Five Ways to Conquer the Meat Sweats

Meat sweats noun \'mēt 'swets\ The mysterious condition whereby, after ingesting a generous helping of meat, you begin to sweat like a fat man in a cake shop.

First identified by competitive eaters, for whom the malady is an occupational hazard, the meat sweats are thought to be caused by the combination of adrenaline and protein. Left untreated, they can lead to other, more severe ailments, such as “the itis”—or even a full-blown food coma. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered with five ways to keep the meat sweats at bay.

1. Stick to breathable fabrics. If you’re expecting to face down a mountain of meat, dress for the encounter. Wear shirts made from breathable fabrics, like cotton, to keep your core cool.

2. Use an antiperspirant/deodorant combo. Deodorant will cut down on odor, but only an antiperspirant can actually stop you from sweating. Jack Black Pit Boss Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant is the best of both worlds. It keeps your sweat in check and your pits smelling sweet.

3. Load up on face wipes. If the meat sweats do hit, keep face wipes nearby to mop your brow. Ursa Major makes a line of all-natural face wipes that exfoliate, cleanse, tone, and hydrate.

4. Billy Jealousy Triple Crown removes sweat, dirt and oil, while leaving your skin conditioned with soy and vitamin E.

5. Eat in moderation. The best way to prevent the meat sweats is eat less—and stick to the good stuff.

—Matt Wolfe

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