I've been Paleo now about 2 months. Most of meals are directly from paleo recipes, so the macronutrients. ratios should be correct. My problem is after an 60 minute walk I smell of ammonia. I started my journey at a whopping 430 pounds and have lost 60 pounds. Don't worry 36 of that was in week 1. Therefore an average of 3.5 pounds per week.
So how can I minimize the ammonia smell? Any help would be appreciated.
@Mike It is related to a fuel switch and the catabolic breakdown of proteins that comes when you first restrict your intake of carbs. Usually in acute weight loss people restrict carbs and become ketogenic but do not eat enough protein to offset catabolic losses and they tear up their own protein. When you metabolize protein you liberate amino acids to get glucose and you generate excess nitrogen. In order to get rid of the excess nitrogen, your body typically processes the nitrogen in your kidneys and forms urea, CO(NH2)2 - basically, a carbon dioxide molecule bound to nitrogen and hydrogen. Urea is then excreted in the urine. If your kidneys cannot handle the load of nitrogen, then the nitrogen will be excreted as ammonia in your sweat. Your body is not yet used to the sheer volume of ketones and does not have all the proper amounts of enzymes to run a ketogenic furnace and still requires some glucose sources so it breaks down protein in the short term. If you add a protein like my BAB does in the leptin Rx is goes completely away very very quickly. Continue your success and keep up updated and congrats on your successes
Keep it up! Keep doing what you are doing. It will go away when you get down to under 200lbs, congratulations, your burning fat like a furnace!
The science pathway:
First, Ketones are by-products of fatty acid oxidation (fat burning) Ketones: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ketone_bodies
a nice video on Fatty Acid Oxidation/Metabolism
Thanks for the kind words. I'm an over the road truck driver, so things are more of. a challenge during the week. I'm eating carrots and cauliflower with every meal (large bowl). On the weekends, my wife cook huge portions of vegetables with our meals. I have been staying away from fruit because I'm still so big.
I can't explain the science pathway but I think it is a byproduct of too much protein and is not a good thing. You might try more dietary fat and less protein. Another idea I got somewhere is to up your potassium. I've been eating a BAB (big a** breakfast) a la Dr. Kruse's Leptin Rx and sometimes I smell the ammonia. I dissolve a little potassium chloride in water and sip.
I used to get that as well; normally only after or during the end of long slow distance training (which, now, I avoid like the plague; ex-gf had me training for a marathon).
It's basically the smell of excess nitrogen in your blood stream due to your body, which is carb deficient, burning protein for energy instead of carbs.
Upping your carb intake should take care of that but then again if weight loss is your goal you might want to stick to the routine and disregard the Windex aroma steaming from your pores.
Not sure though, just a little "pseudo/bro-science" here, but I would definitely Goog it if I were you.
Yahoo! You are stinking up a fat burning party!!! Keep it up. It's the skinny buff guy just fighting his way out from under the big guy.
By the way- drink some water- it will help flush you a little. Just don't go crazy with it. Your kidneys are already working hard enough at this point.