein per day). Then...
...round out the rest of your daily diet based on following ROT:
45% Protein + 35% carbs + 20% fat = 100% daily food intake
Check progress then adjust as needed. For example, if you think you need more protein, eat more as well as boosting carbs and fat too; you see good muscle growth but fat accumulation too, try cutting carbs and increasing protein, etc. Also, a very critical time for nutrient intake is right after the workout. If you don't feed the muscles you just worked, you body will take what it needs from other parts of your body! So, at the very least right after workout, take some protein and some carbs too.
As for the workouts...create a split that hits the body parts hard once every 3 to 4 days which amounts to twice a week (the rest period are the days between working out of the body parts).
...lots more to say...no need for more from us here in a forum...LOTS of books and websites will tell you how to do this.