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Old 03-19-2008, 02:08 PM   #1
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Creatine and chicken

I am trying to get back in shape, I don't eat red meat. I haven't eaten it since I was a serious athlete a few years back. For some reason it is the only part of my old diet that I didn't break, I ate loads of crap but not red meat.

Now that I am trying to get back in shape after about a year getting fat I am going back to the old diet. I know that red meat is a natural source of creatine, is there any creatine in chicken? If not would it be worthwhile to add a creatine supplement to my diet? If so, are there any brands/types that you would recommend? How much should I take?

I am 6'1", I weigh about 84kg and have a body fat of about 12-16% so it won't be too much work hopefully to get back to my best of about 7% body fat. I want to weigh 92kg.

I might post my workouts in here if I lack motivation, hopefully I won't need to.

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Old 03-19-2008, 02:28 PM   #2
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Re: Creatine and chicken

For all practical purposes chicken is not a source of creatine.

Creatine (monohydrate) is a well-researched, effective (if you aren't a non-responder) and safe (if you aren't a retard) supplement. Go with any micronized creatine monohydrate. As long as you are getting that substance, the brand doesn't matter. You can buy it cheaply in bulk.

You can start with the standard dosing of 5g with your pwo drink/meal. Experiment and modify. There is debate about loading. I don't think it's necessary.
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Old 03-21-2008, 07:04 AM   #3
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Re: Creatine and chicken

Is creatine a performance enhancer? I mean that once I stop taking it will I lose the benefits of having taken it? Will I lose the retained water etc?

There is not very much good info. about creatine online imo
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Old 03-21-2008, 10:00 AM   #4
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Is creatine a performance enhancer? I mean that once I stop taking it will I lose the benefits of having taken it? Will I lose the retained water etc?

There is not very much good info. about creatine online imo
Take this with a grain of salt because my knowledge of creatine is limited (and I've never taken it).

From what I've read, creatine is a performance enhancer in the sense that it helps you recover quicker and might give you a little bit of extra energy/"feeling good" to help you have better workouts. It's benefit is the fact that you're allowed to push yourself harder than you would have been able to.

After you stop taking it you would lose the water weight, but you wouldn't lose any extra muscle/etc. you had developed while on it.
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Old 03-21-2008, 10:18 AM   #5
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Re: Creatine and chicken

There are no "gains" to be lost b/c creatine is non-hormonal. That is, your body's physiology will be the same whether or not you are using creatine. When you juice, your body is receiving insane amounts of anabolic hormones and creating an essentially artificial environment for muscle growth.

That's why when you get off, you will lose a sizeable amount of your gains from a cycle. Not sure if you want it, but here's a little biochemistry lesson just to explain how creatine works.

Your body uses ATP (adenosine triphosphate) as its primary energy source. When ATP is used up, a phosphate group is cleaved off leaving it as ADP (diphosphate). The ADP will grab a phosphate group off of creatine-phosphate to create more ATP. So in theory, the larger the available pool of creatine-phosphate, the more ATP you have available during strenuous exercise and thus, more reps. Hope this helps.

Edit: Didn't see your additional questions at the bottom. Chicken has very small amounts of creatine, so yes supplementing would be a good choice. Look for micronized creatine monohydrate. Purity seems to be a big issue lately, so try to find one that is 3rd party certified as 100% pure. Use 5 grams a day and make sure to drink lots of water.

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Old 03-21-2008, 10:42 AM   #6
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taking small amounts of creatine as a supplement should be fine. The only research I've read that causes kidney problems was *mostly* from people who took too much or for too long a cycle and didn't drink enough water (you need a lot). There is still a ton of long term research to do but I haven't read anything that definitely says to stay away from it.
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Old 03-21-2008, 11:08 AM   #7
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Re: Creatine and chicken

Thanks for all the advice guys, I will try to pick up some creatine monohydrate this weekend. I presume it is best to go for creatine on its own as opposed to a combination of protein/glutamine/creatine etc?
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Thanks for all the advice guys, I will try to pick up some creatine monohydrate this weekend. I presume it is best to go for creatine on its own as opposed to a combination of protein/glutamine/creatine etc?
What? No. It's perfectly fine to use all 3 together, you should be supplementing with protein anyway when you are lifting regularly.
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Old 03-21-2008, 11:58 AM   #9
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I know. I am on weight gain and protein. It would be easier to control what you are taking if they are all separate. E.g taking creatine right before a workout, whereas your last meal should be at least 1 hour before the workout so it would be better if the creatine is not mixed up with other stuff
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Old 03-21-2008, 01:02 PM   #10
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Just curious. Why don't you eat red meat?
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Old 03-21-2008, 02:45 PM   #11
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Just curious. Why don't you eat red meat?
I was a pretty serious rugby player, I was told that I could go on to be a professional. I changed my diet to get an edge. Red meat is not good for you with the exception of lean steak. It has a high animal fat content.

As for the rugby, **** happens. I don't play any more. Haven't played properly in about 2 years, in the interim I gave up on my diet but for some strange reason I never ate red meat.
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Old 03-21-2008, 02:55 PM   #12
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You do know that most elite athletes are meat eaters right.
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Old 03-21-2008, 03:23 PM   #13
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You do know that most elite athletes are meat eaters right.
I doubt that they eat a lot of pork, lamb, bacon, poor quality steaks etc. I eat chicken, turkey and fish. I have been taking an iron supplement just in case although I probably don't need to since most breakfast cereals are fortified with iron. I am only now looking into the lack of creatine in my diet.
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Old 03-21-2008, 04:55 PM   #14
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Re: Creatine and chicken

If you just don't like red meat that's fine. But if your only concern is eating too much saturated fat, then you can avoid that by getting lean cuts, especially if you get grass fed, free range beef. It seems counter-intuitive to avoid red meat and then take various supplements to make up for what you're missing.
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Old 03-21-2008, 08:25 PM   #15
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I doubt that they eat a lot of pork, lamb, bacon, poor quality steaks etc. I eat chicken, turkey and fish. I have been taking an iron supplement just in case although I probably don't need to since most breakfast cereals are fortified with iron. I am only now looking into the lack of creatine in my diet.
the steak i get has 19g of protein and 2g of fat per 4 oz serving, and is super tasty.
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