I haven’t tried creatine and I don’t mean just the “dried” stuff. I’m talking about the powdered creatine that you can buy in a capsule or powder form. It claims to be an effective and safe way to boost creatine levels. It’s supposed to make you more flexible, help with muscle definition, and give you more energy.
I bought two of these and they were both awesome. I was excited to find out that creatine can be used in the gym, but then I read the ingredients and all I can think is “WOAH WOAH WOAH!” (I know, I know, I’m not the first one.) I also read about some of the side effects, but none of them were really terrible.
My main concern with creatine, aside from the lack of scientific research, is that it’s a stimulant and can be addictive. That said, creatine is used in the body for muscle building and repair, and most of the stuff out there claims it can help with muscle growth and strength. Personally, I found that the effects were not that great. I have a couple of friends who love to compete and spend hours training, but then they lose all interest in it.
I’ve heard several stories of some people who use creatine in their workouts, but none of them really come close to the effects I was experiencing. The only problem I had was that I was doing it in a way I knew was unlikely to produce the results I was hoping for. I know that’s the case with most supplements, but the truth is it didn’t seem to have much to do with it. I was just using it to get a “boost,” that’s all.
What is creatine? It’s a type of bi-product in the body that occurs naturally in the body, but is stored in our muscles for use in the future. It’s derived from the amino acid l-carnitine, which is found in meat and dairy.
Creatine is a protein found in meat and dairy. It’s created in our body when our muscles are processed and the fat is burned off, and we gain a lot of weight. Once the body has processed the muscle, there’s no more fat to burn, so we gain weight. It is also one of the few supplements that increases lean muscle mass, and increases the metabolism in the muscle.
Creatine can also be used to increase weight loss and athletic performance. It is taken in conjunction with protein powder or in its pure form. Some have reported that creatine combined with a protein powder can sometimes lead to muscle cramps.
We had a great conversation with some friends about creatine and we all agreed that creatine can sometimes increase the effectiveness of weight loss programs. One of my friends suggested that it may be worth looking into, but I think I’d keep it at the high end of the spectrum, and not go overboard with it.
Just because it can increase the effectiveness of weight loss, doesn’t mean that it can be dangerous. In fact, when it’s taken into consideration with other supplements and exercise, creatine can sometimes make workouts a great deal more effective.
As always, the truth lies somewhere in the middle. What I’m trying to say is that if you find creatine to be helpful, you might want to work to find other supplements and exercises that can help you achieve the same results.