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On Creatine 2 Mos., Drinking Enough Water?


So I've been taking creatine for about 2 months now.

However, I've been terrible with my water intake. I definitely don't drink a gallon of water day, let alone half a gallon sometimes. I don't think I've gained the ~4-6 lbs of water weight from creatine (could really use that extra weight)

If I just buckle down and start drinking more water now (continuing to take 5g a day), will the water weight still come? Or do I need to cycle off creatine for a while before trying again?


1) Drink more water, regardless of your creatine intake.
2) Not everyone holds a lot of water while on creatine.
3) If you need the extra couple of pounds, increase your calories a few hundred/day and reassess from there every few weeks.




Drinking enough liquid is important, but recent studies have found that you can easily throw your electrolytes out of balance by drinking too much water. For this reason, the ACSM no longer recommends even 8 glasses a day. Instead, you're supposed to drink when you're thirsty and if needing excessive amounts of water, make sure to consume some form of electrolytes as well.

Because of the way creatine works, you could probably get away with more water, but I'd recommend experimenting with throwing in an electrolyte supplement some days and not throwing it in other days, and seeing which days you have the better workouts on. Try it out.