I have had gastric bypass WLS earlier in the year, and now with the surgeon's encouragement, I have started weight training to preserve lean body mass. It's going well so far, and after two months, I'm about to move away from the weight machine circuit to the free-weight room. I've been reading about HMB and Creatine, and believe they can help me in my goal to preserve (or even gain!) lean mass in the form of muscle.
What is the best way to take creatine for someone without a full-size stomach? I can't gulp down a lot of fluid all at once, so the powder is tricky, and I'm concerned the capsules won't digest properly. This is also my concern with HMB - can someone with WLS digest the capsules properly?
Also, I can't handle a lot of sugar - fruit juice and other sweets causes temporary but severe side effects (dizziness, nausea, intestinal distress, elevated BP, etc) plus it undermines my weight loss and needed lifestyle change to keep it off. I can and do eat fresh fruit and unsweetened applesauce daily. Is that enough take creatine effectively?