Exercise! - Smelling ammonia-like scent after a good cardio workout!

09-26-2006, 05:42 PM
Does this sound familiar to anyone? It's crazy, but I remember it from when I lost the 20+ lbs on the last go around, and I'll take it as a sign that I'm really getting into my groove right now.

But what is it and does anyone else experience it? It's not the need to take a shower smell; very distinct from that and smells like someone opened an ammonia bottle somewhere in the room I'm in.:?:

(X-posted from LWL)

09-26-2006, 06:20 PM
You're not diabetic are you? It's not a smell like nail polish remover is it? That could be ketoacidosis which is quite a bad thing to get (although it's usually something you notice on someone's breath--not just a smell in the room).

Suzanne 3FC
09-26-2006, 06:27 PM
Jennifer and I both have experienced this. Jennifer's experience was pretty bad. I noticed it only slightly myself, but it was there. We searched for over a year to find the answer. Jennifer subjected herself to a lot of medical tests and no one could explain it. At least they didn't find anything wrong :)

So we asked Mike Monroe, with push.tv, if he knew anything. He checked into it and said everything he found seemed to indicate insufficient carbs. It's important to drink more water and also eat a little more carbs with your meals, and even a carb such as an apple before a workout.

His explanation went into detail in an email he sent me and it made a lot of sense. I'll ask for permission to reprint it :)

09-27-2006, 09:31 AM
I get that taste too... I've read that, like Suzanne said, it's not enough carbs and protein, plus that when you get that taste or smell you are burning muscle instead of fat ... Not sure if this is true though :shrug:

09-27-2006, 11:04 AM
Nope, not diabetic, and the smell is from my sweat and not from my mouth and not a taste. I notice I get it if I really get a soaking sweat going. Creepy to think of burning muscle - ewwww. I skipped my morning workout and will try to do one at lunch today and see what happens this time. Maybe I was just pushing myself too much. I was doing 2, 1/2 hour cardio sessions a day since Sunday, which is certainly not alot for some people, but maybe it was too much too fast for someone in my fitness level. (or lack thereof) I'll go back to one cardio session today and my next wl session isn't until Friday.

09-27-2006, 11:52 AM
OK, I found this quick link to some documented research:


http://www.jbc.org/cgi/reprint/99/3/781.pdf#search=%22perspiration%20components%20uric %20acid%22

09-28-2006, 05:40 PM
So interesting cause I've noticed this phenomenon before after working out, thought it was something in my car but I guess it's just me!

09-29-2006, 01:38 AM
I have this problem but mine smells like bleach. And it doesnt seem to come from me just around me but it wasnt around until after Im done working out.