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    Should I take creatine everyday?

    Ok, So im new here and am kinda overloading with different info about how to take supps. I bought some Creatine Mono from GNC and i was wondering if I should take it everyday or just the days i workout. I am currently doing a 3 day full body split. Should i take it before and after workouts on those specific days or everday? Any help would be helpful.
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    5g every day would be an optimal dose for best results. (there has been some debate on this but I keep steady 5g/day everyday) I like to use it post-workout when my highest intake of carbs for the day is to help transport the creatine into the muscle.

    If you're just starting creatine and dosing 5g/day, expect to see results after about 2-3 weeks when you reach saturation.
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    Originally Posted by Giant_Killer View Post
    5g every day would be an optimal dose for best results. (there has been some debate on this but I keep steady 5g/day everyday) I like to use it post-workout when my highest intake of carbs for the day is to help transport the creatine into the muscle.

    If you're just starting creatine and dosing 5g/day, expect to see results after about 2-3 weeks when you reach saturation.
    Thanks for the help. that clears it up. What do you mean by saturation? So will i not see noticable result until after 3 weeks or what?
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    Your body will build up creatine stores over time until it reaches a saturation point. After that point, each dose simply "tops up" your creatine stores keeping them at peak.
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    some say only workout days but personally i like taking it everyday to help with my recovery...i also drink mine intra workout works the best for me.. hope that helps
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    Originally Posted by SHORTYguy59 View Post
    Ok, So im new here and am kinda overloading with different info about how to take supps. I bought some Creatine Mono from GNC and i was wondering if I should take it everyday or just the days i workout. I am currently doing a 3 day full body split. Should i take it before and after workouts on those specific days or everday? Any help would be helpful.
    Take it immediately post workout, I take 5 Grams of Micronized Monohydrate with 10 Grams of Branch Chain Amino acids and L-glutamine mixed in Gatorade.
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    Originally Posted by terracotta View Post
    Your body will build up creatine stores over time until it reaches a saturation point. After that point, each dose simply "tops up" your creatine stores keeping them at peak.
    Thanks. So will i gain more from the creatine over time? Are you saying it takes about 2-3 weeks for it to start working and producing gains in muscle and strength?
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    Originally Posted by SHORTYguy59 View Post
    Thanks. So will i gain more from the creatine over time? Are you saying it takes about 2-3 weeks for it to start working and producing gains in muscle and strength?
    Usually, yeah. A small amount of initial water weight can be common followed later by more tangible increases in strength in lower rep ranges and muscle cell volumizing as you are more "loaded" or "saturated".
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    Originally Posted by SHORTYguy59 View Post
    Thanks. So will i gain more from the creatine over time? Are you saying it takes about 2-3 weeks for it to start working and producing gains in muscle and strength?
    i've noticed better results taking creatine everyday. and i would load if only taking mono.
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    Originally Posted by Death Head View Post
    i've noticed better results taking creatine everyday. and i would load if only taking mono.
    So how do i go about loading? Ive heard that loading it is a waste because your body can only handle a certain amount at one time. The excess creatine gets lost and therefore is a waste. Is that true? Im also taking Muscle Milk Protein.
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    it's not a SIN if you skip a day or two of creatine. just make sure you stay properly hydrated on those days also.
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    Personally when starting up with creatine I like to load but that is up to you. However I would recommend taking it everyday at least 5g I take 5 before and after and 5g in the morning on non workout days.
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    Originally Posted by JayKL149 View Post
    Personally when starting up with creatine I like to load but that is up to you. However I would recommend taking it everyday at least 5g I take 5 before and after and 5g in the morning on non workout days.
    what is loading?
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    Originally Posted by SHORTYguy59 View Post
    what is loading?
    Taking 5g five separate times in a day for five days then from there you just take a normal dose of 5g once or twice a day.
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    Originally Posted by JayKL149 View Post
    Taking 5g five separate times in a day
    four separate times in a day.
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    Originally Posted by quank View Post
    four separate times in a day.
    for how long?
    Like 5 days or how long?
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