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    1. How long does it stay in the body at optimal levels after you stop taking it? From memory its 8 wks, but i really have no idea

    2. How long before a weigh-in would stop taking it? Im a boxer, with losing the water-weight being the most important element for myself, id say 2 weeks?

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    Um let's here.

    I would say you'd notice strength levels decrease after about 2-3 days I do anyway because my muscles are not being 'surged' with creatine. At the same time if you need to make weight I'd be careful with creatine. I tend to flush out all the excess water being held from monohydrate in about 4-5 days at the longest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReaperX View Post
    Um let's here.

    I would say you'd notice strength levels decrease after about 2-3 days I do anyway because my muscles are not being 'surged' with creatine. At the same time if you need to make weight I'd be careful with creatine. I tend to flush out all the excess water being held from monohydrate in about 4-5 days at the longest.
    I usually drop starchy carbs 5 days out & get on a potassium sparing diuretic 2 days if im struggling to make weight. a mild herbal laxative helps eliminate a kg or 2 of waste too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjfou View Post
    1. How long does it stay in the body at optimal levels after you stop taking it? From memory its 8 wks, but i really have no idea

    2. How long before a weigh-in would stop taking it? Im a boxer, with losing the water-weight being the most important element for myself, id say 2 weeks?
    Interesting question. I definitely don't think it stays in your system for 8 weeks. I typically gain up to about 3 pounds of water weight in 2 days or so when I start on creatine mono, and I'd say that water weight disappears in maybe 5 days. That doesn't necessarily mean the creatine stores have totally depleted, but the weight impact should dissipate in a week at most.

    If you are struggling to make weight, there's probably nothing wrong with really playing it safe and stopping the creatine 7-10 days before weigh in. Everybody is a little different, but I'd be surprised if anybody keeps the water weight for more than a week after stopping creatine supplementation. Especially if you're adding in diuretics and stuff, a week should be plenty of time. Good luck man!
    Last edited by EctoPower; 08-01-2007 at 09:42 AM. Reason: spelling
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    Thanks mate.
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