Online message boards are filled with women asking why they smell since turning their diet and exercise way up (maybe too much?). “When odors are new, that can be a sign that your body is not functioning properly,” says disordered-eating specialist Edward Tyson, M.D. Three common offenders:
REASON: For extreme low-carbers: When ketones (the by-product of a body burning fat instead of carbs) become too elevated in the blood, they can release an alcohol-like odor.
REASON: High-protein diets can produce a bleach or ammonia scent, a sign that muscle might be being used instead of fat for fuel, which can slow metabolism, making it harder to keep off weight. (Hit the reset button—and burn fat like crazy with The Body Clock Diet!)
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REASON: Picky eaters or those trying to restrict their calorie intake may over-spice the select (or bland) things they regularly consume, which can cause a garlicky aroma.
Related: 5 Body Odors You Should Never Ignore
If you’re catching weird whiffs, see your GP and, ideally, an R.D., who will help get your body running efficiently again.
This article originally appeared in the December 2017 issue of Women’s Health. For more greatadvice, pick up a copy of the issue on newsstands now!
Source: Women’s Health Mag