Originally Posted by hemburger
I am just trying creatine monohydrate am feel I have bloated. My belly seems unusually large since I started taking it (3 days back). How long should I wait for my body to "adapt" to creatine? Will it?
My stats: Weigh 160 lbs, 6 ft tall
Creatine intake: i tsp (~5 gms). First two days i took it pre-workout. Today, i had it PWO.
My calorie intake hasn't changed since I started taking creatine. In the gym, my workout seems to have improved in terms of freshness and lifting capacity gains.
Thanks for your response.
Without meaning to question your statement...are you sure your mind's not playing tricks on you?
From your post it seems like you've been taking 5mgs monohydrate powder for only 3 days? This is *no way* enough time to see the effects of creatine.
If you do a loading period (5mgs 4x a day) for 5 or 6 days, *then* you might see some difference in your body and/or gym performance. The way creatine works is, by supplementing, you build up the amount of creatine stored in your muscles over a period of time. If you're not loading, this can take up to 3 weeks.
Your body shouldn't *adapt* to creatine. One of the ways it works is by drawing more water to the muscles, so they appear more pumped, and your body will probably look smoother. That's just how it works. Once you stop taking it of course, your muscles will lose that swelling. Creatine works mainly by allowing your muscles to train harder whilst you have that extra creatine supply in the muscles.
PS - I took monohydrate powder for a while but saw absolutely no benefit. A few months ago, I started taking a shake with a creatine uptake system (Cyclone by Maximuscle). It contains dextrose, which creates an insulin spike and "forces" the uptake of creatine to the muscles. I've found it works much much better, I know a lot of friends who can vouch for the same thing too.