“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

Stinky sweat: Chapter 2
Monday, November 10, 2008

Stupid me. Of course there would be an answer to my sweat problem I explained yesterday. In fact, it appears to be a common problem among weightlifters. I went to ask.com and started typing in "Why does my sweat smell like ..." and the search engine even finished it for me by filling in the word "ammonia." Eureka! Evidently I am not alone here.

I found the answer on bodybuilding.com. The smell comes from your body burning amino acids during a workout, and this can be avoided by increasing the amount of carbohydrates in your diet. I'm trying to distill this as best as possible; the explanation was way too long and science-y for me to understand, but I did grasp the last line, "An apple a day keeps the ammonia smell away." (AD'S READING TIP FOR THE DAY: Whenever you're having trouble understanding a piece of technical writing, always jump to the last line, the conclusion. The writer inevitably boils down all his/her convoluted, way-too-long jargon into one final parting shot.)

I realize now I've been unconsciously avoiding carbs because we're all reminded 24-7 that anything white (potatoes, pasta, rice, etc.) puts pounds on us faster than a bowl of Butterfingers and Moon Pies. I remember the days when I would eat an entire bowl of pasta and grated Romano cheese and olive oil for breakfast. I NEVER eat pasta anymore. And bodybuilding.com still says I should avoid all the bad, over-processed carbs, like pasta. Instead, they suggested I enjoy a piece of "sprouted grain bread."



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Methinks you're ignoring the obvious answer: Man-opause.

November 10, 2008 at 8:17 AM  

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