if you should slow down or stop lifting, that mass will go right to fat. once you start taking creatine you are commiting to a life of lifting wieghts with intesity or being fat (this is from experience).
Not true. Â Muscle doesn't turn to fat. Â Muscle can atrophy and decrease in size. Â Fat is generally caloric intake in excess of one's energy needs. Â The two are largely independent. Â Obviously, if one stops working out, both muscle atrophy and a decrease in energy needs are experienced. Â If that were coordinated with a corresponding decrease in caloric intake, muscle atrophy would not be affected but fat buildup could be prevented. Just as with any workout program, creatine supplementation will be more effective for some people than for others. Â When I first started using it, I experienced significant power and strength gains. Â A good friend experienced little benefit. Â I suspect that was partially due to his body type (more ectomorphic than me) and partially due to the lower intensity of his workouts. Â The only way you can tell what it will do for you is to try it, and I believe you can try it with little or no risk. I would suggest that you wait until you experience a training plateau. Â Building strength is an endeavor in diminishing returns. Â The farther one moves beyond one's physiological equilibrium, for lack of a better concept, the more effort is required in terms of workout intensity, diet, and sleep. Â If you are continuing to make strength gains now with your current regimen, enjoy it and save the extra effort for when you need it. Also, try things for yourself and take others' suggestions with a grain of salt. Â According to what I've already read on this thread, I'm some combination of the following: - a competitive athlete - too dumb to see through marketing untruths - about to lose significant muscle mass since I recently cycled off creatine - doomed to taking creatine for the rest of my life - stupid for taking "drugs" to enhance performance - extremely vain Congrats on your current weight loss and best of luck with your workouts. dan