Creatine Dangers and Side Effects: Weight Gain

Must Try

Diet and Exercise Tips

How are you doing with the five healthy diet tips we posted earlier? Are you ready for some more? Here are six more diet and exercise tips to add...

Britney Spears: LipoDissolve and Plastic Surgery

Dissolve and Plastic SurgeryAccording to OK!, Britney Spears is hoping to get her body back with the help of LipoDissolve and plastic surgery. About two weeks ago, Britney Spears allegedly bought...

The Evil Soy Empire

Dubbed the ultimate meat alternative of the 90s, praised by vegetarians, and health conscious consumers, soy products are sweeping the nation. A darling of...

Jordin Sparks: Weight, Height, and Plus-Size Tips

Jordin Sparks’ Facts Current Weight: unknown. Current Size: 12 (used to be 13). Height: nearly six feet tall, was 5’10”in junior high school. “I stood out everywhere,” she...
Maria Lorenz
Join me on my "I Fit and Healthy" journey! Maria is an Upstate New Yorker interested in all things healthy-living related! She started the "I Fit and Healthy" Blog to document life and her pursuit of healthy living. By day she work in digital media and advertising. By night she’s a first-rate wife and mom of two crazy little girls! She is self-proclaimed addicted to her iPhone/iPad and always on the hunt for the latest health tools and fitness gadgets.

Creatine Dangers and Side Effects: Weight GainTrue of false: Creatine causes weight gain and interferes with weight loss.

We’re not sure how this myth got started, but a number of people seem to think that when they start a diet, they have to stop taking creatine in order to get lean.

Maybe it’s the notion that a mass builder like creatine will prevent “weight” loss, since mass gaining and fat loss typically are considered two opposite goals.

It could also be due to some reports that creatine can cause more water retention under the skin, giving a smoother appearance that can be mistaken for higher bodyfat.

Although research does show that creatine can increase water retention under the skin, there is no research that supports the notion that creatine will prevent you from dropping bodyfat. In fact, research suggests creatine will not only help you gain lean muscle mass, but also may help you to lose fat.

One study from Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, Virginia) found that creatine not only allowed subjects to lose bodyfat while dieting, but it helped them gain muscle; the placebo group in the same investigation lost muscle mass while dieting. Studies in animals show that creatine supplementation actually increases fat loss.

Researchers from Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, New York) discovered that subjects taking creatine for 28 days and not working out increased their resting metabolic rate by about 3%, but those adding creatine to a weight training program increased their resting metabolic rate by about 6%.

An increase in metabolism can lead to a significant drop in bodyfat over time. If the standard creatine monohydrate causes you to bloat, try a different form of it, such as creatine ethyl ester, creatine alpha-ketoglutarate or magnesium creatine chelate.

Research shows that about 2-5 grams of either creatine ethyl ester, creatine alpha-ketoglutarate or magnesium creatine chelate may be beneficial before and after workouts. [via]


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest Posts

Tips to Make Exercise a Habit 

Exercise is a multi-beneficial program. It helps you attain a healthy body and mind, proper weight control and is suitable for sleep. But, with...

5 Ways to Change Up What You Eat in a Day

Even the healthiest diet can stand a few tweaks to better support your health goals. If you are trying to lose weight, build muscle,...

Heart-healthy diets: steps to prevent cardiovascular diseases

Heart disease and related illness are the leading cause of death among men and women in America more than any other chronic illness. Being...

CBD For Your Pets. What Do You Think Is Best?

If you’ve visited a Seattle Dispensary in the last year or so, no doubt you have come across an entire section dedicated to the...

Acupuncture 101: What to Expect From Your First Appointment

Have you been feeling unbalanced as of late, as if there’s some disruption going on in your system that you just can’t place what...

More Recipes Like This