100 lb. Club - Does the excess sweating ever go away?




Lilly221
06-24-2010, 02:09 PM
Hi all, I'm new here. I need a place to ask people all my neurotic dumb questions that others just don't get.

Back in HS and early college I weighed about 130-140. Problem here is....my memory sucks. My attention to detail sucks. So I can't recall if I had these sweating problems when I was that weight.

It doesn't take much at all for me to get sweaty on my head and face. Even just cooking dinner can do it. Or being rushed in the morning if our a/c isn't down to 65. Many minor things cause me to get really sweaty in a noticable place whereas others aren't. My upper lip....forehead...hairline/neck...it's horrible. It's embarassing being around others when I'm like this and they aren't. I've even tried a sensitive-skin clear gel anti-perspirant on my face and it didn't help.

Will this get better as I lose weight? Please say it will :( My doctors see no medical reason for it.


nelie
06-24-2010, 02:14 PM
Well many people agree that your thermostat changes if you lose a lot of weight. I'm often freezing and I definitely sweat less than I used to. It actually takes a pretty intense workout or extremely hot day w/activity to sweat.

bama girl
06-24-2010, 02:36 PM
I second nelie's statement-- in the past few months, I am ALWAYS COLD. However, because I take ADHD medication, I can't attest to the decreased sweating because that stuff makes me sweat a lot. One thing that's helped me, weirdly enough, is cornstarch. Just dusting a teeny tiny fine smattering of it everywhere that sweats. If you put just a little on your face over your makeup like you would a powder, it shouldn't be visible.

Edit: Sorry for just randomly popping in on this forum-- saw it on the front page.


Terre
06-24-2010, 02:36 PM
My sweating is alot better. I feeze alot now. When I exercise I sweat and thats about it and it's 100 here. Use to I would sweat in aircondioned rooms

Viviane
06-24-2010, 02:47 PM
I'm the same way, Lilly! I know when I'm thinner, I sweat a whole lot less...like, it has to be super hot with really high humidity for me to sweat without much exertion when I'm thin. But, I'm pretty far from thin right now, so I'm in the same boat. I'm looking forward to a more normal sweating habit! (That's a really strange sentence to write!! :D )

saef
06-24-2010, 04:44 PM
Oh, dear, you may not like this: I sweat more profusely than other people in the gym, which is noticeable in exercise classes, particularly after a spinning class, as I look like I've come through a rainstorm where some of the other women just look becomingly flushed & tousled.

But in day-to-day life, I am indeed much less sweaty, and in fact, get chilly more easily. I have that messed-up bodily thermostat one has after losing a large amount of weight.

Sandi
06-24-2010, 04:52 PM
Thanks so much for asking this. I have the EXACT same problem as the OP. Face, hair. I am fine everywhere else, but anything makes me sweat. And I teach adults and it's sooooo embarrassing!

pokeycactus
06-24-2010, 04:52 PM
@Saef - I'm the same way after spin! My husband has actually made a comment like, "Oh, it must feel nice to splash yourself with water after a workout - I'll try that next time." :lol:

nelie
06-24-2010, 04:54 PM
Yeah I'm not sure how it really quantifies with the working out because I've been doing Crossfit and it is humid/hot and I am soaked with sweat but otherwise I rarely sweat.

Slashnl
06-24-2010, 06:20 PM
@Saef - I'm the same way after spin! My husband has actually made a comment like, "Oh, it must feel nice to splash yourself with water after a workout - I'll try that next time." :lol:

That's funny. Spin has that affect on me, too. Just soaking at the end of it!

I haven't lost that much yet, but I've noticed that I'm not nearly as affected by the heat anymore either. So hopefully, yes, it will get better for you.

Eliana
06-24-2010, 07:41 PM
Oh, I'm another who sweats profusely during a workout now, whereas before I didn't sweat any more during a workout than I did during life. Apparently the body sweats better when it's more efficient which is good because it gets of toxins. That's when you're supposed to sweat though! LOL!

Now I do not sweat nearly as much as I used to during regular life and I'm enjoying outside activities this Summer far more than in years past. Humidity still gets to me, but dry heat does not. And we've adjusted our thermostat up 5 degrees!

Lilly221
06-24-2010, 08:20 PM
Thanks for the input everyone! It's truly embarrassing to me how much my face and head gets sweaty, and how easily. I've been on ADD medication, too, and it doesn't seem to have made me any worse. Oddly for me, I start sweating when I STOP moving. Like my walk into work, which is .35 of a mile. A little uphill at the end. But I don't start sweating until I'm in the building waiting on the elevator. Even in the dead of winter, it's the same. 5 degrees out, and I have to start unwrapping the scarf and gloves and unzipping before I get in the building......the moment I'm in there, wham. Sweating. At least during summer I can kinda pass it off on the heat. But winter? Ugh.

WinterStarzz
06-25-2010, 09:31 AM
Sweat-levels are usually genetic. Weight can definitely play a roll in it, though. My mom is quite skinny, and she sweats easily. My sister is a just a little overweight, and she sweats easily. I sweat profusely. All of my "insulation" makes it worse than it already should be, but genetically I don't think I will ever find myself cold while everyone else is warm.

Eliana
06-25-2010, 10:16 AM
Thanks for the input everyone! It's truly embarrassing to me how much my face and head gets sweaty, and how easily. I've been on ADD medication, too, and it doesn't seem to have made me any worse. Oddly for me, I start sweating when I STOP moving. Like my walk into work, which is .35 of a mile. A little uphill at the end. But I don't start sweating until I'm in the building waiting on the elevator. Even in the dead of winter, it's the same. 5 degrees out, and I have to start unwrapping the scarf and gloves and unzipping before I get in the building......the moment I'm in there, wham. Sweating. At least during summer I can kinda pass it off on the heat. But winter? Ugh.

I remember that feeling. It's like the breeze you were creating by walking was holding off the sweat and then it all has to come out when you stop. Maybe that has something to do with the efficiency I was talking about earlier. That doesn't happen to me anymore. ;) You'll get there! Just one more notch in the book of reasons for doing this!

Tai
06-25-2010, 12:30 PM
My sweating got a lot better after I lost weight. I used to dread summer because my face was always tomato red!

Our temps have been in the upper 90's all week here and I'm finally comfortable outside.

Michelle98272
06-25-2010, 01:38 PM
Thinking back to when I was young and fit at 165 lbs...I was a warm blooded person then too and remember feeling warmer than most people. It wasn't until I got really big 225+ that I started to actually perspire like crazy and look flushed all the time. At my highest weight of 275, I could wring out my bra at the end of the day and often stuffed wadded up paper towels in my armpits just to not soak my clothing.

I've lost 25 lbs and haven't noticed any change. I hope that I will end up one of the ones who is freezing all the time when I get to goal. I'd love to have that problem. At least when you are cold, you can sit on a heating pad or wear sweaters. When you are big and sweaty like me, the only hope is to strip naked and stand in front of a fan and I can't do that at work!!

jigglefree
06-25-2010, 02:05 PM
I'm always cold now. I didn't much like the summer because of the places that would sweat when I went outside to do anything. Thankfully it's better. keep loosing, you'll see.

ubergirl
06-26-2010, 10:43 PM
I'm wondering if it's partly age-related. When I was young and slim I used to sweat a lot more. But even before the weight loss, I didn't sweat muchNow, unless I'm working out, I hardly sweat at all. (just like everyone else, I sweat buckets when I exercise, it rolls right off my face...)

I HATE air conditioning now, and last night my husband was shocked when I pulled the big quilt over me-- the air conditioning was making me freezing.

And when it's hot out, I feel comfortable. I sweat so little now that it seems weird to me.

oodlesofnoodles
06-27-2010, 02:28 AM
I know exactly how you feel OP. I had the same problem. It's hard to hide head sweat too lol. I remember it being the dead of winter, and I'd go to school and walk from my car, up one flight of stairs (I'd park in the teacher lot which was right behind my building because I was lazy lol) to class and my face would be red and soaking wet by the time I got there. It was horribly embarrassing... especially being in high school and all. *shudder*

It definitely gets a LOT better when you lose weight. The more you lose, the more activity it takes to get sweaty. For me at least. Every now and then I'll be at a check stand at a store and notice that I'm not dripping sweat, which was the norm for me for so long.

bacilli
06-27-2010, 07:33 AM
Not to be a buzzkill here, since most of the replies say it's going to get better, but it may not. I have to take medication every day to control my sweating, because it's out of control, no matter how much I weigh. I sweat so much, so fast, my skin can't keep up with it, and if I stop taking my meds I get sweat blisters all over - where I've produced so much sweat (even in the dead of winter) that it can't all escape and piles up under my skin.

If you're truly concerned about it, a quick trip to the doctor will put your mind at ease. I asked my doctor about it a few years ago, when I was at my highest weight, and he remembered that even as a skinny kid I was always dripping.