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  • Posted On: 02-08-15, 1:36 am (EST) #1

    Creatine as an additive in post workout Protein shakes

    February 8, 2015, 1:36 am

    Hi guys!

    This is my second time using creatine. The first time, I followed a loading-maintenance pre-workout schedule some 6 months ago.

    This time however, I started adding creatine to my post workout shake and am not planning to follow a loading pattern. I use a heaped teaspoon everyday.

     

    My doubts are:

    1. Even though I can see a major improvement in my lifts, should I switch creatine to my preworkout?
    2. Can the water retention by creatine cause a little loss in muscular definition? I haven't really increased my macros but I feel there's been a loss of definition and wanna know if it's fat that's creeping up again.

     

    Thanks

     

    Achyut

  • Posted On: 02-08-15, 3:14 am (EST) #2

    Creatine as an additive in post workout Protein shakes

    February 8, 2015, 3:14 am
    Posted by: energon19

    Hi guys!

    This is my second time using creatine. The first time, I followed a loading-maintenance pre-workout schedule some 6 months ago.

    This time however, I started adding creatine to my post workout shake and am not planning to follow a loading pattern. I use a heaped teaspoon everyday.

     

    My doubts are:

    1. Even though I can see a major improvement in my lifts, should I switch creatine to my preworkout?
    2. Can the water retention by creatine cause a little loss in muscular definition? I haven't really increased my macros but I feel there's been a loss of definition and wanna know if it's fat that's creeping up again.

     

    Thanks

     

    Achyut

    If taking creatine with your post workout shake is working @energon19 I say stick with it!

     

    Creatine can be taken any time of the day, so just have it whenever it suits you best. Before or after, it's no big deal. A heaped teaspoon is probably fine.

     

    If you are retaining more water than usual it is normal to notice drop in muscle definition, so that could be why your definition doesn't seem as prominent as before. It can be hard to tell the difference between fat and water weight.

     

    Do you drink lots of water? Drinking more water actually helps stop water retention. Also, are you putting on weight, and how quickly? If you seem to jump like 1lb or 2lb in one week, it is probably water retention, and you will likely lose it all again the following week.

     

    Jordan

  • Posted On: 02-08-15, 6:23 am (EST) #3

    Creatine as an additive in post workout Protein shakes

    February 8, 2015, 6:23 am
    Posted by: JoeHurricane

    If taking creatine with your post workout shake is working @energon19 I say stick with it!

     

    Creatine can be taken any time of the day, so just have it whenever it suits you best. Before or after, it's no big deal. A heaped teaspoon is probably fine.

     

    If you are retaining more water than usual it is normal to notice drop in muscle definition, so that could be why your definition doesn't seem as prominent as before. It can be hard to tell the difference between fat and water weight.

     

    Do you drink lots of water? Drinking more water actually helps stop water retention. Also, are you putting on weight, and how quickly? If you seem to jump like 1lb or 2lb in one week, it is probably water retention, and you will likely lose it all again the following week.

     

    Jordan

    I drink around 5-6 litres of water every day. I feel that its an okay range since drinking too much water sometimes puts a lot of load on the kidneys.

     

    I have gained weight. Around 6 lbs in roughly 3 and a half weeks (which, like you said, is probably water weight, so I'll not think about it that much. Haha)

     

    How frequently should one cycle creatine?

     

    Thanks for the info mate!

     

     

    Achyut

  • Posted On: 02-09-15, 4:05 am (EST) #4

    Creatine as an additive in post workout Protein shakes

    February 9, 2015, 4:05 am
    Posted by: energon19

    I drink around 5-6 litres of water every day. I feel that its an okay range since drinking too much water sometimes puts a lot of load on the kidneys.

     

    I have gained weight. Around 6 lbs in roughly 3 and a half weeks (which, like you said, is probably water weight, so I'll not think about it that much. Haha)

     

    How frequently should one cycle creatine?

     

    Thanks for the info mate!

     

     

    Achyut

    You can cycle it if you want to, but you don't have to cycle CREATINE. (click on the link )

     

    Jordan

  • Posted On: 02-11-15, 2:53 pm (EST) #5

    Creatine as an additive in post workout Protein shakes

    February 11, 2015, 2:53 pm
    Posted by: energon19

    Hi guys!

    This is my second time using creatine. The first time, I followed a loading-maintenance pre-workout schedule some 6 months ago.

    This time however, I started adding creatine to my post workout shake and am not planning to follow a loading pattern. I use a heaped teaspoon everyday.

     

    My doubts are:

    1. Even though I can see a major improvement in my lifts, should I switch creatine to my preworkout?
    2. Can the water retention by creatine cause a little loss in muscular definition? I haven't really increased my macros but I feel there's been a loss of definition and wanna know if it's fat that's creeping up again.

     

    Thanks

     

    Achyut

    I take creatine with my post workout shake. There is no need to cycle creatine either, just take your 5g everyday and you'll be fine.

  • Posted On: 02-11-15, 10:30 pm (EST) #6

    Creatine as an additive in post workout Protein shakes

    February 11, 2015, 10:30 pm
    Posted by: energon19

    Hi guys!

    This is my second time using creatine. The first time, I followed a loading-maintenance pre-workout schedule some 6 months ago.

    This time however, I started adding creatine to my post workout shake and am not planning to follow a loading pattern. I use a heaped teaspoon everyday.

     

    My doubts are:

    1. Even though I can see a major improvement in my lifts, should I switch creatine to my preworkout?
    2. Can the water retention by creatine cause a little loss in muscular definition? I haven't really increased my macros but I feel there's been a loss of definition and wanna know if it's fat that's creeping up again.

     

    Thanks

     

    Achyut

    1. If you're seeing good results from the way you're taking creatine, dont change a thing.

    2. The creatine wont cause you to lose muscular definition since the water retention is in the muscle. You lose definition if your water retention is under the skin but OUTSIDE the muscle.

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