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post #16 of 27
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Originally Posted by keal
My advice would be to take a multivitamin and a multi-oil pill (omega 3-6-9 pills - usually a combo of borage, flaxseed and fish oils), cut out the junk food, and drink water all day long. While getting into the exercise routines and streamlining the diet, body composition should be changing noticeably.

Sloaney should hold on to the creatine and use it later. I think it would be a waste to use it in the beginning. When he does use it, it'll most likely give him better workout sessions. Honestly you don't need any bodybuilding supplements, but it's fun to play with them off and on. You'll usually get a massive energy boost when you add something new to your regimen.

My take on creatine, or any other bodybuilding-specific supplement is that it's too costly in the long run to take anything regularly if you're just a casual lifter. Besides, who wants to be big and thick like the Hulk? Ladies sure don't care if a guy has a neck that's thicker than their waist

Diet and exercise and I think Sloaney will get there!


--- I would agree with this as the macro supplementation is your first and foremost issues: food/timing/water/multi vitamian/omega's EFAs) if you don't have this done, any additional supplements is really somewhat worthless.

However creatine will hardly make you look like the Hulk either.

I would agree women prefer a muscular (within reason), lean, symmetrical (think V taper/lines, handsome ness) over extreminity. However like they will verbally deny that Cars (types), clothing, living arrangments, power have no influence on them, the opposite is the truth, they just can't socially verbalize it as it goes they fear being labeled shallow. Eventually they all admit it with honesty, same goes with the guy with the fit body, as the bedroom behaviors of females make you realize how carnal they can be. I'll agree that as stated creatine is really if you are 'hardcore' persay and really like to push yourself to performance excellence otherwise I think it is really quite unnecessary and to be fair there are no longer term studies that conclusively demonstrate Safety. I think you'll find drinking enough water is one of the most life chaning. Keal also has women pose for him with his name on their shirt.
post #17 of 27
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thanks. i found it amazing that water was mentioned repeatedly. how exactly does drinking water make such a difference weight loss or muscle gain?
post #18 of 27
When you're filled with water, you tend to not eat as much. Water also helps clean out the junk in your system. There may not be a direct correlation with water drinking and weight loss, it's foolish to exercise in the summer time and not drink a ton of it. I go through at least a liter of water every time I work out. And that's usually followed by another big glass of water when I get home.
post #19 of 27
Yep! The more things you put in your mouth, and the more waste material your muscles create through exercise... those things need to be transported with water.

If you don't drink a lot of water, you'll still lose weight, but a LOT slower. What a lot of people at my workplace do is keep a half gallon pitcher (or larger) of water at their desk and they have to finish it at the end of the day. I have a water machine right next to my desk, and I drink everytime I think about it
post #20 of 27
The net effect of creatine is that it allows you to increase the duration of maximum effort by a moderate amount, which in turn allows you to increase your reps at max effort, which builds more muscle. While it's true that this particular effect only lasts as long as you take creatine, the increased muscle that you've build remains, and you will be able to lift more weight than if you had not built that muscle, and burn more calories.
post #21 of 27
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Originally Posted by drizzt3117
The net effect of creatine is that it allows you to increase the duration of maximum effort by a moderate amount, which in turn allows you to increase your reps at max effort, which builds more muscle. While it's true that this particular effect only lasts as long as you take creatine, ***the increased muscle that you've build remains, and you will be able to lift more weight than if you had not built that muscle, and burn more calories.
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--- It is not that simple nor has that been proven by a study. Also there are no stuides demonstrating statement:

"the increased muscle that you've build remains, and you will be able to lift more weight than if you had not built that muscle, and burn more calories.[/quote]***"


This is speculation not scientific fact. Go to the study section of this thread and read the facts again. You can't make such claims without it being studied. Also, again the macro nutrient/Supplment (water, food, timing, exercise, type) determine your strength and level of permanent strength (if that is your objective or size, if that is your objective) Size and Strength are not necessarily the same. Size is actually the result of eccentric movement and damage for the most part on type II muscle twitch whereas strength is a concentric -nerve force output- performance measure. You train differently based on what your objective is. Ever seen a chubby olympic lifter who's strong as an ox. He could easily outbench any bodybuilder but his physique doesn't necessarily look symmetrical.
post #22 of 27
Yes, plenty of water and the right diet, but also needed are frequent small meals instead of a few big meals. By the way, calcium will help burn fat.

Weights and cardio or swimming is a great regimen idea.
post #23 of 27
Yes, I still say the Number #1 supplement is H20. Your body simply cannot perform if not well hydrated for numerous reasons. And Diet Coke is not water.
post #24 of 27
Certainly the ATP/Cr/PCr cycles are not simple but that's not at all important when considering the effect of creatine.

To put it simply:

1) Lifting heavy weights increases muscle size and quantity.

2) Taking creatine increases your capacity to lift weight (both number of reps and potential weight)

Certainly if you don't continue to lift weights at the same level you may lose some of these gains, but it can help.
post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by sloaney
thanks for the advice so far - much appreciated! i must admit i stupidly bought a bottle of creatine capsules and don't know what to do with them now. do they help or should i just toss them away?
Well, for starters: they're not suppositories.
post #26 of 27


Use Creatine Ethyl Ester it dosen't bloat you like the old Creatine Monohydrate
post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by sloaney
Is it possible to cut fat/weight and build tone/muscle at the same time?
Only if you are a) Completely newbie (in strength training) b) Experienced lifter returning from the layoff c) Using anabolic steroids In other cases no. When eat more than you need: You get more both muscle AND fat. The ratio between these is mostly genetic, but you can make a difference by lifting weigths and doing cardio. When you eat less than you need: You lose both fat AND muscle. Again, the ratio between them is mostly genetic. And again, you can make a difference by lifting weigths (and make sure that you eat enough protein while dieting, preventing muscle loss as much as possible).
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