Spoon-fed answer : NO. about 90% sure that is correct. (lol)
Why only 90% sure? I say that because I haven’t found any serious scientific studies on this matter, but if you have please feel free to post in the comments. What I have as proof of my answer is personal experience, third party feedback and just plain logic.
The reason why we hear this question frequently is because people want to get big without losing muscle definition. They’re afraid of looking too ”bulky”, like Scott Mendelson here on this picture. No offense there Scott, I’m sure you don’t care about definition anyway. Read does creatine make you stronger?
On a side note, creatine won’t transform you into a Jay Cutler overnight and you shouldn’t be afraid of looking too bulky.
Reasons why creatine won’t make your muscles look less defined :
– How creatine works
The argument saying that creatine makes you look bloated and soft is based on the water retention effect of creatine. People somehow think that all this new retained by your body will slip between the muscles and the skin. This is just not true because creatine actually increases water retention INTO the muscle fiber. Read can you take creatine with caffeine?
If creatine works good on you and produces the desired effects that it normally does : increased strenght, capacity to pump out more reps (more energy), that means you should get MORE muscle tear out of every hypertrophy workout. Which translates into muscle growth and increased muscle mass, which means you’ll burn more fat while doing nothing! See creatine affects dihydrotestosterone , dht.
What I’ve seen from friends who take creatine
A bunch of my friends are taking creatine right now or have taken it in the past. Never has anyone of them get softer, bloated or less defined because of it. In fact they’ve gotten even more defined thanks to the increased output in the gym (caused by creatine). What is the appropriate creatine dosage?
My own observations when taking cre
I’m not supplementing on creatine right now because I’m traveling, but I have in the past and never noticed any problems with muscle definition and bloating. I have gotten more defined than ever before with creatine. Bigger and stronger as well, which is nice.
The bulking excuse
Popular trend among bodybuilders or anyone who wants to gain weight. Guy goes on a bulking phase (which he misinterpreted as an excuse to anything he wants), gets bloated and fat. Add the muscle gain he got due to weight training + creatine and now he looks really bulky. Decides to blame creatine. What a shame.