Creatine: Yes or No?

fearless1

Rookie
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?
Thinking more of your circumstances...

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.
 
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thefan

Professional
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.
Fearless, that makes sense, guess you're right, no one really NEED creatine.
And althought, there might not be any scientifically proven long term effects, just always having to worry about my health/creatine is a side effect to me.
Creatine...maybe oneday, but not now.
Thanks for the help
 

Ano

Hall of Fame
Well said again, fearless1 & tricky!!

Nice to have both of you on this board. I really like reading your posts, eventhough we don't agree on everything.
 

FiReFTW

Legend
Do you know where you get creatine from?

Thats right, food.

No point taking creatine if your diet is good it has plenty, same with bcaa's and so on.
 
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Deleted member 716271

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Creatine is good if you want to have a fat, bloated face.
 

sammyp99

Rookie
No point taking creatine if your diet is good it has plenty, same with bcaa's and so on.
I think the problem is its hard to get that much creatine in a normal or good diet? You'd have to eat a lot of meat which may be unpalatable for a lot of people.
 

Ramon

Legend
Do you know where you get creatine from?

Thats right, food.

No point taking creatine if your diet is good it has plenty, same with bcaa's and so on.
The recommended daily creatine dose for bodybuilding is 5 grams. To get that from food you’ll need 2 pounds of beef or 3 pounds of chicken daily. That’s an awful lot of meat!

How much do you think you’d pay for 32 oz of steak every day? I think I’m better off with the creatine supplement.


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