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What's the Real Deal with Creatine?


#1

I bought some of this stuff a few months ago... I used it for about 3 weeks and didn't notice any real difference in anything except for lots of bright flashing lights when I closed my eyes. Stopped taking it and that's gone.

Now I know a lot of guys like this stuff... I still have it sitting downstairs and I know if this stuff REALLY does help then I'm being a fool by not using it.

So why the hell did it not do anything within those 3 weeks?

Any ideas?


#2

Nope.

It has always worked with very predictable results for me.


#3

3 weeks?

Seriously?

Creatine is not dianabol. The effects are not so dramatic that you will notice profound effects in 3 weeks.

Some people are non responders though. If you want to try it again stick with it for a few months then make a decision whether or not it does anything for you.


#4

I never noticed anything from it, but maybe I'm just weird.


#5

But I thought creatine WAS a steroid?


#6

Still not dianabol though...


#7

if you're eating enough red meat, adding 5g of creatine a day wont make any noticeable changes. Im almost sure now that the strength gains people make are because people dont eat enough red meat or drink enough water.


#8

I am a non-responder.

But you should figure out if you want to do a 'loading phase' or not, and then stick with it for a while (2mo at least), make sure your drinking close to a gallon (or more) of water a day, and weigh in once every two weeks to see if you hold some extra water.


#9

honestly creatine dirt cheap compared to other stuff so even if its just going the slightest thing that i cant even feel i throw 5g in the pwo shake anyway because its only going to help yano


#10

"non responder" here too.

Used it, didn't dig it, don't use it anymore.


#11

What brand and what type? (ie, CEE, or buffered) and did you load/are you properly hydrated, is your diet for shit, are you taking with carb and protein, the list goes on...


#12

Is this a joke?


#13

Yes, I was being sarcastic.


#14

Thought so. I have a hard time telling anymore.


#15

Are you sure your taking creatine? Ive never heard of creatine making you see things...


#16

How do people tell if they are "non-responders"? I have taken it regularly before for several months and never really noticed huge difference. Is it the weight gain that tells the difference?


#17

Ya noticed since I started taking creatine I get an amazing kaleidoscope effect of colors when I close my eyes at night. Im not saying it has anything to do with the creatine though.


#18

It probably doesn't.

Creatine phosphate stored predominately in your skeletal muscle.

I doubt it's causing your weird colors.


#19

I know I'm a non responder because I don't put on any water weight while supplementing with it. Also, I make steady strength and size gains when im supp'in with it or not. Sometimes I just won't have any around to use and I'll be too lazy to go buy some. However, like i said, i don't experience any difference in performance or results in the gym. I still try to use it all the time because theres so much science behind it and its really affordable.


#20

Are we sure "non-responder" is the correct term?

I'd imagine some people on here are getting plenty of it through diet and just don't benefit from taking it in a supplement form.

No?