Creatine is a supplement that some people use, mainly weightlifters and bodybuilders who are looking to break their personal best or who just want a little bit more energy in the gym.
What creatine really is
Creatine is actually a natural occurring process in your body. Creatine really is a compound called ATP/PC which is found in the body. Your body produces atp/pc which is short for adenosine tri phosphate. When doing a squat for example, a movement which is very powerful and doesn’t last too long, your body gets the short bursts of energy from the breakdown of the atp to ADP. The body can replenish ATP within 1 minute.
What creatine does to your weight is that when using a creatine supplement , it draws water towards the muscles therefore making your muscles look more full. Some people might be a bit wary of creatine as there are a lot of rumours that people have heard saying that creatine will have negative effects for your kidneys as it takes all the water away from it. No, it is scientifically proven that creatine is fine, it is actually one of the most talked about and scientifically researched supplements out there.
There will be reviews online that have been passed around saying that you need to drink loads of water when on creatine, this is true but not because you’re on creatine but because you should be drinking water throughout the day and especially when working out, as the more water there is in the body, the more blood that can be transferred to the muscles.
So when people say – will creatine make you fat? – no it won’t , that weight is just water weight. It can be easily lost by doing some cardio or having a break from creatine, most of the time people will use creatine when on a bulk, as it’s great for a mass builder, increasing the potential of muscle you can put on due to the fact that you have more energy in the short burst. So when doing a squat for example , you will be able to do 1 or 2 more reps which means technically you can make more gains.
Take home message
Creatine is just a naturally occurring reaction in the body, by taking creatine it just allows your body to replenish the amount of ATP/PC in the body quicker and there is more in the body, it will not have any negative effects on the body.
Another thing is, when on creatine and even when not taking creatine, drink water, staying hydrated is key when on or off creatine.
Finally, creatine doesn’t make you fat, it just draws more water to the muscles making them seem more full and therefore the increased water intake will make an athlete weigh more.
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