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#1 LadyV

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 07:29 PM

Im 3 months out and my body has the strangest odor. It seems that what ever I eat, I can smell it on my skin and through my urine. It erks me, because I feel that if I smell it, other people do to.

Have this ever happen to anyone else. To me, it smells like a wet puppy or say what ever the food I eat. For instant, the smell of cooked meat scent lingers on my skin. Any suggestions or am I just paranoid.

I work at a school and recently, one of the kids kept asking me, what's that odor and when I didn't say anything, they just looked at me and said it was me. Ive asked family and friends if they smell anything and they say no but I really do smell an odor coming from my body that is not natural. I take baths (showers) 3 and 4 times a day when Im home hoping the odor will calm down but it doesn't. What do you think this is?
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Posted 27 May 2009 - 07:40 PM

I am only one week out from surgery, but ever since my sense of smell is very sensitive. I swear I can smell the slightest scent and nobody else can smell anything. Maybe your sense of smell is just sensitive.

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 02:42 PM

I actually had someone tell me at work yesterday that she heard my coworkers talking about how bad I smell. I always try to keep my breath smelling good (cause I always have that nasty ketosis odor on my breath) but I never thought I actually smelled bad.:confused::(
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Posted 28 May 2009 - 02:45 PM

It is the ketosis. You will smell it on your breath, urine, and sometimes your skin like with sweat etc.

It means you are losing weight!
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Posted 28 May 2009 - 07:59 PM

Since my RNY my 'bo' has gotten worse/more noticeable... I've tried just about EVERY anti-persperiant/deoderant on the market (including Mitchum for Men) and don't actually perspire a lot, if at all, but BOY do I smell like I've been out digging ditches all day in 104 degree weather!

I thought it was just me.....
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Posted 28 May 2009 - 10:02 PM

Oh no, I didn't even think about the smell! I remember when Atkins first came out and the only "vegetable" they would allow was mushrooms I tried the diet and had a funny smell coming out of my pores but when I tried Atkins after they revised it years later and you could have all sorts of vegetables/salads, I never smelled.

And I thought the prospect of being bald and skinny was daunting enough :rolleyes
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Posted 29 May 2009 - 02:46 AM

Ok now that we know what it is, how do we mask it or get rid of that odor and please don't say stop losing weight:p that is not an option.
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Posted 29 May 2009 - 05:03 AM

All you can do is alter your diet to change it. Add low hypoglycemic carbs and that should get the ball rolling.

Post Op I had to try several deodorants because they just werent holding up like they used to. This is normal tho and will change as your diet does. I always wear perfumed lotion even working in a medical office. On those days I would pick something light like Dove lotion and off days I would wear fragrant fruity ones.

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 05:09 AM

I'm lucky, I don't have that problem.

Maybe go and get some body sprays and lotions and keep them handy. I know that I still like wearing "Coconut Lime Verbena" from Bath & Body. They have the matching lotion and perfume as well.

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 06:19 AM

Go to the drugstore and get yourself some Ketosis pee sticks. If they go dark purple you know the problem.

Try drinking a few G2s or eat a PB&J sandwhich. Those carbs should knock you right out of ketosis and get you smelling all pretty again..

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 07:15 PM

What are G2's???
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Posted 30 May 2009 - 09:20 PM

Uh, smell? If I get WLS I'm gonna smell wierd? :eek: And what's ketosis? :confused:

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 03:55 AM

Sorry..... G2 is the low sugar Gatorade. I basically have an orthostatic intolerance issue and drink it everyday. In other words its helps so I don't fall down every time I stand up. It's 70 calories and 16 grams of sugar per bottle.

and ketosis.... its a long story.. but the TLDR version is that is is the process in your body of burning off stored fat when you don't get enough carbs. There is a byproduct made called ketones. The ketones CAN make your breathe, pee and sweat smell funny.





oh.. and TLDR stands for "Too Long, Didn't Read."

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 07:54 AM

I agree, you need to check your ketone levels and most likely, up your good carbs a bit

Here's are a few old threads where smell/body odor was involved:

http://www.thinnerti...ing-amonia.html

http://www.thinnerti...try-change.html

http://www.thinnerti...elp-please.html

http://www.thinnerti...ll-i-stink.html

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 02:11 PM

Thanks for the links, Marella!

Gosh, this is the one 'side effect' of RNY I was unaware of....

And here I thought it was only me that turned into quite a stinker!

For the life of me, I couldn't figure out...before I lost 100 pounds I used to perspire ALL time and was always hot but deordarant/anti-perspirant seemed to take care of the any 'problems' and I didn't have any BO.

After losing 100 pounds, I really don't sweat and the heat doesn't affect me like it did when I was heavier...yet I STINK!

Maybe I should try those new 'prescription strength' anti-perspirants/deordorants they have available over the counter now....
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Posted 31 May 2009 - 02:36 PM

Funny story not related to this but the title of this thread made me think about this.

A friend of has a little sister about 5 years old. Her daddy is a nut and is always making jokes. Since I can remember when her daddy would have gas he would look around and say "what's that sound", or "what's that smell" well finally his sister picked up on this and when she was at day care she had gas and said...... your right. "what's that sound" she had her care givers in stitches. Now when ever she has gas she says it. Its hilarious.

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 03:54 PM

Man, I don't wanna stink :mad:.....does it eventually stop or go away? Like if the body eventually stops burning fat?

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 04:02 PM

It's really only a problem if you are not eating enough carbs. That number is different for everyone. Could be 20, 30, 40 or more carbs a day. I don't think its a problem you should just expect to have.

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 05:09 PM

So far, I have not had this problem. I don't think it happens to everyone.

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 06:17 PM

No it doesn't happen to everyone. I didn't experience it either.
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