I'm Going To Stop Taking Creatine, What Should I Expect?

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    Jan 02, 2012 10:46 PM GMT
    Hey realjockers,

    I am going to stop taking creatine, as stated, for one of my resolutions. I don't take a lot currently, but I am wondering what effect it's going to have on my body/physique. I hear that you kinda chunk up afterward, is this correct? Any thoughts on minimizing this?

    I also don't post much, apparently, and seem to have posted in the wrong section.

    Thanks,
    Luke
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    Jan 02, 2012 11:07 PM GMT
    Actually, creatine makes you chunk up. So if you're going to stop using it, you'll probably notice your muscles won't look as full. Also, you might lose a little strength/endurance. No biggie, you'll get over it quickly. Just continue to work out hard and eat right. Creatine isn't bad in itself. But I think it loses its effectiveness if you take it everyday for extended periods. For me, I like to take it once in a while to help get over a plateau.
  • disasterpiece

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    Jan 03, 2012 12:06 AM GMT
    Slight energy and mass decrease.

    Oh, and you won't be able to kill ants with your farts anymore.
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    Jan 03, 2012 12:31 AM GMT
    You will get moobs and all of your muscles will just fall off.
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    Jan 03, 2012 12:33 AM GMT
    At least 2 inches to your penis. Tops.
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    Jan 03, 2012 12:37 AM GMT
    Switch to Glutamine... it has the same volumizing properties as creatine, but it doesn't have the same tendencies towards muscle tears, it boosts your immune system and recovery and it is odorless, tasteless and veyr inexpensive. I love glutamine. Just a regular powder. it is the bomb
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    Jan 03, 2012 12:55 AM GMT
    Alpha_Muscle saidSwitch to Glutamine... it has the same volumizing properties as creatine,


    I'm pretty sure that isn't true at all. ;)
  • barriehomeboy

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    Jan 03, 2012 1:00 AM GMT
    You won't really notice a difference. It was all just marketing.
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    Jan 03, 2012 1:30 AM GMT
    barriehomeboy saidYou won't really notice a difference. It was all just marketing.


    Yeah, I can't say that I saw an impressive difference in the first place, but then again, I wasn't taking a lot.
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    Jan 03, 2012 2:09 AM GMT
    effen said
    Alpha_Muscle saidSwitch to Glutamine... it has the same volumizing properties as creatine,


    I'm pretty sure that isn't true at all. ;)


    Well, I knew this... but since you asked I googled it and it took all of 0.5 seconds to pull up a website showing that I was right.

    Marc Jennings article on mens-total-fitness.com (the first site I picked) said:

    According to a recent study, supplementing with just two grams of L glutamine daily increased growth hormones by over 400%! Finally, like creatine, glutamine may also promote cell volumization. Cell volumization is when water is drawn inside muscle cells which can help increase muscle fullness

    Lets see, professionalsupplements.net said:

    Glutamine- 60% of free form amino acids found in skeletal muscles is L-glutamine. Scientific studies have shown that glutamine supplementation can minimize the breakdown of muscle tissue and improve protein metabolism. Glutamine becomes essential under stress, such as an intense workout. If glutamine levels are low, the body will rob muscle tissue of glutamine and muscle break down can occur. Glutamine has proven itself as a powerful cell volumizer and helps muscle maintain cell hydration and blood volume. If you want to get bigger and recover faster you need glutamine before, during and after your workout!

    And to add to the above, I was a pretty elite level strength athlete for ten years. My own personal experience is that it was tremendously effective. You are a faceless torso.

    So.... you were saying? ;)
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    Jan 03, 2012 2:45 AM GMT
    Alpha_Muscle said
    effen said
    Alpha_Muscle saidSwitch to Glutamine... it has the same volumizing properties as creatine,


    I'm pretty sure that isn't true at all. ;)


    Well, I knew this... but since you asked I googled it and it took all of 0.5 seconds to pull up a website showing that I was right.

    Marc Jennings article on mens-total-fitness.com (the first site I picked) said:

    According to a recent study, supplementing with just two grams of L glutamine daily increased growth hormones by over 400%! Finally, like creatine, glutamine may also promote cell volumization. Cell volumization is when water is drawn inside muscle cells which can help increase muscle fullness

    Lets see, professionalsupplements.net said:

    Glutamine- 60% of free form amino acids found in skeletal muscles is L-glutamine. Scientific studies have shown that glutamine supplementation can minimize the breakdown of muscle tissue and improve protein metabolism. Glutamine becomes essential under stress, such as an intense workout. If glutamine levels are low, the body will rob muscle tissue of glutamine and muscle break down can occur. Glutamine has proven itself as a powerful cell volumizer and helps muscle maintain cell hydration and blood volume. If you want to get bigger and recover faster you need glutamine before, during and after your workout!

    And to add to the above, I was a pretty elite level strength athlete for ten years. My own personal experience is that it was tremendously effective. You are a faceless torso.

    So.... you were saying? ;)
    can i get glutamine at GNC??
  • mindandmuscle

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    Jan 03, 2012 2:55 AM GMT
    Isn't glutamine in a lot of the protein supplements? I checked mine and it said glutamic acid... is that glutamine? Also, creatine is an ingredient in many pre-and post workout supplements, so you may still be taking it even after you quit taking it straight.
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    Jan 03, 2012 2:59 AM GMT
    you probably were not taking it properly for it to be effective. It really works for most people
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    Jan 03, 2012 3:05 AM GMT
    jerseywoof saidyou probably were not taking it properly for it to be effective. It really works for most people


    Most likely, I wasn't wanting to take it in the first place simply because I'm just not into taking a ton of supplements, but my gym partner started doing it and bought an extra tub of this stuff. Turns out it had creatine among other things.

    A. I should probably research more before taking anything in the first place.
    B. I should probably actually read the label and follow the directions.
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    Jan 03, 2012 3:11 AM GMT
    Lesser fluid retention in the muscles.
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    Jan 03, 2012 3:26 AM GMT
    Creatine and Glutamine are not mutually exclusive supplements.
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    Jan 03, 2012 9:32 PM GMT
    charlitos saidCreatine and Glutamine are not mutually exclusive supplements.


    Nor are they completely interchangeable.
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    Jan 03, 2012 9:39 PM GMT
    For me--stopping creatine got rid of a lot of fluid and lowered my high blood pressure. I would never recommend using it to anyone.

  • Jan 27, 2012 2:32 AM GMT
    You wont see a huge difference. You may lose a couple pounds
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    Jan 27, 2012 2:44 AM GMT
    mindandmuscle saidIsn't glutamine in a lot of the protein supplements? I checked mine and it said glutamic acid... is that glutamine? Also, creatine is an ingredient in many pre-and post workout supplements, so you may still be taking it even after you quit taking it straight.


    Glutamic acid (aka glutamate) is a different amino acid.
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    Jan 27, 2012 2:48 AM GMT
    How much creatine do you guys consume in a day? I have about 5g before I work out.
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    Jan 27, 2012 2:56 AM GMT
    Alpha_Muscle said
    effen said
    Alpha_Muscle saidSwitch to Glutamine... it has the same volumizing properties as creatine,


    I'm pretty sure that isn't true at all. ;)


    Well, I knew this... but since you asked I googled it and it took all of 0.5 seconds to pull up a website showing that I was right.

    Marc Jennings article on mens-total-fitness.com (the first site I picked) said:

    According to a recent study, supplementing with just two grams of L glutamine daily increased growth hormones by over 400%! Finally, like creatine, glutamine may also promote cell volumization. Cell volumization is when water is drawn inside muscle cells which can help increase muscle fullness

    Lets see, professionalsupplements.net said:

    Glutamine- 60% of free form amino acids found in skeletal muscles is L-glutamine. Scientific studies have shown that glutamine supplementation can minimize the breakdown of muscle tissue and improve protein metabolism. Glutamine becomes essential under stress, such as an intense workout. If glutamine levels are low, the body will rob muscle tissue of glutamine and muscle break down can occur. Glutamine has proven itself as a powerful cell volumizer and helps muscle maintain cell hydration and blood volume. If you want to get bigger and recover faster you need glutamine before, during and after your workout!

    And to add to the above, I was a pretty elite level strength athlete for ten years. My own personal experience is that it was tremendously effective. You are a faceless torso.

    So.... you were saying? ;)


    OOOOO HE TOLD YOU!
    Really, would you doubt a guy whose ten times bigger than you? icon_confused.gif