Creatine facilitates muscle growth and, concurrently, strength in a short period of time. As a result, you will:
To dispel any myths, you will not:
Strength and Muscular Size/Growth Plateaus
November 21, 1994 was the beginning of the testing period at which time creatine consumption began. After two weeks, my body weight went from 146 pounds to 152 pounds. Body fat percentage stayed the same at 8.3 percent which I tested consistently. Four weeks after first taking it, my weight went up two more pounds to 154, equating to eight pounds of muscle in approximately one month while body fat remained at 8.3 percent.
If you are heavier than I, you will most likely experience greater gains -- if lighter, less gains. My workout weight (the max I could handle for each set) went up 20 percent from November 21, 1994 to December 17, 1994. That's significant for anyone, athlete or not.
Your Daily Fare
Dropping Body Fat
On another note, one study examined the effects of creatine monohydrate on a muscular degenerative eye disease called gyrate atrophy of the choroid and retina which can lead to blindness. Consuming creatine halted the progression of the disease and, as a surprise to the researchers, the subjects gained ten percent in lean body mass without exercising. My point in mentioning this particular study is that it is possible for you to increase lean mass without exercise just by consuming creatine. I, of course, do not advise abstaining from exercise, however, this information may be helpful to those who have muscular degenerative diseases that make exercise difficult.
Pricing Information: Creatine Monohydrate SupplementsReferences:
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Guimbal, C., and Kilimann, M.W. "A Na+-dependent creatine transporter in rabbit brain, muscle, heart, and kidney." The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 1993, 268;8416.
Greenhaff, P.L. et al "Influence of oral creatine supplementation of muscle torque during repeated bouts of maximal voluntary exercise in man." Clinical Science, 1993, 84;565.
Harris, R.C. et al. "Evaluation of creatine in resting and exercised muscle of normal subjects by creatine supplementation." Clinical Science, 1992, 83;367.
Loike, J.D. et al. "Extracellular creatine regulates creatine transport in rat and human cells." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 1988, 85;807.
Sipila, I., et al. "Supplementary creatine as a treatment for gyrate atrophy of the choroid and retina." New England Journal of Medicine, 1981, 304;867.
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