I need to gain some weight for an upcoming tournament. And i was wondering of a quick way to gain weight. I had Creatine recommended to me, but i heard it had some bad effects. So does anyone know of these alleged effects? Or anything to replace of it? I have roughly 4.5% body fat, so weight gain would be easy.
eh, creatine more or less inflates your muscles with water, making you look more defined. i believe it also helps with muscle repair. it's good for quick short term effects, but if you don't keep up with working out and taking it, you lose what you gained really fast. maybe you'll gain slightly in water weight, but i'd reccomend loading up on protein to increase lean muscle mass instead.
I already checked google and since creatine is such a new supplement. Short/Long term effects aren't on the internet, so that is why i was wondering. If anyone new of the active ingredients having bad effects.
Supplementing creatine has only been out for about 10 years...I think it was started by that dude who owns MRI. Basically you can get creatine naturally from red meats etc...but our body doesn't need much at all each day. From what I remember reading a year or two ago (so I CAN be wrong on this) Creatine is broken down in your liver into ATP.
Take it, it's fine, drink enough water, and that's it. Not the best choice for quick weight gain, but any quick weight gain is usually just shitty weight to begin with. If you want to add muscle creatine should be in your supplementation plan. Take about 3-5 grams pre and post workout, and about 5 on your off days.
1. You don't have 4.5% body fat. Try again. 2. Creatine is broken down into Creatine Phosphate and is used to increase the ATP energy system in the body within the powerhouse or the mitochondria of the cell. This is best for increasing the power of short bursts of energy as in sprinting or heavy weight lifting. 3. Creatine is better suited for strength gains rather than hypertrophy. Hypertrophy can come as an indirect result of increasing the working load but it is indirect. Some size and weight gain comes as a result of intracellular water retention within the muscle (not subcutaneous water retention). After increasing the weights the Central Nervous System has adapted to the new weights. You may lose a bit of size but the strength gains should stay largely there.