A few questions in regards to creatine. I'm using Biotest micronized creatine mono.
Is it really needed to take creatine with grape juice or another insulin spiking agent? I follow leangains IF and if I wanted to take creatine in the a.m. or as a loading phase (I know not needed)..I'd really only be able to mix with water or another calorie free beverage in order to maintain my fasted stated. Would this drastically reduce the effectiveness? Is it still absorbed well if just mixed with water?
I tend to have solid food post workout...I don't really drink post workout shakes anymore. I train..then eat a meal consisting of around 100gs of carbs in it..typically from white potatoes or another "pure" starch source. Could I just mix the creatine in with water alongside this meal as PWO?
I use BCAAs prior to fasted training..Perhaps BCAAs are insulin stimulating enough to help with the uptake of creatine? Perhaps, I could do half serving BCAA pre with 5gs creatine..and a half serving post with 5gs creatine?