Creatine has been all the buzz lately in the world of physical fitness. It debuted on the market and promised immediate results for weightlifters. It was supposed to be the magical supplement that would get you ripped in no time. Unfortunately, a lot of people didn’t see the type of gains that they desired when they used the supplement. This isn’t because creatine does not work. It is because these people didn’t use the supplement correctly. You need to use creatine properly. When you do, it will treat you really well.
Creatine is a naturally occurring chemical in the body. It is stored in the muscles and this micronutrient is often depleted in weightlifters who fatigue their muscles. You want to use creatine supplements to restore the micronutrient into the cells of the body. You do this during what is called “the loading phase.”
The loading phase takes about a week. You want to take up to 20 grams of creatine per day for five days, i.e. Monday through Friday. It is essential that you take the supplement the right way. Creatine gives your body a spike in insulin, so it is recommended to take the supplement with a sugary drink. Often times, a good, healthy juice is recommended.
After the loading phase, the muscles should be pretty well stocked on the nutrient. Now it is time to go to the maintenance phase of the supplementation. During the maintenance phase, many people overdose themselves with up to 10 grams of the supplement. But for most people, taking only 2 to 3 grams will do.
Your physical fitness gains will be dramatically better when your body is stocked full of this micronutrient. You will be able to work harder, recover more quickly and feel better during and after your heavy workouts.