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April 19, 2012 6:12 PM
Is anyone else experiencing this??? I went from being hot all the time (when I weighed more) to the complete opposite. I am cold MOST of the time! And at first I thought maybe it was just in my mind... but I literally have goosebumps I am so cold. Anyone else experiencing this after losing weight???

I imagine its linked to losing some of my "outer layer" that kept me warm?
Edited by Blessedmommy_2x On April 19, 2012 6:13 PM
April 19, 2012 6:41 PM
I used to get overheated easily, back when I was out of shape and 15 lbs more. Now that I've lost more weight, I am always cold, all the time. Even in spring weather, covered in blankets, drinking hot tea, I can get cold. I know iron deficiencies can cause this, though.
April 19, 2012 6:45 PM
Yep. I'm always freezing now. It's like 73 in my place and I have on sweatpants, sweatshirt and a blanket. Still kinda cold.
April 19, 2012 6:45 PM
same here!
i always used to be hot, all the time, and now i'm never hot, and feeling cold a lot more often..
fat=warm
i can't wait to get colder wink
  148656
April 19, 2012 6:50 PM
There are several reasons as to why this occurs, one being you may not be eating enough calories. If you are not feeding your body properly your body starts to conserve and shut down certain systems , one of the first ones will be heating your body. Better this than shutting down vital organs! I notice when I up my calories my hands and feet are not as cold.

Here is a brief explanation: http://www.livestrong.com/article/305720-how-come-when-you-lose-weight-you-feel-cold/

Diana
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April 19, 2012 6:51 PM
It's normal to feel cooler than normal when restricting calories.

If your eating plan is leaving you cold, you may not be getting enough calories in your diet. Low body temperature is just one of the many repercussions of very low calorie intake. Following such restrictive diets can affect your metabolism and cause serious medical issues. It also deprives your body of important vitamins and minerals needed to keeping your body functioning. Speak with a doctor or other health care professional if you're experiencing such consequences.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/477122-feeling-cold-from-not-eating-many-calories/#ixzz1sXcYoJ8m
  7287548
April 19, 2012 6:51 PM
When you you lose fat... an natural insulator you can feel cold.. Especially if you are getting close to your goal. Hypothyroidism can also cause this symptom, anemia ( Low Iron) could also be the culprit. Low B 12 also...I have noticed since I have lost weight that I also feel cold.. I gave blood 3 weeks ago and my iron was perfect.. I am attributing feeling cold to the weight I have lost. But when in doubt seek the opinion of your family physician.. A lab test can tell it all regarding the problems I listed..
April 19, 2012 6:53 PM
I am cold all the time!!!! I attributed it to my layer of insulation being almost gone!
April 19, 2012 6:54 PM
Me too! It's even worse after I have a good workout. I'll cool down, shower and for like 2 hours I freeze! I did some research on it and read that if you're not eating enough your metabolism slows and you feel colder, if it's faster, you feel warmer. It kind of makes sense so maybe we should be eating more? Then again I wasn't doing a damn thing when I was sitting around all the time and felt hot so who knows? I also read that it's from being dehydrated. All I know is that I was warm for years, lost 30+lbs and now I'm cold all the time. To top it off I have hotflashes so now I go from FREEZING, to burning up and back to freezing again! Oh well, I'd rather be colder now and healthier than I was.
Good luck to you and try to keep warm! <hugs>
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April 19, 2012 6:55 PM
I used to be hot and now I'm always cold, I think it's all part of losing weight. I like it this way better!!
  15008634
April 19, 2012 6:56 PM
Funny, I've noticed this too. My hands are frequently cold.
  8865471
April 19, 2012 6:56 PM
QUOTE:

I am cold all the time!!!! I attributed it to my layer of insulation being almost gone!



Yep! I agree! drinker
April 19, 2012 7:00 PM
QUOTE:

There are several reasons as to why this occurs, one being you may not be eating enough calories. If you are not feeding your body properly your body starts to conserve and shut down certain systems , one of the first ones will be heating your body. Better this than shutting down vital organs! I notice when I up my calories my hands and feet are not as cold.

Here is a brief explanation: http://www.livestrong.com/article/305720-how-come-when-you-lose-weight-you-feel-cold/

Diana


Thank you for your post. I used to get cold and thought it was due to my weight loss (less fat keeping me warm). I now weigh the same but I am no longer cold. The information in the link you posted resonates with my personal experience.
April 19, 2012 7:00 PM
Always always always cold =[ I tried tracking my iron on here to see if that was the issue but I was never too deficient when I monitored my weekly intake. I think my body misses the fat hahaha but I sure don't!
  14583744
April 19, 2012 7:01 PM
Yep, there's a tie between the two.

I was just commenting to my coworkers how I'm cold again. I'm always cold now. Can't imagine what it'll be like when I reach my goal.
  6288808
April 19, 2012 7:05 PM
I thought I was going crazy cause I used to never get cold and now, I get cold relatively easily.

Interesting feedback, cause I have noticed after a hard cycling workout like that I get cold. It makes sense that I'd get cold after burning so many calories.
  3488385
April 19, 2012 7:06 PM
yes, very noticable difference in body temp. I actually sleep with socks on now!
  8441180
April 19, 2012 7:06 PM
I spoke with my doctor about my problem with being cold...it is problematic...doc said "get fatter"...I cannot handle the cold..it is painful for me. I had issue before losing weight.
April 19, 2012 7:08 PM
same here
  3997921
April 19, 2012 7:08 PM
YES!!!! me. all the time!
April 19, 2012 7:09 PM
I've lost 45lbs, but I'm not cold all the time. I'm rarely ever cold. Still hot natured and my BMI is healthy. Your iron could be low.
  11237423
April 19, 2012 7:10 PM
Yes. I have to carry a wrap with me most places now.
April 19, 2012 7:13 PM
Well, I'm a bit relieved others are experiencing this. I admit it freaks me out sometimes that I get so cold that my fingernails start to turn purple. huh
  54641
April 19, 2012 8:28 PM
Thanks for all the responses!!! I will definitely have my iron checked - I used to be "borderline" anemic so it may be that. I'm not sure its my calorie intake because I've been at the same daily goal for a while with no problems and I am eating back exercise cals as well AND I just increased it in the past few weeks.

I think a large part of it is the weight loss because of losing my built in insulation....But I will check out everything else to make sure thats not the issue. Thanks Again!
April 20, 2012 3:30 AM
QUOTE:

There are several reasons as to why this occurs, one being you may not be eating enough calories. If you are not feeding your body properly your body starts to conserve and shut down certain systems , one of the first ones will be heating your body. Better this than shutting down vital organs! I notice when I up my calories my hands and feet are not as cold.

Here is a brief explanation: http://www.livestrong.com/article/305720-how-come-when-you-lose-weight-you-feel-cold/

Diana

Thank you, that is good info. I was always hot. I blamed it on Post menopausal, and everything you can think of. Even my 24 yr old Grandaughter says to me Nanna It is because you have lost so much weight and not eating enough..Our HUMIDITY is still part of my problem. If I eat sweets that happens to me.
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