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Losing muscle despite doing exercise

Resistance training is the primary preserver of muscle mass while in a caloric deficit. Eating protein alone isn't enough, you need resistance training plus protein. The pushups will be effective at ...
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Should I stop Creatine because of the weight gain?

Creatine supplementation typically causes weight gain of around 1-2kg. 1 It also takes about 30 days to completely clear from one's system.2 So if you think carrying an extra 1-2kg of water weight ...
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Can you drink alcohol while taking creatine?

Put simply, creatine needs water to help maintain, build, and restore muscles when you work out. Alcohol does the opposite as it dehydrates you. Drinking alcohol and creatine might not get the best ...
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Can Kre-Alkalyn be used to preload for standard Creatine-monohydrate?

Kre-Alkalyn can be used to predrain your wallet. Greg Nuckols has a great article on creatine over at StrongerByScience called "Not Another Boring Creatine Guide: Answers To FAQs And Lesser-Known ...
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Using creatine powder for fat loss

No. Not in the way you're thinking. The reason more muscle burns fat faster than less muscle is because there are physically more muscle cells that require nutrients to function. Creatine just holds ...
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Is increased water intake while taking creatine necessary on off weeks?

It is not necessary to increase water intake while off creatine. The creatine will flush out of your system naturally. You'll go back to baseline after a few days. Also, while not part of the question,...
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Losing muscle despite doing exercise

Your scales cannot accurately measure muscles mass. It might be getting an estimate of lean mass, but you can expect lean mass to decrease on a diet. Its not a loss of muscles fibres but rather a loss ...
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Are BCAA supplements and/or creatine necessary when balancing power and cardio training?

In general I think all the colorful drinks are about marketing. The supplement industry has done a good job of convincing people that products are required pretty much 24/7. A pre-workout before you ...
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Effect of whey protein on blood cholesterol level

First of all, BCAAs are branched-chain amino acids, and amino acids are the building blocks for protein. Your body can get amino acids from protein sources by catabolism just fine. Eat good protein ...
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Creatine and water retention. Why to drink more water?

Creating draws more water into your muscle cells, which helps to increase muscle bulk and also increase protein synthesis (1)(2), although the total amount of water involved is relatively small. It ...
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Mixture of BCAA and Creatine

BCAAs are just three of the constituent amino acids of whole protein, so supplementing sufficient protein intake with BCAAs is just wasting money. Just eat more whole protein if you think you need ...
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Losing muscle despite doing exercise

Exercise does not build muscle. At all. At most, exercise can create the conditions to build muscle. But exercise, itself, is catabolic: it only breaks down muscle. Building muscle requires anabolic ...
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Does being sick affect creatine?

Creatine is a very safe and well researched substance. It's considered very safe and useful for being able to get more out of our training than we would without it. It takes time for creatine to ...
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Should I stop Creatine because of the weight gain?

Creatine isn't going to help a lot, but it wouldn't hurt either. The improvement in muscle endurance due to creatine is minor, and it confers no improvement in prolonged cardiovascular exercise. ...
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Are BCAA supplements and/or creatine necessary when balancing power and cardio training?

BMI is not well applicable to athletes. impedance scales are close to useless, except maybe if you take samples over a long period and then use averages. the effects of creatine are described here: ...
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Will creatine prevent initial joint soreness when starting exercise?

Creatine does not reduce muscle damage or soreness, or enhance recovery.1 If you're experiencing joint pain during initial sets, and it goes away as you continue doing sets, that just sounds like you ...
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Possible to determine amount of creatine from package details?

There is a standard way to read supplement labels. The linked webpage is a useful visualization. There is an "active" section and an "other" or "non-active" section in a ...
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Do you absorb undissolved creatine?

We conclude that creatine administered as meat or in solid form is readily absorbed but may result in slightly lower peak concentrations than when the same dose is ingested as a solution. “Absorption ...
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Do you absorb undissolved creatine?

Yes. I don't have any studies to back that up, but I personally never put creatine in any kind of fluid. I stir it in yogurt or cooked oatmeal usually. My bodyweight will decrease significantly when ...
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Why do people cycle creatine?

I'm not sure it would be possible to trace the origin of the belief, but like most things in fitness, it most likely started because there was no information at the time so all people had to go by was ...
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Should I use Nitrobolon for better muscles growth?

This looks like it's a combo Nitric Oxide + Creatine supplement. Nitric Oxide is coming from the arginine and citrulline. Glutamine is for digestion. Creatine does creatine things (increases water ...
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Natural alternatives for boosting creatine levels

Aside from supplements, beef, fish, and red meat contain the highest levels of creatine; in that order. Lesser amounts can be found in milk. My googling tells me that it's roughly a pound of beef for ...
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Is Creatine Loading necessary?

I found 1 study comparing loading and not loading. Unfortunately, the researchers concluded that both loading and and a steady amount of creatine did not improve performance in their study. You can ...
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Should I continue taking creatine when on a long break from training?

Creatine is a molecule in an energy system (creatine phosphate) that can rapidly produce energy (ATP) to support cellular function. Thus its performance-enhancing and neuroprotective properties. A ...
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Should I continue taking creatine when on a long break from training?

You dont need to stop taking creatine if you are going for 8 days break, your creatine levels in body will decrease if you do so, As you are not going to workout I would recommend you taking 5g ...
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