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  • 06-03-17, 2:09 am (EDT)

    Females on Creatine

    June 3, 2017, 2:09 am

    I take creatine and I personally love it. & I am currently on the BSN Creatine Monohydrate DNA...

     

    So here's why I love it because I feel like the hulk sometimes ....because I get a better pump and more energy when I take it. I just take 1 scoop and mix it in 8oz water and take it like a shot prior to my workout. Also it makes my muscles look a little more fluffier... of course I am on a high protein diet and I lift weights 5-6 days a week.... but I hate how it makes me pee a lot & that's real annoying in between sets & in the middle of the night... -_- but my bladder has been tolerating it more maybe because my body is used to it?

     

    I've been taking it on & off for a year. (a month after I started weightlifting)

     

    So I'll have my shot of creatine for a month ... then stop for 1-2 months... I'll stop because I also dont want to be dependent on supplements too much... I'm not against supplements at all since I am taking them to amp up my results ... but I dont want to depend on them all my life if that makes sense...

     

    anyway I get alot of heat for being on it, some people tell me its a steroid (which it clearly isnt.. ) and that creatine retains water...

     

    Ok I dont know if I should believe that creatine itself causes bloating because I wake up with a semi-flat stomach every morning then I bloat when I eat & drink water ... plus my body fat is at 26% ... the muffin top especially :( ....  it flattens when I crap out my meals (not trying to be graphic but eating a lot of protein leads to protein farts ....  & also i drink green tea everyday)

     

    There's creatine in pre-workout (I dont take preworkout anymore but a lot of them I've taken have it), creatine in meat... plus what is the difference between monohydrate and nitrate??? which one would be recommended for females... have any of you ladies also taken it.. how did your bodies react???

     

     

     

  • 07-15-17, 8:09 am (EDT)

    Females on Creatine

    July 15, 2017, 8:09 am

    It makes me retain water and bloat too but so does everything else, I don't take it anymore. I remember the guy at the supplement store saying it probably wouldn't give me the results I was looking for. It naturally occurs in our bodies too, lol, tell your peeps to look it up. I've heard comments before and I just tell them to research it. Apparently creatine monohydrate is the most simplest form while nitrate is more water soluble which absorbs faster. There is no conclusive evidence that one Is more effective than the other. I literally just looked it up online πŸ˜‚ Nitrate is "more expensive". The best results I've ever had for losing muffin top etc? I tried eating all my macros between 10am and 6pm, while tracking my intake and ensuring I was eating enough protein. (Intermittent fasting) I looked great. I wasn't even doing any cardio (which everyone should do for conditioning) It was the first time I had amazing definition. It's a commitment though, but it does work for my body type. I haven't done it in a while and I'm back to a bit of muffin top. I'm working on starting again, you can change your feeding window to whatever you want (12-7pm instead, but I need breakfast πŸ˜‚) I drink green tea to hold me off till 10am, and at nighttime I'll have one if I'm feeling hungry till I'm used to not eating late.

  • 07-16-17, 6:08 am (EDT)

    Females on Creatine

    July 16, 2017, 6:08 am
    Posted by: tattedfitchick23

    I take creatine and I personally love it. & I am currently on the BSN Creatine Monohydrate DNA...

     

    So here's why I love it because I feel like the hulk sometimes ....because I get a better pump and more energy when I take it. I just take 1 scoop and mix it in 8oz water and take it like a shot prior to my workout. Also it makes my muscles look a little more fluffier... of course I am on a high protein diet and I lift weights 5-6 days a week.... but I hate how it makes me pee a lot & that's real annoying in between sets & in the middle of the night... -_- but my bladder has been tolerating it more maybe because my body is used to it?

     

    I've been taking it on & off for a year. (a month after I started weightlifting)

     

    So I'll have my shot of creatine for a month ... then stop for 1-2 months... I'll stop because I also dont want to be dependent on supplements too much... I'm not against supplements at all since I am taking them to amp up my results ... but I dont want to depend on them all my life if that makes sense...

     

    anyway I get alot of heat for being on it, some people tell me its a steroid (which it clearly isnt.. ) and that creatine retains water...

     

    Ok I dont know if I should believe that creatine itself causes bloating because I wake up with a semi-flat stomach every morning then I bloat when I eat & drink water ... plus my body fat is at 26% ... the muffin top especially :( ....  it flattens when I crap out my meals (not trying to be graphic but eating a lot of protein leads to protein farts ....  & also i drink green tea everyday)

     

    There's creatine in pre-workout (I dont take preworkout anymore but a lot of them I've taken have it), creatine in meat... plus what is the difference between monohydrate and nitrate??? which one would be recommended for females... have any of you ladies also taken it.. how did your bodies react???

     

     

     

    Creatine use is a personal choice. It does work and it has been extensively studied. It does, however, stress the kidneys especially with a high protein diet. Staying hydrated is critical to help the kidneys flush the metabolites of creatine out of the system. Those with weak or diseased kidneys should not use creatine at all.

     

    The other potential side effect is ligament and tendon damage. Because creatine does aid the production of ATP for strong muscular contractions, it is very easy to overdo it and add additional strain on your tendons and ligaments without realizing it. Over time, this can lead to micro-tears in these connective tissues which quickly develop into tendonitis or inflammed ligaments.

     

    As creatine is naturally produced in the body and I am not looking to set any power lifting records, I don't use it at all. I find that a proper nutritious diet with some protein supplementation is enough for my goals.

     

    John

    34 years of lifting and nutritional experience and resident "old man" :-)
    MS Athlete and past Super Hermanite since 2013.

  • 07-30-17, 8:37 pm (EDT)

    Females on Creatine

    July 30, 2017, 8:37 pm
    Posted by: SavvvyD

    It makes me retain water and bloat too but so does everything else, I don't take it anymore. I remember the guy at the supplement store saying it probably wouldn't give me the results I was looking for. It naturally occurs in our bodies too, lol, tell your peeps to look it up. I've heard comments before and I just tell them to research it. Apparently creatine monohydrate is the most simplest form while nitrate is more water soluble which absorbs faster. There is no conclusive evidence that one Is more effective than the other. I literally just looked it up online πŸ˜‚ Nitrate is "more expensive". The best results I've ever had for losing muffin top etc? I tried eating all my macros between 10am and 6pm, while tracking my intake and ensuring I was eating enough protein. (Intermittent fasting) I looked great. I wasn't even doing any cardio (which everyone should do for conditioning) It was the first time I had amazing definition. It's a commitment though, but it does work for my body type. I haven't done it in a while and I'm back to a bit of muffin top. I'm working on starting again, you can change your feeding window to whatever you want (12-7pm instead, but I need breakfast πŸ˜‚) I drink green tea to hold me off till 10am, and at nighttime I'll have one if I'm feeling hungry till I'm used to not eating late.

    i only hit the gym at night because i work from morning until evening except on weekends.... so not sure if a feeding window would work for me on a consistent basis... let alone any extreme diet change pattern.. i didnt react so well to carb cycling either... the only time it would be easy for me is on a day i lose my appetite (could be outta depression which is rare or if im grossed out) lol.

     

    Yeah i tell people to research too, .... -smh if i eat a lot of red meat i must be on steroids then is my response to them. since primarily red meat contains it.

     

    also was it monohydrate you tried or nitrate?? ive never tried nitrate alone but it was infused in a lot of preworkouts i've tried in the past.

  • 07-30-17, 8:45 pm (EDT)

    Females on Creatine

    July 30, 2017, 8:45 pm
    Posted by: jmboiardi

    Creatine use is a personal choice. It does work and it has been extensively studied. It does, however, stress the kidneys especially with a high protein diet. Staying hydrated is critical to help the kidneys flush the metabolites of creatine out of the system. Those with weak or diseased kidneys should not use creatine at all.

     

    The other potential side effect is ligament and tendon damage. Because creatine does aid the production of ATP for strong muscular contractions, it is very easy to overdo it and add additional strain on your tendons and ligaments without realizing it. Over time, this can lead to micro-tears in these connective tissues which quickly develop into tendonitis or inflammed ligaments.

     

    As creatine is naturally produced in the body and I am not looking to set any power lifting records, I don't use it at all. I find that a proper nutritious diet with some protein supplementation is enough for my goals.

     

    John

    yes I've been told by my personal trainer that being on certain supplements too long can be harmful to your organs. and to make sure i hydrate a lot if im going to take creatine...

     

    i dont take preworkout at all, i used to but i felt abnormal side effects like rapid heartbeat & lightheadedness sometimes i'd itch... weird because im not caffine sensitive at all. but creatine & aminos are really all i take. and protein powder i just use on days where i cant find something rich in protein to eat.. i use it as a meal or sweet treat replacement.

     

    i cycle my creatine though i dont take it year round, since i dont want to be dependent either and its never a good idea to have too much of anything. & im on the same boat too i dont care to powerlift, although i lift heavier than a lot of females and some of the guys at my gym ;P ... its only cause im strong & it took a lot of time to build that strength up... but i agree proper nutrition changes everything!

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