This is my first post, although I've been reading for a couple of months now, and I bet you guys could help me out.
I'm a 17 year old high school football who has been lifting since freshman year. In the past two years, I've really developed a passion for the weights, and I'm finally starting to see my results. At 5'10 180lbs I'm making steady progress in building mass and strenghth.
My question is on a topic that you guys probably are tired of eharing about, but I'll throw it out there anyway. This off-season, I've been using creatine, and it really helped me get through inevitable loss of strength during the previous football season.
However, I am told that the cramping often assosciated with creatine might be dangerous, especially with the hot weather during August preseason, so my plan is to stop supplementing at that time. My question to you is:
Will I lose all of my gained size and strength once I get off the creatine, even if I am lifting? Will I become dependent on the supplement? Or will I only lose the retained water weight and still for the most part remain the football body I spent all those hours in the weightroom creating?
If you could help me out, I would greatly appreciate it.