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    Question What happens when I stop taking creatine?

    WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I STOP TAKING CREATINE?

    If you?ve been supplementing with creatine for any real length of time now, you might be wondering what will happen if you stop using it for a set period, or even altogether.

    Will you lose all of the positive benefits you achieved during supplementation? Are there any possible side effects associated with suddenly discontinuing creatine usage?

    Let?s go over it?

    What Happens When I Stop Taking Creatine?

    The first thing to keep in mind is that everyone responds to creatine supplementation differently. Some lifters see significant gains from it, while others (up to as high as 30% of the population) are known as 'creatine non-responders' and don't see any noticeable results whatsoever.

    The effects that you personally experience once you discontinue creatine supplementation will largely depend on how well you responded to it in the first place. The more significantly you responded, the more noticeable the change will be once you stop, and vice versa.

    Creatine benefits your muscle building program in two main ways: by increasing intra-cellular water retention, and by increasing your strength/power in the gym.

    Let?s have a look at these two factors?

    #1 - Changes In Intra-Cellular Water Retention

    Creatine requires additional water in order to be stored inside of your muscle tissue. After your muscles have become completely saturated with creatine (this usually occurs after about 3 weeks of supplementing with 5 grams daily) your muscles should take on a slightly fuller appearance as a result of the increased fluid.
    Once you discontinue supplementation and the extra creatine stores have left your body after a few weeks, this additional water retention will no longer be necessary and will be cleared out as well.

    For some lifters, this may mean a fairly quick drop of several pounds of water weight once the creatine leaves their system, and for others the effects may hardly even be noticeable. Again, it all depends on how well you responded at the start.

    One thing is for sure though, and that is that whatever additional water weight you gained from creatine supplementation when you began will mostly be lost once you discontinue.

    #2 - Changes In Strength/Power

    This effect is much harder to accurately pinpoint, and again, will vary from person to person.

    By increasing the efficiency of your body?s use of ATP (the usable energy molecule within your muscles), creatine improves gym performance and increases your overall strength and power output.

    When you stop using creatine, the additional phosphate groups it was previously providing to your muscle cells for enhanced strength will also be diminished.

    So, assuming you are someone who does respond well to creatine supplementation, you may notice a small reduction in your overall strength after a few weeks of stopping. However, it likely won?t be to a significant degree as long as you continue with your regular training program.

    As far as your actual lean muscle gains are concerned, it's highly unlikely that you?ll notice any decrease there, again, assuming that you continue training and eating in the same way as you were previously.

    Are There Any Side Effects To Stopping Creatine Use?

    Creatine is the most widely researched sports supplement in the world and has never been shown to be harmful in any way when used within the recommended dosage of about 5 grams daily. This includes periods of cycling on and off.

    Your body does adjust its own natural production of creatine in response to external supplementation, but this system is extremely sensitive and adapts virtually instantly. Once you stop taking creatine, your natural production will fall back into the proper range.

    The Real Question: Why Stop At All?

    Sure, if you didn't see any real results from using creatine in the first place, then obviously there?s no need for you to continue.

    Or perhaps you?re just tired of having to worry about taking it every day? you really dislike the taste/texture (pill form is an option here, though)? or you?re travelling and don?t want to take it with you? in those cases, the choice is yours.

    But assuming you've been using creatine consistently and have seen positive benefits, why stop taking it at all?

    First off, as I covered in detail in a previous article, there is no benefit at all to cycling on and off of creatine. For optimal results you should simply continue with a 5 gram dosage once per day on an ongoing basis.

    Secondly, there is no evidence to suggest that continual creatine supplementation over the long term is dangerous to your health in any way.

    And thirdly, creatine is very inexpensive, and if you purchase it in bulk it will cost you as low as about 2 cents per gram. On a monthly basis this is equal to about 3 bucks. If the cost really is an issue, keep in mind that most people can probably get away with as little as 3 grams of creatine daily, in which case it drops to just $1.80 per month.

    What Happens When I Stop Taking Creatine - Wrap Up

    So, if you've been supplementing with creatine to the point of full saturation, and then discontinue, this is what will happen after a few weeks?

    1) You will lose the additional water retention your body was using to store the creatine.

    2) You may notice a slight reduction in overall strength, but likely not to a significant degree.

    3) You will likely retain all of your gains in actual lean muscle.

    4) You will not experience any unfavorable side effects.

    Once again though, this all depends on the individual and on how well they responded to the creatine in the first place.

    If you?re considering stopping but are unsure, your best bet is to simply discontinue for 2-3 weeks and see what happens.
    If you do experience a drop in muscle fullness and strength that you aren?t happy with, you can always go right back on. Or, if you don?t notice any real changes at all, you can simply stop altogether.


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    1- you will save your kidneys
    2- you will lose some water retention
    3- you will not lose any strength or muscle because you did not build them on creatine in the first plac
    4-concentrate more on your workout you probably will gain more muscle

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    ... and you will save money and time.....most of it if not all is placebo effect

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    Save your kidneys? Since when has creatine proven to be bad on the kidneys? May be a coincidence but I had muscle cramps the first week or so coming off creatine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.G View Post
    1- you will save your kidneys
    2- you will lose some water retention
    3- you will not lose any strength or muscle because you did not build them on creatine in the first plac
    4-concentrate more on your workout you probably will gain more muscle
    Amen brotha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElitePeptides View Post
    Save your kidneys? Since when has creatine proven to be bad on the kidneys? May be a coincidence but I had muscle cramps the first week or so coming off creatine.
    It's not coincidence that's what happens your body has a hard time keeping it's water balance.
    Eat some beef it has creatine in it

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    have a gatorade genius.

    Creatine is hands down the best over the counter supp of all time. Prove it's not by sharing what works better...
    This account and all comments made by account holder are for entertainment purposes only, anabolic steroid use is illegal without a prescription.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HFO3 View Post
    have a gatorade genius.

    Creatine is hands down the best over the counter supp of all time. Prove it's not by sharing what works better...
    You are the dumbass ma'man. And im negging you back for being a jackass and not accepting other ppl pointof view.
    Tried creatine for years it only bloats you and I was peeing every 10min which I hardly find to be healthy or normal. I was drinking water or gatorade like your stupid ass suggests by the gallons still feeling thirsty and dehydrated. It didnt go away untill I stopped the creatine all together.
    Best supplement ever my ass stop being ignorant. There are ppl myself included that started to have kidney problems because of the constant dehydration so before you go and say shit you may want to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.G View Post
    1- you will save your kidneys

    Crap

    More crap come out of you mouth than a gooses ass.

    There NO research or empirical data to substantiate that creatine causes kidney problems with health individuals.

    Elite noted that in his post, as well.

    Thanks for once again flaunting you ignorance.


    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.G View Post
    3- you will not lose any strength or muscle because you did not build them on creatine in the first plac
    Cell Voluminzing

    Creatine basically superhydrate the muscle cell.

    There is a direct relationship to the hydration levels of the muscle cell.

    Dehydrated Cells

    Dehydration cause a loss in muscular strength.

    Superhydration

    Superhydration increase the force production of the muscle cell.

    This enhance force production (greater speed, power and strength).

    This is on (not the only) reason that steriods such as Dianabol and Anadrol dramatically increase strength.

    Testosterone propionate can have permanent effect on muscles
    http://www.ergo-log.com/testosterone...mal-study.html

    "...an episode of testosterone use may recruit a long lasting pool of excess myonuclei, and a persistent increased ability to regain muscle mass by resistance exercise in the absence of further steroid exposure..."

    Creatine After Effett

    The increase in strength is retained in the "muscle memory of the cell", as with steriods.

    It is similar to riding a bike. You don't forget how to ride a bike.


    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.G View Post
    4-concentrate more on your workout you probably will gain more muscle
    The Real Deal

    Creatine is one of the "Real Deal Supplements".

    For "Responders and Super-Responders" it dramatically increases strength levels beyond one training.

    Dr. G "I don't know"

    1) You DON'T produce ANY research or documentation to substantial you claims.

    You megalomaniac personality is based on your "God Complex", in which you believe that you are omniscient.

    2) You were once ask by one of the board members to substantiate you being a doctor.

    Your reply was the you were "The great Oz" behind the curtain and were exempt...which takes us back to your "God Complex".

    Get Off Your Dumb Ass

    You need to get off you dumb ass and actually do your homework...in plain English...READ!!!

    However, your "God Complex" means you already believe you know everything...so, you ain't gonna read nuttin, is you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vassille View Post
    You are the dumbass ma'man.
    Super Dumb Ass

    On the Dumb Ass scale you blew past ignorant and pegged the stupidity scale.

    HF03 is on the money.

    Now go to you room and do you home work, like a good little boy.


    Quote Originally Posted by vassille View Post
    There are ppl myself included that started to have kidney problems because of the constant dehydration so before you go and say shit you may want to read.
    Great, Name Them

    Since you and so many other had problems, the medical documentation you have will back up you statement.

    If you not, it just crap.

    Until you grow half a brain, time spent with you is wasted.

    That means you have to help yourself before other can.

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    LOL, yeah I had blood in my urine no previous kidney problems. Another friend was peeing blood too he was taking creatine as well for a while. That was enough warning sign for me.
    So just carry on
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    Quote Originally Posted by vassille View Post
    LOL, yeah I had blood in my urine no previous kidney problems. Another friend was peeing blood too he was taking creatine as well for a while. That was enough warning sign for me.
    So just carry on
    out
    Great

    That means you can provide medical documentation on yourself.

    If not, it's just crap.

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    Dude I have been bodybuilding for 20 years and have not touched creatine in over 10 years. Im now in my 40s and I still wont go back to creatine..I rather eat 1lb of beef and fish a day than touch creatine. I wish I kept some of those records but I didnt. It doesnt really matter if you agree or not with what im saying. Let's agree to disagre and move on.
    If you like creatine take it, it's not like care. Does it work? yes it worked for me too back in the day but it caused me problems which I have not had since even though I've been on heavy cycles of AAS, slin, GH etc.
    And this is all I have to say about this now let's move on

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    Of course, zero proof to back up claims. Must be related to "Dr" G

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    Kenny : excess creatine will hurt your kidney in the long run . simple medicine 101. ask any physician. no need for stupid articles published by companies that sell supplements. i have seen many cases of kidney problems due to crestine. so relax and enjoy your workout no need for sarcasm.
    if you like creatine so much then take it. i am talking about my personal experience and what i have seen and what i concluded after researching. and i bet vassille is also talking about his personal experience. so move on

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    Quote Originally Posted by vassille View Post
    You are the dumbass ma'man. And im negging you back for being a jackass and not accepting other ppl pointof view.
    Tried creatine for years it only bloats you and I was peeing every 10min which I hardly find to be healthy or normal. I was drinking water or gatorade like your stupid ass suggests by the gallons still feeling thirsty and dehydrated. It didnt go away untill I stopped the creatine all together.
    Best supplement ever my ass stop being ignorant. There are ppl myself included that started to have kidney problems because of the constant dehydration so before you go and say shit you may want to read.
    lol, nice meltdown junior, I see you're stuttering (see bold) mad... negged again for crying like a little girl on the interwebz, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.G View Post
    i have seen many cases of kidney problems due to crestine.
    Then cite one, fake Dr. G

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    Quote Originally Posted by vassille View Post
    You are the dumbass ma'man. And im negging you back for being a jackass and not accepting other ppl pointof view.
    Tried creatine for years it only bloats you and I was peeing every 10min which I hardly find to be healthy or normal. I was drinking water or gatorade like your stupid ass suggests by the gallons still feeling thirsty and dehydrated. It didnt go away untill I stopped the creatine all together.
    Best supplement ever my ass stop being ignorant. There are ppl myself included that started to have kidney problems because of the constant dehydration so before you go and say shit you may want to read.

    Negged caus I like HFO3 and you called him bad names



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    Quote Originally Posted by murf23 View Post
    negged caus i like hfo3 and you called him bad names
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    Ive been on creatine for over 5 years probably close to 7, only been off for bits when I ran out or something. Last 2 years been on pretty much straight., as high as 10g a day. No blood in my piss. Just saying, I can provide a piss sample as proof.

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    ^^^^ you are lucky. this does not mean that you are not overworking your kidneys.blood is not the only symptom, in fact seeing blood is very rare, you should check your kidneys by ultrasound and blood and urine samples. i bet if you stop taking creatine and concentrate on a better workout you will not feel or see any difference at all. i have not seen any difference at all with or without any kind of supplement. on one condition: you eat healthy

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    I have gotten bloods, I dont have any issues what so ever. The only supplement that does work is creatine, its a noticeable difference. I even saw more of a difference when I took 10g a day vs 5g, I weighed 220lbs at the time. If you knew how creatine works you would easily understand this. Everything that gets in your blood works your kidneys, that does not mean taking creatine will make it any worse or better. Its just another compound passing thru, it isnt toxic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.G View Post
    Kenny : excess creatine will hurt your kidney in the long run . simple medicine 101. ask any physician. no need for stupid articles published by companies that sell supplements.

    So, ALL the research data is tainted.

    Thanks for reinforcing that you continue to post unsubstantiated information based on your "God Complex".

    [U]Simple Medicine 101/U]

    Physicians have virtually NO nutritional training.

    Thus, you and the rest of the medical community are stuck in the 101 Course College Level.

    You might consider expanding you knowledge base and moving up to the 202 College Level.

    Selling Supplements

    Since you sell crap, why can't the companies sell supplements?


    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.G View Post
    i have seen many cases of kidney problems due to crestine.

    Great, then post your the documentation.


    Oh yea, you're a "God" and shouldn't be questioned.


    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.G View Post
    so relax and enjoy your workout no need for sarcasm.
    The sarcasm is just and added value like getting frosting on you cake, enjoy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.G View Post
    if you like creatine so much then take it. i am talking about my personal experience and what i have seen and what i concluded after researching. and i bet vassille is also talking about his personal experience. so move on
    Personal Experience

    Thanks for letting us know you limited to you snap shot experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.G View Post
    i bet if you stop taking creatine and concentrate on a better workout you will not feel or see any difference at all.

    Betting

    In other word, you are clueless without any idea.

    Take Nutrition 202.

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    Kenny you make me laugh, i dont know why you get so outraged by my comments , it is just my personal experience that extends for nearly 40 years in the gym. you might have you experience we will be happy to listen. as far as documentation, anybody can find articles, so it is better to share personal experiences, something you cannot find on the internet...dont you think?
    at least you don t go to the extent of negging me like Push Pull and officer farva but i understand why they do it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.G View Post
    Kenny you make me laugh, i dont know why you get so outraged by my comments , it is just my personal experience that extends for nearly 40 years in the gym.
    Entertain Value

    Then my entertainment value is priceless.

    Your Problem

    1) Limited Experience.

    2) Limited Knowledge.

    3) Megalomaniac...part of your "God Complex".

    40 Years

    Based on years of experience, I trump you.

    You have NO clue about my background.



    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.G View Post
    you might have you experience we will be happy to listen. as far as documentation, anybody can find articles, so it is better to share personal experiences, something you cannot find on the internet...dont you think?

    Research

    So, ALL research is worthless...especially in the medical field.

    Evidently, you learn to be a medical doctor by going and in hacking on people. No class room bullshit for you

    In regard to being a medical doctor, you've been called out on that a few time and have never presented anything to back that claim up.

    On the internet, everyone is a genius.


    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.G View Post
    at least you don t go to the extent of negging me like Push Pull and officer farva but i understand why they do it...
    NO You Don't

    Your problem is that the only knowledge you have is what is based on a snapshot view of you own little world.

    You REFUSE to read any documentation.

    You REFUSE to believe or investigate any information that conflicts with you beliefs.

    It's impossible to learn anything when you think you know it all.

    The only voice you every hear in a room is your own.

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    ^^^ funny that i read in another thread that you said yourself that creatine does not do anything for you i do not have a god complex ... i am god

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