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    Creatine and weight gain.

    I recently started taking MusclePharm's Assault. I love it. It's a big help for my workouts. I go longer and harder. The problem is I'm trying to get leaner and I've gained 11 pounds in the two weeks I've been using Assault. This happens to me when I use creatine, one of the ingredients in Assault. Is there anything you use for pre-workout that produces results without creatine? Thanks.
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    Creatine will cause you to add a bit of water weight, but will not make you gain fat. So why would you want to stop taking creatine?
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    Just back off your dose to reduce bloating. Not everyone needs 5g 1-2 times a day. It'll build up and do it's thing at much smaller doses.
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    The article link below may help you to understand creatine and its effects a bit better.It is highly unlikely an 11lb weight gain in two weeks is attributable to creatine dosage.

    http://examine.com/supplements/Creatine/#summary_full

    Recommended dose is 3 to 5 grams a day,and once your body reaches saturation level,any excess will be excreted.
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    To answer the original question, yes, there are other pre-work out formulas with less or even no creatine.

    Force Factor - no creatine.

    Cellucor C4 - 1gm creatine.

    MusclePharm Assault = 5gm creatine.

    BTW - I'm switching to MusclePharm Assault as soon as my C4 runs out, just for the added creatine.
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    Creatine causes me to bloat badly as well, but a week or so off of it and it all goes away. I am using gaspari's size on right now and can tell a big difference in my waist. Once it runs out I will stay off of it for a while.
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    Originally Posted by Hujombo View Post
    I've gained 11 pounds in the two weeks I've been using Assault.
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    Originally Posted by pvsampson View Post
    The article link below may help you to understand creatine and its effects a bit better.It is highly unlikely an 11lb weight gain in two weeks is attributable to creatine dosage.

    http://examine.com/supplements/Creatine/#summary_full

    Recommended dose is 3 to 5 grams a day,and once your body reaches saturation level,any excess will be excreted.
    That link is solid.
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    Originally Posted by Hujombo View Post
    I recently started taking MusclePharm's Assault. I love it. It's a big help for my workouts. I go longer and harder. The problem is I'm trying to get leaner and I've gained 11 pounds in the two weeks I've been using Assault. This happens to me when I use creatine, one of the ingredients in Assault. Is there anything you use for pre-workout that produces results without creatine? Thanks.
    I had a similar issue so i stopped taking pre workouts completely and bought a bottle of 200 mg caffeine pills. Some combinations just make some folks retain fluid.
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    Originally Posted by EB68 View Post
    Creatine causes me to bloat badly as well, but a week or so off of it and it all goes away. I am using gaspari's size on right now and can tell a big difference in my waist. Once it runs out I will stay off of it for a while.
    creatine + excess carbs in the form of desserts = waist bloat for me.
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