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when should i take creatine and how much of it should i take? How do I retain the muscle mass??

I want to take creatine and whey protein, but i don’t know when i should take the creatine. I will take my whey IMMEDIANTELY after my workout, but im not sure about the creatine. Should i drink it with water, or poweraid, or what? Should I take it before my workout or after with my whey? How much should I be taking and on what days? Just workout days or every day?

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You should take creatine after your workout, that worked best for me. Be sure when you mix it you take it immediately, or it will break down and you will lose the benefits of it by urination.

If I stop taking creatine but still workout the same and start using whey will I lose muscle?

I’ve been taking creatine for about 3 months. Thanks in advance

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It will look like you’re losing muscle, but you’re actually losing extra water weight that’s being carried in your muscle because of the creatine. As long as you eat protein that’s 1g/bw, you won’t lose any muscle.

Is creatine safe to take if your underge?

Im 14 5’5″ and weigh 122. I lift and run but I want to take creatine. Is taking pills better than the powder? Does it stunt any type of growth? What are the risks of taking it? Oh and what creatine is the best one to take?

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It is a safe substance for almost any body to supplement with. .. No it doesn’t stunt your growth…. What method of ingesting creatine is up to you and your preference. It seems that in pill form it can have a slow release factor along with a more instant dose…otherwise I prefer the powder for fast absorption. Most creatine supplements provide a scooper that will give several hundred times more creatine than exists at any point of time naturally in the body without the product. Skip the loading phase and use a spoonful at any given time and you can keep the dose low enough that you can use it for an extended period of time without becoming reliant plus, you will get more out of it. The risks are slim and any findings have not been consistent. The highest possible side effect of using creatine is an increase in skeletal muscle strength. There are those who believe that it also increases fat- this is wrong, too much food translates to more fat. You will want to drink lots of water for optimum performance (it is pointless to use a supplement to enhance performance when you are not optimally hydrated either). You want at least 96 ounces of water. There are so many creatine suppliments on the market but i will share a few bits of information of powder forms. With protein- powerfull combination that includes fast recovery and enhances muscle growth. With Sugar- Aside from the energy gained from sugar, this combination allows a higher dose of creatine to be taken by increasing the rate of absorption thus, allowing you to use heavier weight and gain more muscle. Side note: Creatine can be supplimented with to aid in gaining muscle when cutting back on calories to lose fat.

Does creatine actually work or should I use something else?

I am 5′ 10″ and 140lb. Although I’m mostly lean muscle, that’s pretty thin. I want to bulk up fast and I have the work rate and motivation to do so. I was looking at creatine. Some people say it makes you bloated, and some people said the volumization eventually helps with gaining lean muscle. Does it really help with muscle and strength gains? If not, what better alternative is there? Thanks so much in advance. Also, I am 17.

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Read some of the reviews here, they should answer your question. http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%3Fie%3DUTF8%26x%3D0%26ref_%3Dnb_sb_noss%26y%3D0%26field-keywords%3Dcreatine%26url%3Dsearch-alias%253Daps&tag=385-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=390957 It’s also of note, studies have shown that creatine monohydrate (versus other types of creatine) is the best.

What is the right way to use creatine?

I’m taking a small doseage…2.5 grams. They are in a pill, not a mix. I’ve been taking it for only a week, and I take 2 pills (as directions instruct) in the morning with my multi-vitamin. Should I be taking the creatine closer to the time I work out (in the evenings before bed), or is what I’m doing fine?

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dont listen to davo, or else your liver will shut down in year. take one in tha mornin w/ tha vitamin and take 2 about 15 mins b4 workin out. for best results eat at least 30+ grams of protien after workout.

Why can’t I see a distinct definition line b/w my deltoid and bicep?

What I mean is that U-shaped shadow (right between the bottom of the deltoid and top part of the side of the arm/bicep) of definition that really shows how cut you are. Instead, my arms is just buff and muscular without showing that definition. I’m not overweight by any means – actually really toned. Does this just mean I should do more cardio and lose some fat so the definition shows?

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There is a genetic component to muscle shape but likely you are still carrying extra fat in that area. Reduce body fat %, cut your sodium intake to get any excess glucose out of your white fat cells and take creatine to pull water into your muscle cells.

Can I take Creatine HCL with caffeine?

I drank a large 2 sugar 2 cream coffee in the morning at around 8 am. It’s 12 PM and I want to take Con-Cret Cratine HCL before I go to the gym. Is this okay? will it give side effects? will my creatine still be effective?

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Considering the timeframe, I’m willing to bet you’ve either taken it and figured it out or skipped it. 😉 Caffeine doesn’t interfere with Creatine or vice versa, but both are for energy so some people may get jittery (and have a crash afterward) if they took both together… your body will tell you if you can handle it after you take them together. Either way, it’s not good to take so many energy boosters that you feel jittery on a regular basis so I wouldn’t do it on purpose if you can avoid it. Good luck and I hope I helped!

What can I also take along with creatine monohydrate?

Im gonna start taking creatine monohydrate. I have already tried jack3d and kre alkaline, so i’m gonna give this a spin. What other supplements can I combine with this (I am already taking multi vitamins). My overall muscle building goal is to gain about 10-20 lbs in lean muscle, while keeping a cut tight look, by summer. Any suggestions? I usually get my stuff from GNC.

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If your still taking the kre-alkalyn your need to adjust your dose so your don’t exceed 15g of kre-alkalyn and creatine mono a day. The multi vitamins your taking are a waste of money simply put. I suggest taking a good whey protein and good pre-workout (like jack3d).. I recommend Optimum Nutrition 100% whey and BSN N.O. Xplode 2.0 As far as getting your stuff at GNC your throwing money away. You can get the same stuff a lot cheaper at Bodybuilding dot com or Amazon dot com. Even if you have a GNC gold card it’s still cheaper at those two places.

Do the strength gains you get from creatine go away after you stop taking it?

I have been taking creatine for a couple weeks and am noticing some gains. But, I was talking to a guy when I was lifting and he said that he tried it for a while and his bench kept going up. But after he got off it, it went down by 25 lbs. Will this happen for everyone?

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Creatine doesn’t make you stronger, it just helps your muscles to repair much more quickly after working out. The reason you seem to lose strength is because your muscles stop repairing so quickly and so when you work out you might not have quite recovered from your last workout, leaving you able to do less.

Can I continue to take Creatine and Amino acids while taking Amoxicilan?

I am taking protien creatine and amino acids. I have a cold and the Dr. gave me amoxicilan. Should I stop taking the creatine and amino’s?

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I wouldn’t think so. It’s all stuff you’d get in your food anyway. You should cycle the creatine though, you probably already know this, but if not, every three months of using creatine, take a month off from it, then continue for another three months. If you don’t cycle your creatine you could wind up with health problems later in life. And to the guy above me, why would you say they should lay off the protein? Makes no sense to me.