Should I take creatine while cutting weight? My lifts are stalling.Jan 31
I’m a novice in lifting weights (been doing greyskull LP 3x5) but was able to make decent strength gains while losing 25 lbs. My lifts are stalling much much much earlier than when they’re supposed to be and I’m 99% sure it’s because of my calorie deficit. I’m thinking of taking creatine for an energy boost but don’t wanna get too bloated. On the other hand I still want to lose another 20-30 lbs so doing maintenance or bulking would not be ideal.
- Amazon marshall28You really won't be able to get strength gains while cutting. Fundamentally you are not able to repair muscle tissue effectively during a calorie deficit. That is why there are cycles of bulk and cut.
- That depends on whether you want a recomp or to lose weight.
Assuming your goal is weight loss, calculate your TDEE, use your goal weight, current weight and desired time period to figure out your calorie intake. Then try to maximize the protein you get and the quality of your lifting and sleep while staying within your calorie budget. If you haven’t trained before, and carry a substantial amount of extra fat, you’ll still be able to make gains. These will diminish as your excess fat stores are depleted. Understand that for most people, maintaining the strength they have already gained while on a cut is considered good. If you haven’t trained much before and are carrying a lot of excess fat, you can do better.Feb 10
- Take creatine. It serves as anti catabolic. Keep lifting heavy while cutting (don’t follow that high-rep shit. If you need to burn more calories, do cardio). Also you won’t get bloated. This is not what creatine does - it keeps your muscle more hydrated, its different than under-skin water.