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Should I take creatine while cutting weight? My lifts are stalling.

Micro Focus / Engccowboi
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.

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  • Amazon marshall28
    You 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.
    Jan 313
    • Facebook Moth
      If you are carrying a large weight surplus, you can recomp. It will be less effective than a pure bulk cycle but does work.

      One key is protein. You need to hit your protein macros: 1g/lb of body weight/day. This is really hard to do when eating at a deficit.
      Jan 31
    • Micro Focus / Engccowboi
      OP
      Yeah, I understand that. Should I just try to eat at maintenance then and recomp?
      Jan 31
    • Facebook Moth
      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 1
  • Intel Jciidjspa
    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.
    Jan 313
    • Micro Focus / Engccowboi
      OP
      Dumb question- but if I lift heavy on the compounds but do high rep isolation exercises afterwards, is that fine? Basically following a powerbuilding approach.
      Jan 31
    • Intel Jciidjspa
      You mentioned you are novice in this game - you need to focus on compounds. Do not do much isolation exercises - this might cause some muscle imbalances (ironically those are actually used to work on muscle imbalances when done properly)
      Jan 31
    • Facebook Moth
      +1 to only doing compounds.
      Jan 31
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    Lose the fat ASAP and don't worry about strength for now. Your ego will want to lift but you need to CUT!
    Jan 310
  • Cognizant APIPM
    Creatine is good. Taking creatine 1 hour before workout will boost your workout and give you that 1 extra rep. You have to drink extra glass of water if you take creatine specifically monohydrate creatine.
    Jan 310
  • Facebook Moth
    r/fitness
    Jan 310
  • Amazon brazzil
    What are your lifts?
    Jan 310
  • Amazon hjob87
    No
    Jan 310
  • Airo Health eooB85
    Why not caffeine why creatine?

    I would take a break, maintain deficit on average but introduce a few more cheat days where I eat to maintenance, then get back to it in 3 or so weeks.

    In these 3 weeks, I would also pay attention to my diet and introduce more green veggies.
    Jan 310
  • Are you competing for something? Or just want to look and feel good?

    If it’s the latter, don’t take creatine.
    Jan 310

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