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ArmyHogs
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A question about Creatine
I’ve been taking it for close to a month now. My question is do I absolutely HAVE to bulk, or even eat over 2500 calories a day for it to build muscle? I understand that building muscle requires a calorie surplus, so will taking creatine without that surplus even be worth it? I find it very hard to eat that much without eating shitty. Can anyone that is more familiar with creatine please help.


AyyyBaw
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re: A question about Creatine
I'm not sure if creatine will help you build muscle directly at all. What it should help with is energy/ability to contract muscles.


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NorceauxTigerFan
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re: A question about Creatine
From my understanding creatine just helps boost your lifts a small fraction. While on a bulk/caloric surplus - this is obviously very beneficial as you will have better lifts (that's subjective I guess) leading to muscle teardown then muscle recovery.

Im in a caloric deficit and still take it. If it helps me in the gym just a little, then that's great. I lift to burn fat and maintain as much muscle as I can.


pwejr88
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re: A question about Creatine
Building muscle comes from eating and working out and you need both.
Creatine will certainly help as it sends energy to the cells in your muscles during workouts (ATP) to give you a better workout. It will also retain water around your muscles giving them a bigger look.
But if you’re burning all your calories off in the gym, don’t expect to “build muscle.”
This post was edited on 1/13 at 4:55 pm


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DeafJam73
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re: A question about Creatine
Creatine in and of itself doesn’t build muscle. It’s very easy to eat clean in a surplus. You just need to be disciplined with it.


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habanos
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re: A question about Creatine
Creatine helps your cells retain water. Your increased mass helps you lift a little more.



jennyjones
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re: A question about Creatine
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Creatine helps your cells retain water. Your increased mass helps you lift a little more.


And/ Or the extra ATP it helps your body produce

The extra water/ mass can have an slight effect on leverages which will give you a little extra strength but ATP is the main driver
This post was edited on 1/13 at 8:50 pm


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litenin
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re: A question about Creatine
I’m on leaner side at 6’ 170 and take Creatine during winter months. Adds 5lbs after a few weeks for me and just that alone makes me ‘feel’ slightly stronger on lifts.

Sometimes I’ll intentionally add another 5 lbs from diet gradually through winter.

Could be mental, but I feel more explosive playing basketball on Creatine also. Over 40 now and probably last few years of grabbing rim easily.


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ArmyHogs
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re: A question about Creatine
Ok, so my understanding of what creatine actually does was off. Thank you!


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Cheesy Beaver
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re: A question about Creatine
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I’ve been taking it for close to a month now. My question is do I absolutely HAVE to bulk, or even eat over 2500 calories a day for it to build muscle?



it's not testosterone


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