Updated: Oct 12
Ever heard that if you stop taking creatine you'll lose all of your muscle and strength?
I have, and that's why in this article I'm going to reveal the truth as to what actually happens when you stop taking creatine.
Let's first take a look at what creatine is and how it works. It is created naturally and is mostly stored in our muscles, but it may also be found in almost every organ in our bodies.
What Does Creatine Do?
Creatine enables your body to produce more ATP. Essentially it is a source of energy for our bodies.
When you consume beef, for example, it does not just enter your bloodstream, it will be broken down, digested, and absorbed in part.
Amino acids derived from a complete protein source (such as beef, in this example) are absorbed and converted to ATP, with the help of creatine.
Creatine is not a magic bullet and does not instantly cause you to start building muscle (though it does have other anabolic effects).
Let's assume you can bench 200 lbs for 6 reps. When you've completed your sixth rep and are aiming for 7, creatine permits your body to store more ATP in your muscles than without creatine.
That extra energy (ATP) allows you to complete a 7th rep that you wouldn't have been able to accomplish otherwise. This is how creatine works.
What Happens if You Stop Taking Creatine
In the best case, nothing! At worst, you'll lose a tiny bit of strength and a few pounds. This does not imply that you will shrink in size and strength, losing the power you previously had.
All that has happened is you have lost a bit of extra energy. Keep in mind that creatine is not a drug nor is it a steroid and there are no major withdrawal symptoms.
Plus, there's no compelling reason to discontinue taking creatine as it is perfectly safe and effective to use for almost anyone.
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