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    Can You Stay Lean on Creatine?

    I know about all the benefits of creatine. I just have one question, if nutrition is in order can you maintain 10-13% body fat on creatine? I know it can lead to water retention, and am curious to know if it's possible to remain at such a low body fat percentage.

    Also if it is possible to stay between the range, would I gain water weight first and have to gain more muscle to retain the goal %?

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    Technically yes because water weight doesn't count towards BF%
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    easy, yes. the "water retention" most people complain about is just that their diet sucks. don't worry about the weight gain, and don't over think things.
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    Originally Posted by SuffolkPunch View Post
    Technically yes because water weight doesn't count towards BF%
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    easy, yes. the "water retention" most people complain about is just that their diet sucks. don't worry about the weight gain, and don't over think things.
    Thank you brothers. Was really on edge because I can't seem to find a post, or article about anyone retaining abs on creatine. Everyone says it makes them look puffy and that is not the look I'm going for right now.
    Would like to stay fairly lean as we start heading into the warm months.
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    Originally Posted by DreamChasinJ View Post
    Thank you brothers. Was really on edge because I can;t seem to find a post, or article about anyone retaining abs on creatine. Everyone says it makes them look puffy and that is not the look I'm going for right now.
    Would like to stay fairly lean as we start heading into the warm months.
    That means they actually have fat. It isnt the creatine.
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    Originally Posted by powercage View Post
    That means they actually have fat. It isnt the creatine.
    So as long as I keep the diet in check I'm good to roll?
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    Also understanding it affects everyone differently and might have to adjust my diet based on how it affects me individually.
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    Originally Posted by DreamChasinJ View Post
    Thank you brothers. Was really on edge because I can't seem to find a post, or article about anyone retaining abs on creatine. Everyone says it makes them look puffy and that is not the look I'm going for right now.
    Would like to stay fairly lean as we start heading into the warm months.
    find a competitive weightlifter, bodybuilder, crossfit trainer... the majority take supplemental creatine and have abs. the whole "creatine bloats me" in the majority is bull people are looking to blame something for them being soft. looks like you are on the right track, keep going
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    Originally Posted by Jeff the Repper View Post
    find a competitive weightlifter, bodybuilder, crossfit trainer... the majority take supplemental creatine and have abs. the whole "creatine bloats me" in the majority is bull people are looking to blame something for them being soft. looks like you are on the right track, keep going
    Copy that going to pick up some Creatine M whenever I leave the house today.
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    Originally Posted by Jeff the Repper View Post
    find a competitive weightlifter, bodybuilder, crossfit trainer... the majority take supplemental creatine and have abs. the whole "creatine bloats me" in the majority is bull people are looking to blame something for them being soft. looks like you are on the right track, keep going
    Something like that ^

    And/or they are taking some ridiculous amount like 20g a day
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    Absolutely

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    Creatine draws water INTO your muscle cells, that is a good thing
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    Answer to your question is yes you can. I pretty much just take creatine everyday and I was pretty lean in the summer.. Nothing crazy and my physique isn't that impressive. I mostly just do powerlifting type training.

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    Creatine doesn't make you fat, nor does it increase water in subcutaneous tissue to make you look "flat" as many claim. It causes your muscle cells to take on more water, making the cells larger. That's a good thing for most people.
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    Originally Posted by naturalguy View Post
    Creatine draws water INTO your muscle cells, that is a good thing
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    Creatine doesn't make you fat, nor does it increase water in subcutaneous tissue to make you look "flat" as many claim. It causes your muscle cells to take on more water, making the cells larger. That's a good thing for most people.
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    Originally Posted by DreamChasinJ View Post
    Copy that. Just trying to learn everything I can about it.
    Just started today so let the results begin!
    Congrats m8. After a few days I usually find myself getting an extra rep on my heavy sets. Drink lots of water and don't worry about the scale weight.

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