I have always avoided taking creatine, thinking that it would only make me big, bloated and bulky. It was suggested to me recently and after some research I decided to give it a go, WOW – its working!!
My results have been amazing, both physically and mentally. I have more energy, more muscle stamina, more intense muscle contraction, a great “pump,” better muscle recovery, increased strength gains and I am emotionally excited to do my workout.
Creatine Monohydrate is a proven, safe and very powerful sports supplement!
But what does it do?
In a nutshell, it helps your muscles get the nutrients they need to perform, recover and grow. Muscle BURNS FAT! If you want to get lean and burn fat you need to strengthen the muscles on your body so that you are a fat burning machine! Creatine can help you get lean!
It will make you feel stronger by increasing the blood flow to your muscles causing greater, more effective contractions during your weight lifting. Creatine will also help you recover from your lifting, and help your muscles have a continuous supply of the nutrients they need to become lean and dense!
How Much Should You Take?
I was recommend to take one 3-5g dose (a heaped teaspoon) daily – I mix it in with my post workout protein shake. There is no need to “LOAD” this substance as once recommended. The easiest and most effective time of day to take it is after your workout, the next easiest time to take is first thing in the morning or prior to your workout. You will feel the effects within a week.
What About The Bloating?
The biggest side effect women have to overcome when taking creatine is bloating. The bloating is an overall body bloat. It’s not like your typical “monthly bloat.” You may carry the water weight in your muscles, so the more muscle you have the more you will notice the water weight. This isn’t the case for everyone and I have found by keeping myself well hydrated I have not noticed any ‘bloat’ at all, if you do though the good news is that once you stop taking it, you lose the water weight within a couple weeks.
How Long Should You Take It?
If you want the best results you must follow a good weight training program and diet along with taking creatine. I would recommend taking it for a period of 2-6 weeks and then going off for another 2-6 weeks to check your progress. Then start taking it again for periods of 2-12 weeks at a time, all depending on your goals.