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"Fishy" smell & eating 100% meat

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 13, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Day 12 of my Whole 30 challenge and everything is going great... down almost 10 lbs, not as tired, etc., all the great things that happen when switching to Paleo. However, I have noticed a few things...

One is that I feel like I have a more of a "fishy" smell to my skin. I don't know if it's coming out of my pours or what and I do notice it more when having sex. Sorry of TMI, but it's very distinct. Is this normal? WTF?

Secondly the last few days I haven't really wanted veggies. Almost hard to eat them. I think I could forgo the veggies for awhile and really not miss them much. Is this a bad idea? Switching to a mostly 100% meat diet? Or will it make me smell even fishier?

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on April 14, 2012
at 03:52 PM

Very likely explanation, also increased ammonia/urea production. Nitrogenous by-byproducts of protein metbaolism can be smelly! Excess protein? Perhaps increasing fat would be a solution, if OP is dead-set on low-carb.

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on April 14, 2012
at 05:45 AM

Wow. When Ifirst went completely Paleo I supplemented with carnitine... And I found the more I took, the stronger this 'odor'... I had begun taking fish oil simultaneously, and attributed it to this... I'm going to do some self experimentation. Thanks for contributing this info!

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on April 14, 2012
at 12:10 AM

From my experience having done VLC, LC, HC, not to mention vegetarian -

1 - I get a bit smelly when I first drop carbs a lot. Drinking more water helps a lot with this.

2 - VLC is doable and if you body is asking for it there is no reason not to. Most people I've heard from have their desire for fats and veggies come back after a day or so. If not run with it.

3 - If you do go semi-carnivore look into what it takes to remain healthy. Ambimorph should weigh in. She's the opinion I'd trust.

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on April 14, 2012
at 05:14 AM

Im wondering if you might not have some genetic susceptibility to trimethylaminuria. And the stress due to VLC dieting is bring it out. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trimethylaminuria . I have had a similar problem every time i've tried going VLC. So you might want to try upping your carbs a bit.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on April 14, 2012
at 03:52 PM

Very likely explanation, also increased ammonia/urea production. Nitrogenous by-byproducts of protein metbaolism can be smelly! Excess protein? Perhaps increasing fat would be a solution, if OP is dead-set on low-carb.

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

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on April 14, 2012
at 05:45 AM

Wow. When Ifirst went completely Paleo I supplemented with carnitine... And I found the more I took, the stronger this 'odor'... I had begun taking fish oil simultaneously, and attributed it to this... I'm going to do some self experimentation. Thanks for contributing this info!

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on April 14, 2012
at 04:23 AM

Dude trust me. your body odor will pass soon enough. I'm ZERO carb I see no reasons as why to eat dirty vegetation lol. Drink tons of water. Eating only meat by itself won't cause body odor you see. It's most likely all the spices flavoring used with it. This is what you are most likely experiencing. My body smells more " primal " and " Native " since going ALL MEAT. I feel awesome. NO blood sugar swings at all. Drink tons of water. When eating carbs i get a yeasty moldy smell.

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on April 14, 2012
at 07:15 PM

I think you're in ketosis. You could try eating a little bit of carbs and the fishy smell will go away. You should also add fat to your diet--100% meat is not healthy. It can lead to rabbit starvation.

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