Weight Loss Support - Are you cold since you lost weight?

11-24-2008, 01:01 PM
Being cold in winter is nothing new to me (I sizzle in summer and freeze in winter, I guess my body does not adjust to changing outside temps too well) but it is particularly bad this year. I just hit the 40 lbs milestone (yay!) but I am always so cold. I sit in the office in two layers (and even if I wear a thermal long-sleeved undershirt, it does not make any difference) and my hands feel like ice.

Last winter I was ok wearing just a longsleeved cotton Tshirt all winter with no sweater or no fleece jacket on top. This year, I am thinking I may have to start long johns to my attire!! :mad: Being cold makes it also so much harder for me to drink my daily 3 litres of water - I am lucky if I manage to drink 2 (I drink hot mint tea, but there is only so much of it I can drink in a day).

Anybody else?

11-24-2008, 01:06 PM
Yup yup yup.

I attribute it to the fact that I don't have as much padding to keep me warm! :D I definitely am colder this year than I was last and find myself wanting to layer more.


Thighs Be Gone
11-24-2008, 01:09 PM
I am freezing my buns off. My hubby is constantly telling me he is "burning up!" I am cold down to my bones. I am actually getting an electric blanket this week.

11-24-2008, 01:20 PM
It gets better but yes, your internal thermometer needs to catch up. While sleeping, my skinny husband will have 1 blanket on him and minimal clothes. I'll have 2 blankets on me and a full pj set.

Thighs Be Gone
11-24-2008, 01:21 PM
I read that being cold could indicate a slowing metabolism... :( I also read it could indicate anemia...for me, I hope it just means I am not as heavy as I used to be and just need more cover

11-24-2008, 01:24 PM
Yup! Another frosty here. I'm thinking about getting a hot water bottle and carrying it with me wherever I go.

If you don't want to drink mint tea all day, how about just heating water? I've gotten into that habit lately for exactly the same reason. Sometimes I add a little lemon juice, but most of the time I'm just having it plain.

11-24-2008, 01:28 PM
I have worn long johns for years. Everyday I wear two pairs of pants and at least 2 shirts, if not three. I'm still freezing. I gained 75lbs and it didn't help one bit!! I hope to goodness I don't get colder as I lose weight. I was just the same when thin so I assume I'll stay the same when I get there again.

Oh, when you are at home a heating pad in your lap can be very helpful. :D

11-24-2008, 01:36 PM
It's become quite a problem for me. I am painfully cold. I dress in so many layers. I hate 3/4 sleeves shirts. I need um all the way down to my wrist. I take a sweater with me everywhere. Even in the summer. I have a huge collection of sweaters. I mean you barely get to see my regular clothing cause it's always covered up with a sweater. I barely get to wear my "in between" clothing. I've been wearing my winter coat and gloves for some time already.

Funny enough, I had heard about this for years and I couldn't wait to feel cold all the time. It meant I've crossed over to the other side! And I did - but it's - cold!

11-24-2008, 01:36 PM
I am FREEZING all of the time. It used to take quite a bit to get me cold but lately I am in pain from so many goosebumps rubbing on my clothes. I'm almost at the 70 lb mark and this has to be why. Afterall, last winter I was at 255 lbs!

I kind of miss that insulation :[

11-24-2008, 01:36 PM
Oh, when you are at home a heating pad in your lap can be very helpful.I thought that was called a "cat"! :D


11-24-2008, 01:48 PM
I always said I would welcome "hot flashes" that other gals were getting because I'm always sooo cold all the time. Well now that I have them it is actually worse, especially this time of the year. I bundle up, which eventually causes a hot flash, then freeze when I get sweaty and the flash goes away. My doctor said they may feel worse in the winter time due to the temperature changes. I've had problems with feeling cold for years, but I agree that it is worse after weight loss. I've had my thyroid checked. My blood count is great. It's just something I've put up with for years. I wonder if lifting weights more and increasing my muscle mass would make me feel warmer. I work in an environment that is kept a little cool & I'm miserable at work. Always dress in layers with long sleeves. I marvel at people who run around in short sleeves.

11-24-2008, 01:54 PM
:lol: My cats are great heating pads.

I also like a rice sock heated in the microwave for a couple minutes, it's nice when I'm curling up on the couch or crawling into bed. :)

11-24-2008, 01:57 PM
I thought this was all in my head, I'm glad it's not just me! My co-workers make fun of me because I always have my zip-up fleece on, I'm always cold! They said it was cause I didn't have all that extra fat to keep me warm, I guess they were right! I'll take being cold vs. being overweight anyday though. :-)

11-24-2008, 02:00 PM
Add me to the cold list. I have a small space heater next to my desk at work that is constantly on.

11-24-2008, 02:03 PM
Tomato and everyone else, I can recall several threads like this - being cold after weight loss is a very common phenomenon! I found one link and I believe there are probably a few older ones buried in various forums:

I've always been "cold-blooded" but now it seems even more so. Strangely I've noticed that if I do overeat by a lot I will literally feel warmer - maybe my body is burning all those calories? I dunno. But on a normal day, I always need more layers than everyone else. My bed is a pile of blankets in the winter time (yes, I do live in Florida - still cold!).

SBD Sass
11-24-2008, 02:08 PM
Yikes! I can't tell the difference. It's winter and it's cold out so I'm cold and I would be cold if I were 40lbs heavier. I must be the odd one.

11-24-2008, 02:10 PM
Oh the sock in the microwave trick is a great one. Fill an old (clean) tube sock with rice (and I throw in some lavender buds with mine), tie a knot in it, and nuke for 30 secs or so. You can do this with small socks as well and put them in the pockets of my coats when I'm going out to shoot. They stay warm for a long time, and smell yummy.


11-24-2008, 02:56 PM
Oh I am almost on the brink of tears from the relief that there is nothing seriously wrong with me. I have a horse shoe shaped buckwheat pillow (or whatever it is) so I will be using it when watching TV etc. I always feel when I am cold, I tense up in my neck and shoulders.
Megan1982, thanks for the link - I will go check it out.

Anemia is another issue. I have always been anemic. Iron just passes through me and doesn't stick. I have slacked off lately and I have to be more dilligent about it.

11-24-2008, 04:18 PM
Let's just put it this way: I hate the cold sections of grocery stores now and love nothing more than getting into a sweltering car on a hot day.

11-24-2008, 04:24 PM
Well it is coming into Summer here :) .... lets hope I feel the cold when Winter comes around next year ...

11-24-2008, 04:28 PM
Oh good grief. The refrigerated and freezer sections of the grocery store are TORTURE. I take a sweater with me when I go shopping. Even the produce section is too chilly. And since I do most of my shopping around the perimeter of the store where all the cold stuff is ... if I didn't take a sweater, I'd die.


11-24-2008, 05:08 PM
Yes, I have definitely felt the cold more readily since losing weight! However, it only tends to be when I'm sitting still or not moving around much, so it's not a big problem in my day-to-day life. I do think my circulation is questionable though, as when my nose seems to get cold, it stays cold for hours, even when the rest of me is warm! It's not nice!

11-24-2008, 06:13 PM
I'm freezing all the time. I know some of it is the loss of padding/insulation. I've read that some of it is body adjustment and that I will feel better in a year or more. (A year or more!!!!)

I'm still choosing thinner over warmer.

11-24-2008, 06:29 PM
Umm...it's been almost 3 years....and I'm still cold.

But I'd rather be cold than the size I was. And my sweater collection? Let's just say it's extensive. :D

Oh and :lol3: @ Photochick and the cat as heating pad comment.

I'm totally gonna try the sock with lavender and rice trick. And thanks for the tip on CLEAN. :p

11-24-2008, 06:30 PM
I thought that was called a "cat"! :D


My kitties like to lay on my lap on top of the heating pad. :D

11-24-2008, 06:32 PM
Oh good grief. The refrigerated and freezer sections of the grocery store are TORTURE. I take a sweater with me when I go shopping. Even the produce section is too chilly. And since I do most of my shopping around the perimeter of the store where all the cold stuff is ... if I didn't take a sweater, I'd die.


My husband took me to the store that supplies for restaurants. You don't just open the freezer, you walk into the freezer. It's a huge room with tons of meat and it's so cold you could swear your blood just froze in your veins. Next time I'll take extra clothing!!

11-24-2008, 06:51 PM
Oh yeah, and it's going to be the most expensive part of this weight loss yet.

We live in a drafty old Victorian. The heating bills were outrageous last year with the furnace set at 63 degrees. This year I've kept it at 70 since October - I just can't tolerate the cold anymore.

I'm also piling on sweaters and using my electric blanket. 130 pounds ago I could walk outside in the snow wearing short sleeves, now I'm wimping out. I feel like a little old lady with my sweaters and hot drinks :)

11-24-2008, 07:00 PM
I have purple fingernails all the time these days, and if I forget and rub my husband's back without warming my hands up first, he squeaks...which is actually pretty cute. :)

Last time I did this weight loss thing, after four years skinnier, I never got over being cold, but being a popsicle was well worth it. I assume that I will now be cold forever, but thin and cold...and long underwear are cheap. Besides, I have a cat...extremely useful for this problem.

11-24-2008, 07:04 PM
Yep yep.

I'm huddled up next to my space heater as we speak! And I drink my water tap-warm...it's the only way I can drink it in quantity when it's cold.

11-24-2008, 07:22 PM
My partner is a normal-sized person who has always complained about being cold when I have been comfortable. Now for the first time, I understand!!

So it may be that we are now all... "normal"??


11-24-2008, 08:57 PM
I've taken to sleeping under an electric blanket because my down comforter and wool throw aren't enough to keep me warm even as my roommates heat the apartment to (what they call) a comfortable temperature. I also now keep a space heater in my office, which I've never needed before. It's getting to be a little ridiculous...

11-24-2008, 11:33 PM
Definitely...I have always been cold a lot, and always got a lot of use out of the sweaters my employer issues, but this year, one of my sweaters is worn out (and wrote off) already!