After years of this back and forth, I started reading more and more articles that explained the benefits of creatine, even for women. It still took me a while, but I gave in and decided to give it a try a few months ago. I did not do any loading, but did add 3 mg a day to my PWO shake. After a week or so I started to notice some changes. I was able to push a bit harder at the gym, but more drastic than that my muscles were growing. Unfortunately, the creatine also made me feel really bloated pretty much all of the time. No, I wasn't just bloated at my midsection, but pretty much everywhere. You can tell in some of my more recent back pics. Where my sports bra meets my ribs there is an inch or so of water weight.
The great thing about the bloating is that it does indeed disappear once you stop taking it. I've been off of it for 4 days and I'm down 4lbs. I weighed in at 114lbs this morning, which is least I've weighed in the last 6 weeks of being on creatine. I was hanging steady around 118-119lbs while taking it.
For now, I'm planning on taking a few more weeks off to see what happens. I think it makes sense to stay off of it during the summer because no one wants to be bloated in a bikini! The fall and winter would be ideal for putting on some additional size.
I am a believer that using creatine does help with weight loss, just as the following excerpt from Livestrong.com explains:
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Here are a few articles about women and creatine if you are interested: