My dilemma when using creatine
I am toward end of my 2nd cycle, eating at around maintenance (3-4 times per week +250 from maintenance on day before lifting and on my cheat day), while lifting with weight progression plan (I am 2kg plate more than end of my first cycle in large muscles) - I know humble plates but I will work my way up, not in a rush but my body has strange respond!
After 3-weeks in 2nd cycle, the same dilemma happened before at same parameters:
1) my jeans did not need a belt (before) now it will slide off my hip (after).
2) my measurements in five location shoulder, waist, hip, thigh, arm remain same.
3) scale reading is +4lbs (after) & I suddenly felt fatigue that I had to adjust
. Why did I adjust?
other than feel fatigue, physically & mentally.
1) I had difficulty in breath (no food 2-hours before w/o).
2) I pee a lot 7-9 times per day (water consumption is constant in cycle).
3) My stomach could not handle food at maintenance or slight +250 (food indigestion).
So I decide to adjust in week 4 by eating slightly below maintenance & start some light cardio for recovery
. I felt better overall, all above points got better. What's my issue?
Eating at around or slightly more than maintenance is force-feed myself because 1) I am not hungry to eat all and 2) I get a food indigestion and 3) I have trouble when I breath 4) I get dark circles around eyes 5) I become very irritated 6) I get a mild flu like symptoms 7) my body feel cooler than usual.
I have no health issues, nor food allergies, nor digestive issue before that at all. My face is bloated & my hip-handles are slightly bloated.That's only visible changes overall, rest remain the same but I never bloated more than 2lbs in the past, I am on creatine 3g every other day, for 4-weeks cycle then 1-week off. What's my question? Rep/Sets:
In my 1st cycle, I did 5x5; above symptoms were even worst.
In my 2nd cycle, I switched to 3x5, those symptoms were moderate. Weight Progression:
My starting plates in 2nd cycle was slightly height than my starting plates in 1st cycle by 7-10%.
In my 2nd week, my progression was 5kg or 10lbs (I had experience with those plates from 1st cycle)
My overall (added plates) in 1st cycle, 5-weeks was 5kg/10lbs in large muscle groups.
My overall (added plates) in 2nd cycle, 4-weeks was 2kg/4lbs in large muscle groups. Question 1:
How would you explain +4lbs on scale while same measurements in only 3-weeks time?Question 2:
Are above adjustments to total calories and added plates normal & part of strength gain cycle?
Sorry for long post but could use some advice, to adopt it in my 3rd cycle which will start soon. PS: I take measurements on 5 locations only as indicator, not only for fat loss but also gauge my bloat (I wish to remain as bloat free as possible).
post edited by wintergirl - 2017/11/30 10:24:53