Holy Ammonia smell!


EvB

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Hi,

I'm 5 days in to W30 and formerly a strict paleo eater. I did a speedy run the other morning and reeked of ammonia after! It was overwhelming! I also got nauseated about 20 minutes after i finished the run. I know ammonia is burning protein but wondered if this is a + or - in terms of fat loss or what have you. I used to have this happen in the past when I was running 65+ miles/week and eating a normal diet. This is the first time it has happened since I went paleo and W30 (and I run a *lot* less now and mostly do cardio and crossfit instead). Any thoughts? Thanks! Eve

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sounds like you could be going keto. are you eating enough high carb veggies like sweet potatoes, beets, parsnips, winter squash? You'll need it to fuel your workouts.

Thanks. I didn't know ammonia smell was another possible sign of ketosis.  I also have the urine odor often so it's likely.  I'm usually around 70-80g of total carbs and 40-50g of net carbs during the week, then load up a little bit on weekends due to my heavier training schedule.

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When you go into ketosis, Acetone (like in fingernail polish remover) is expelled through the skin and respiration. Ketosis isn't dangerous for normal healthy people, and is frequently used as a tool to burn fat. Just eat some extra carbs to make sure you are able to replenish the glycogen stores in your muscles.

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