Sure, taking creatine sounds like a great idea. After all, it’s supposed to help us bulk up faster, and helps the body produce energy quickly, which leads to higher intensity workouts. In fact, creatine is an active substance in many of the foods we’re already eating, so how much could it actually end up hurting us by supplementing more in our diet through powders?
Besides, considering that it will help us bulk up, it’s like getting the benefits of steroids without having to worry about the side effects like higher pitched voices, roid rage, and dick shrinkage, right?
Not so fast. According to the researchers at Livestrong, if we were to ever stop taking creatine, we’d end up losing weight immediately because creatine also stores water in the muscles, helping us to look stronger than we actually are. Stopping creatine means that there’s no need for the water to be stored anymore, which means that there’s a greater likelihood for us to end up losing the mass that we thought we had gained.
And, of course, considering that creatine helps us build up additional energy, it can be expected that our workouts won’t be as intense, which can mean taking steps back in our strength training. And, in more extreme cases, a reduction in the amount of creatine our body naturally produces. This however is more dependent on how much creatine we’re putting in our body as we could naturally decrease our own internal production if the body’s recognizing how much we’re digesting is more than what’s needed.
While it’s likely the body will be able to eventually find a balance with it’s own creatine production, it’s also not something that happens overnight, which could additionally add to the fatigue that comes with stopping creatine.
So, are there benefits to taking creatine?
However, we would likely be better off just by sticking to a balanced diet that provides us with the proper amounts of protein for muscle gain, and carbohydrates and fats for energy simply because there are no bad side effects for eating correctly.