Creatine Monohydrate While Cutting?
For those of you who are looking to start a cut and are wondering if you can still continue supplementing with creatine, the answer is definitely yes. Creatine monohydrate is an awesome supplement overall, and during a cutting phase it should not be cut out for these two simple reasons:
1) Helps to maintain lean body mass when in a calorie deficit
Whether you’re supplementing with creatine monohydrate currently, or are looking into it for your cut, it’s a great idea to consume on a daily basis. The reason behind this is that creatine monohydrate greatly improves the body’s overall efficiency at utilizing energy, leading to more power output from your muscles. The more strength that you can maintain during a calorie deficit, the greater chance that your body will keep that hard earned muscle.
2) Helps to maintain muscle size and fullness
Supplementing with creatine while cutting helps to maintain your muscle size and fullness by drawing in water into the muscle cells. Since your muscles are mainly composed of water, this will aid in preventing your muscles from looking “flat” as you lower your carbs and deplete glycogen levels during your cut.
Many people who start a cut generally stop taking creatine because they fear that it keeps them looking bloating and retains water around specific areas of their body. This is simply not true because with creatine monohydrate, the water is drawn into the cells of the muscle itself and not directly underneath the skin (subcutaneous). Now one thing to note is that creatine monohydrate itself is okay. Don’t be confused with the creatine powders that have extra sugars added, because that might lead the scale to not move at all or even weight gain.