Creatine......

  • mybud

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    Jun 18, 2010 9:38 PM GMT
    I used to do the traditional loading of creatine......20 to 25 grams a day for a week....then 5 grams for 8 weeks....though reading I was told this was a waste...now I just load 5 grams daily......I kinda feel that my gains were better following the traditional way....I'm I just nuts?...Comments....Thanks....BUD
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    Jun 19, 2010 4:35 AM GMT
    If you are loading you should be hitting .35g per kg of body weight to kick off with, then down to .15g after a week, for 2-3 weeks- using 5g for maintenance outside of loading.

    The amount you load should be relevant to your body weight and composition and as with all supplements, listen to your body. What works for some people is not always best for another.
  • intruder

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    Sep 27, 2010 3:05 AM GMT
    I agree. You don't have to do the loading. But if you wanna see and feel the difference in a quick visually obvious way, loading seems to be the way to do it.
  • zenny

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    Sep 27, 2010 7:29 AM GMT
    Wait so you have to take creatine on op of your daily protein? I'm confuse ...please enlighten me.
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    Sep 27, 2010 7:49 AM GMT
    I don't ingest this stuff because I still don't understand it very well. icon_confused.gif

    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/animalpak22.htm

    Your kidneys tend to filter out the excess, which is why taking more than 5g can be a waste. (pun)
    Haha.


    As with everything... results will vary.
  • intruder

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    Oct 05, 2010 12:29 AM GMT
    zenny saidWait so you have to take creatine on op of your daily protein? I'm confuse ...please enlighten me.


    Creatine has an entirely different purpose than protein. So yes, you can take one with the other, and it even makes sense to do so. You can gain muscle without creatine, but not without protein. You can exercise longer and stronger with creatine, and you'll look more buff quicker.

    As A1EX said, your body will filter out a lot of creatine - but not all of it. For that reason, there are different formulas and strategies for counteracting that effect. Purple K or Pro K will give you the results you want without being filtered out by your kidneys before it gets a chance to do what you expect.

    A lot of people mention bloating from creatine. I have never in my life seen that occur. It helps your muscles hold more water - but get this - THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO! That should not be confused with bloating. Apparently some people do get gut-rot from having strong doses of it. I would just split up the dose through the day then. Your body naturally makes a certain amount of creatine itself, and you get a small dose of it every time you eat red meat. It is certainly not harmful as long as you don't take so much it irrates your stomach or over-taxes your kidney and liver function.

    Of all the supplements I have used, Creatine is one of the few that you notice the results quick enough to know it isn't placebo.
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    Dec 01, 2010 5:53 PM GMT
    I have been taking creatine in both the pill and powder (to mix) form. Lately (after two years) both have left me nauseous. Any suggestions?
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    Dec 01, 2010 5:55 PM GMT
    I stopped creatine and didn't notice any difference.

    Save your money. If you're eating a balanced diet, you're getting more than you need already.
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    Dec 01, 2010 10:25 PM GMT
    Paulin saidI have been taking creatine in both the pill and powder (to mix) form. Lately (after two years) both have left me nauseous. Any suggestions?


    Are you saying for the first two years you had no problems with it? The first time I tried it perhaps 15 years ago it made me sickly feeling and my friend as well so never used it again.. I bought some this past year and have been using it with no ill effects and have to say I think it does work somewhat.
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    Dec 02, 2010 3:35 PM GMT
    Yeah, I had no side effects for the first two years of usage. Go figure.
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    Dec 02, 2010 3:37 PM GMT
    I have to say I've been taking the Creatine pills since the summer and while I noticed an initial difference in my physique it no longer seems to do much for me. Still, I keep taking it just in case. I used to use Noxycut which definitely worked well for me (it's meant to be a mix of creatine and something else I think).
  • mybud

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    Dec 03, 2010 4:57 AM GMT
    I hear a lot of nays in regard to creatine but I got to say....My muscles are firmer....their appearance larger....I'm satisfied with the results thus far...BUD