So you have finally gone out and purchased some creatine, you have heard all the rave reviews from so many people in the gym and on the internet, and you finally wanted to try it out for yourself. But what can you do if you find that it does not work as well as you had hoped or even at all? In that situation, you came to the right place – because there are a few things that could be causing your creatine effectiveness to be reduced.
The basics behind it
First, yes creatine simply does not provide very noticeable results for some people. However, there are only a few people like this, so there may be other causes. The most basic problem that people run into is that the level of creatine in the cells is just not high enough yet. Approximately four to six days after you start your loading phase there can be anywhere between 5 and 30% more creatine in your cells, but it is important to realize that in order to have any sort of noticeable effect on your workout, you need at least 20% more creatine in your system than you normally would have. This means that those people who naturally have low creatine levels are going to be the first to benefit, because for them the increase is most apparent.
Perhaps you already have a naturally high creatine level in your system, this means that the small amount you are adding does nothing because it is simply not going to provide you with that extra 20% increase. But there are other reasons.
You are not taking enough creatine
It is important that you take in enough creatine to make a difference. Maybe your body needs slightly more creatine than is normally suggested for an average person. You can try increasing the dosage little by little and seeing if it makes a difference in how you experience your creatine benefits. Also consider that amount of sports supplements that you are currently taking will have an impact on your energy levels.
You are not taking your creatine regularly
If you are only taking your creatine every other day or keep forgetting about taking a dose, you may as well stop taking it altogether. You will save yourself money, because ultimately taking your creatine inconsistently does nothing for you. It is important that you take it every single day to volumise your muscles and ensure that they have the creatine and key protein they need to expand.
You are not taking in carbohydrates approximately 30 minutes after you take creatine
Consuming carbohydrates helps your body absorb creatine. If you make sure that you take in carbohydrates after you take in creatine you may notice the difference. This is the reason that many people prefer to take their creatine with juice, because it delivers both the creatine and the carbohydrates to ensure that it is easily dissolved into your system.
Ultimately if these do not do the trick, there is a chance that your body is naturally resistant to insulin (which you need to get the most out of creatine) or it could be that you have an inferior brand of creatine, which ultimately means that you are not getting enough pure creatine into your system.
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