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    Creatine make you look fat

    does creatine make you look fat? i know it can/may add 5-10 lbs of muscle but do you look fat
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    if you're trying to cut, don't be using creatine because it causes you to retain water, which is obviously a bad thing during a cutting cycle. however, along with gaining water weight, you will see increases in muscle mass and strength. use it for bulking, forget it while cutting.
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    i will start to cut when im off the loading phase right?
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    Originally posted by JarHeaD316
    i will start to cut when im off the loading phase right?
    Wrong. The loading phase is generally for 5 days x 20 grams per day to get creatine built up in your system. Then 5-10 grams per day (I like to use 5 grams pre & 5 grams post workout) for maintainance. You may notice an increase in exercise endurance/in other words you may get a couple extra reps while on creatine.
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    what is a "gut bomb" I heard creatine can cause this, but I don't know what it is, I can make a pretty accurate guess I think.
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    Originally posted by Machine
    what is a "gut bomb" I heard creatine can cause this, but I don't know what it is, I can make a pretty accurate guess I think.
    It affects people differently. I personally don't have that problem. (incidentally, I use Prolab "creapure" creatine) -gut bomb I assume being bloaty/gassy-
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    Originally posted by intense4life
    if you're trying to cut, don't be using creatine because it causes you to retain water, which is obviously a bad thing during a cutting cycle. however, along with gaining water weight, you will see increases in muscle mass and strength. use it for bulking, forget it while cutting.
    WRONG! If your cutting creatine can help spare muscle tissue by helping you retain intracellular water. Since you will be on a lowered carb diet you will lose water as your glycogen becomes depleted (2.7g water per gram glycogen) and this can result in a drop in protein synthesis. Creatine helps keep protein sythesis elevated by retaining more water inside the cell. Who cares about carrying a little excess water, if it spares more muscle...if you are that worried about it, use some Prep-H on your trouble spots and that will take care of the water retention.
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    lol...you need to write a book st8....seem to know everthing
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    Yes, creatine can make you look fat. It effects different people differently. Of course it doesn't cause any actual fat gain, but the subcutaneous water that the creatine can make you retain looks just like fat. Personally, when I take creatine, it makes it look like I have a fat face due to the subcutaneous water retention. It is actually so bad that I no longer take creatine because of it.
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    Originally posted by Tim
    Yes, creatine can make you look fat. It effects different people differently. Of course it doesn't cause any actual fat gain, but the subcutaneous water that the creatine can make you retain looks just like fat. Personally, when I take creatine, it makes it look like I have a fat face due to the subcutaneous water retention. It is actually so bad that I no longer take creatine because of it.
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    Tim, you should try V12. You would love it.
    I'll see if I can find it. Can I mix the stuff into my postworkout shake like I can with regular creatine?
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    Originally posted by Tim
    I'll see if I can find it. Can I mix the stuff into my postworkout shake like I can with regular creatine?
    Ok, J-rod who works for SAN and was the guy who told me about the product told me to use 2 servings a day( 1 scoop prior to a meal and 1 scoop 30 minutes preworkout). Then he said that if I can afford it I could up the doses to 3( 1 scoop prior to a meal, 1 scoop 30 minutes preworkout and 1 scoop postworkout or he also said you can spread them 5 hours apart. So postworkout is not the most important or as neccesary.
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    Originally posted by Tim
    I'll see if I can find it. Can I mix the stuff into my postworkout shake like I can with regular creatine?
    You prolly shoiuld order it online. try 1 fast dot com site or d p s; They have the best deals and won't take longer than 3 or 4 days to deliver upon placing the order.
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    I think the benefits of creatine outweigh the bloating problems, which do subside somewhat after a few weeks, with lots of water every day. I used it while cutting for almost a year.
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    Strength gains on creatine have been a shocker for me this time around. I've been cutting for a while, and my strength had really dropped over the past couple of months.

    I just finished loading creatine in prep. for my bulking cycle to begin soon, and suddenly my strength is back, and how! I'm stronger than any time in the past year now, including on my last PH cycle. I can't wait to see how it goes when I start the T-1 Pro!

    Water retention yeah definitely some. Gained 6-7 lbs during the past 2 weeks since I started Creatine again. But I'm simply amazed with the strength gains. Maybe stopping (dare I say, cycling?) wasn't a bad thing after all.
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    Originally posted by DaddyR
    Strength gains on creatine have been a shocker for me this time around. I've been cutting for a while, and my strength had really dropped over the past couple of months.

    I just finished loading creatine in prep. for my bulking cycle to begin soon, and suddenly my strength is back, and how! I'm stronger than any time in the past year now, including on my last PH cycle. I can't wait to see how it goes when I start the T-1 Pro!

    Water retention yeah definitely some. Gained 6-7 lbs during the past 2 weeks since I started Creatine again. But I'm simply amazed with the strength gains. Maybe stopping (dare I say, cycling?) wasn't a bad thing after all.
    When are you going to start the T1 pro? How many squirts are you going to use a day? And what do you expect from the cycle? How long will it be?

    I'll be running it for 4 weeks at 2 squirts a day. I hope I can get 10 or 12 pounds out of it.
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    For those of you who take Creatine pre & post-workout, how long before the workout do you take the 5g?

    I was taking the 10g right after the workout (mixed with my protein shake) ...

    is that any good?

    Also, i heard (or maybe read ... i don't remember) somewhere that one dude was take creatine and Xenadrine ... personally i think that's incredably idiotic (it's like trying to gain weight and cut at the same time ... WRONG!) that's just my opinion ... but what do you guys think?
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    I never used creatine pre workout, and only 5 grams post.

    Well, i must have been an idiot, because i used Xenadrine and creatine while cutting.
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    My apologies ... don't mean to offend anyone with my opinions.

    So creatine only after workout, AND using xenadrine ... well, what have the gains been like? How long have you been doing and cycling them?
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    I never cycled creatine, although you should. It varies, as some take it for 6 weeks on, 2 weeks off, ect.

    Any ECA should be cycled evry 6 weeks. I would use it for 6 weeks, then use an NYC for 6, then back to an ECA.
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    Originally posted by bbman
    My apologies ... don't mean to offend anyone with my opinions.

    So creatine only after workout, AND using xenadrine ... well, what have the gains been like? How long have you been doing and cycling them?
    You can also use your creatine postworkout, with your shake.
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    I thought some people split the intake to get a bit more energetic during the workout ... i was just wondering if that really makes a difference (and when do they take it.)
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    Creatine rocks

    I know this is an old post, but I hope it helps some people out. Creatine is so helpful during cutting, I load for the first week (15-20 g, 2 scoops am, 1 scoop preworkout, and 1 before bed), then I stop it for a week to see my progress as far as cutting goes, load for another, then go down to maintenance. This is for a 4+ week cutting phase... I bought 2 x 80 serving containers of MuscleTech Platinum creatine. Monohydrate is the only creatine proven to show any results, but it's personal preference I guess. Yes, you will bloat and gain water weight, but in the long run it will help you lose fat due to higher lean mass. The way it works is pretty cool too.. The stuff that supplies your cells with energy is called Adenosine Triphosphate [ATP], but when you use your energy it is turned into Adenosine Diphosphate [ADP] (which is completely useless). What creatine does, is it turns that ADP back into ATP for your body to reuse as more energy.
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