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Protein vs Creatine

Tony Montana2010-05-30 05:14:07 +0000 #1
How many people have used creatine here? I assume all of us have used protein bars/ shakes. Here's what I'm wondering:

1) has anyone noticed protein make a difference, if so, in what way?

2) has anyone not noticed a significant difference when using creatine properly?

I'm not trying to advocate creatine. I realize it's a lot harder on the body and would only recommend using it in cycles and giving yourself a lot of time in-between. I'm sure protein is good for you, but I can't honestly say that I've notice anything while on it. Whereas, I think there's no doubt about the immediate benefit with creatine.

Tough call IMO.
DOC_JJ2010-05-30 05:28:22 +0000 #2
I've been supplementing for a long time. In my opinion, protein shakes are best used once or even twice a day - peri and post workout. Other than that, I have come around to the opinion that eating real, healthy, whole foods are the way to go in terms of proper supplementation.

Creatine did make me noticibly bigger after using it for several weeks. However, most of that was a water weight bloat that went away after I stopped taking it. Incidentally, during the periods of time I was taking creatine, I did get stronger. You can attribute that to putting in hard work in the weight room or whatever - I did get stronger while I was taking it.
ACIDBATHBELFORT2010-05-30 05:26:10 +0000 #3
I agree that with creatine you will see tangible gains in size and stength. Like Doc said, as soon as I get off of creatine I lose all the gains I made because its mostly water weight. The newer creatines arent as much water based but still, the gains do go away. Although it is a lil less bloating as with the older creatine monohydrates.

On the other hand protein is just that a supplement. It helps you get in an extra protein meal without having to fix or eat an actual meal. As long as youre eating enough food you can get off the proteins and wont lose anything. Overall I agree with Doc again in that a sensible diet is your best way to go. Protein shakes are a key though.

I use to love the NO products but just like creatine, the gains go away. If you want to cycle the NO and creatine that would be a good thing.

Right now I take Animal Stak before my work outs. Its a natural test booster. It doesnt really help much with size. I just find Im stronger while on it. I then take a weight gainer after my work out to quickly give me nutrients to rebuild. A hour or so before bed I drink a protein shake.
crethyb2010-05-30 06:16:47 +0000 #4
cnp pro creatine e2 works wonders
Wahoo082010-05-30 06:09:53 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by ACIDBATHBELFORT

I agree that with creatine you will see tangible gains in size and stength. Like Doc said, as soon as I get off of creatine I lose all the gains I made because its mostly water weight. The newer creatines arent as much water based but still, the gains do go away. Although it is a lil less bloating as with the older creatine monohydrates.

On the other hand protein is just that a supplement. It helps you get in an extra protein meal without having to fix or eat an actual meal. As long as youre eating enough food you can get off the proteins and wont lose anything. Overall I agree with Doc again in that a sensible diet is your best way to go. Protein shakes are a key though.

I use to love the NO products but just like creatine, the gains go away. If you want to cycle the NO and creatine that would be a good thing.

Right now I take Animal Stak before my work outs. Its a natural test booster. It doesnt really help much with size. I just find Im stronger while on it. I then take a weight gainer after my work out to quickly give me nutrients to rebuild. A hour or so before bed I drink a protein shake.

Right now, I drink a protein shake after every workout (usually 3 times a week). Is this the right way to go about it, or should I be drinking one every day?
ACIDBATHBELFORT2010-05-30 05:51:55 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by Wahoo08

Right now, I drink a protein shake after every workout (usually 3 times a week). Is this the right way to go about it, or should I be drinking one every day?

I dont know your diet nor your goals, etc. That said, I think a weight gainer is better after your work out. A weight gain shake is good because it also contains carbs, fats, as well as protein. After your workout is when your body is starving for nutrients to refuel growth and repair. So Id suggest a weight gain shake after your work out for quick absorption. A protein shake is great nightly a hour or so before bed because when you sleep is when your body does most of its repair work. By providing it with protein you are giving your body the protein it needs to help facilitate the repairs while sleeping.

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