What Is That Sweet Aftertaste After Weightlifting And Then Eating?
My gut instinct is to say it may be post-exercise-induced Ketosis breath. Some have described this smell and taste in their mouths as "sweet," others have described it akin to nail polish remover. As you exhaust the glycogen in your cells from strenuous exercise, and your blood glucose dips, your liver produces ketone bodies from fatty acids in response. Ketone bodies are basically an alternate form of energy when carbohydrates are not available. If you're eating a very Low Carb Diet (called a "ketogenic low carb diet," typically under 20g net carbs a day) you may very well have already experienced ketosis breath. If you're eating a moderate carbohydrate diet, or training while in a fasted state, the exercise may be enough to have depleted your glycogen stores. Thus, your body may enter a ketogenic state, as if you had been consistently following a low carb diet. The conversion of fatty acids to ketones (energy) is how those following a low carb diet can lose excess fat. The body essentially runs on fat as fuel in the absence of its primary preference of sugar/glucose/glycogen. Continue reading >>