Weight Loss Support - Feeling Cold All The Time

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01-26-2013, 11:33 PM
I'm gonna put this question here because I hope it will get more responses but mods can move it wherever it's appropriate.

I've been feeling cold All The Time for a long time now and I'm not sure what to do about it. I know that people who have lost weight will feel cold because they've lost their "insulation" but I'm still in the 180s, considered overweight/obese for my height. I can't remember the last time I really felt comfortable/warm all the time but it's been years at least, and I'm sure before I actively tried to lose weight.

Everyone else in the house is comfortable with the heat around 60-65 during the day. I'm freezinggggg and I'm already wearing two layers of shirts, a t-shirt and a hoodie, as well as a beanie hat. My hands are almost always cold, as are my feet. In the morning before work, I put both shirts that i wear in the dryer to warm them up before I head to work. I wear a long-sleeved shirt to work, with a sweater over that, as well as a coat and hat.

In the evening I put my long fuzzy bathrobe in the dryer to warm it up and then put it on. I'll be warm for maybe half an hour and then cold again. I don't feel "chilled" like when you are sick. It has no correlation to being sick. When I work out, I leave the gym drenched in sweat and feeling hot. Within a half hour I am super cold again, often more cold than at other times.

I just had my thyroid checked and they said it was 0.89 which was in the normal range. I'm thinking of starting iron supplements but haven't been officially checked for anemia. Is it safe to just take them?

Any other ideas on what could be causing this?

01-27-2013, 12:22 AM
Alaska? ;-)

Ha ha--you covered my one tip--working out. I used to always have problems with cold, but since I started working out and building muscle, I think I've boosted my metabolism.

Drinking hot drinks also helps...

01-27-2013, 12:34 AM
Hey, apparently it's when you're at a caloric deficit. when you revert back to maintenance you should feel less"cold". I can totally sympathize with you though, i keep my apartment at 75-78. I wear wool sweaters over long sleeves at work. the only place i'm actually warm is the yoga studio, which is kept at 105 F.

01-27-2013, 12:39 AM
Alaska? ;-)

Ha ha--you covered my one tip--working out. I used to always have problems with cold, but since I started working out and building muscle, I think I've boosted my metabolism.

Drinking hot drinks also helps...

born and raised alaskan and proud!! :) actually i grew up in Interior Alaska which winters normally dropped to 50 below zero or more on the homestead where i grew up....so to be in the southeast part now, where it's 20 at the coldest, should NOT make me this cold

and also, i dont know if i put above or not, i was cold like this before i started actively losing weight...if that makes a difference

April Snow
01-27-2013, 01:18 AM
I used to always be the person who was hot when others were comfortable, and comfortable when everyone else was freezing. When I lost about 65 lbs a couple of years ago, my body themostat changed and I became one of the people who was always cold. And oddly enough, even though I gained back almost all of the weight, my thermostat didn't shift back.

I try to layer clothing, and I leave generally my shoes on in the house, to help keep my feet warmer. At work, we aren't allowed to use space heaters, but I have a heating pad I keep on my lap most of the day. At home, I use an electric throw. esp. if I want to sit on the couch to watch tv, because the only place it fits is against an outside wall.

I like the theory that this will go away when I'm not running a calorie deficit but unfortunately, it didn't go away as I added 60 lbs back, so I kind of don't think that's going to happen.

01-27-2013, 01:53 AM
Have you had your thyroid checked lately? If it is out of balanced it can make you cold in addition to having problems with losing weight.

Edit: Okay, did your doctor just do a TSH or a T3? T3 tests can catch stuff that a TSH can't.

Arctic Mama
01-27-2013, 03:40 AM
Very normal. It gets a bit better after awhile at maintenance.

01-27-2013, 01:09 PM
I'm always cold. My hands and feet are like ice sickles all the time. I'v noticed my dad and brothers are the same way. I dress in layers in the winter to stay warm. Drinking hot tea helps warm me up too.

01-27-2013, 01:16 PM
Very normal. It gets a bit better after awhile at maintenance.

Yup! Whenever I'm at a deficit I'm freezing. Maintenance lets me tolerate the cold a bit more, but I haven't been able to tolerate it the way I used to

01-27-2013, 01:26 PM
I was always this way, no matter my weight, until I went through menopause. Now I'm always warm, wearing short sleeves in winter, etc. Really out of character for me, LOL

01-27-2013, 01:45 PM
It is a bit unique for your case, and i am not able to figure out exactly where the problem is I advise that you seek for an explanation from a physician. You can also try supplements which increase the metabolic rate such as Raspberry ketones.

01-27-2013, 02:13 PM
Ah ha! So that's what it is...Ever since I started losing weight three weeks ago it feels like I can't regulate my body temperature! My hands and feet are always cold.

01-27-2013, 03:11 PM
I'm so glad someone asked this. I live in NYC and get this and my hands turn blue just after walking a few blocks to the store. This was last month, it's even colder now.

01-27-2013, 04:52 PM
I've been freezing since I started trying to lose weight, so it must be related to my caloric deficit.

If you were cold like that before you started losing weight, it must be something else, though I'm not sure what.

01-27-2013, 05:47 PM
I think the only times I've ever been warm are: while pregnant (gosh, that was the best winter of my life!), when it's 90+, and for a little while after long workouts. Capsaicin cream is good for keeping cold fingers going on the keyboard - look in the arthritis section of the pharmacy with the painkillers. I also find that crazy-spicy foods are very warming. Other than that ... I drink a huge amount of teas!

01-27-2013, 06:23 PM
Yes. I've always run hot, but no longer. I don't know how I could live in a house set to 60-65. Mine is set to 72 and I'm still freezing.

01-27-2013, 06:43 PM
It's probably the worst part about weight loss. I'm sitting right now in a room that is 68 degrees. I have on cuddle duds under my pants. My pants are corduroy. I have on a wool sweater and a heavy fleece jacket over that and I have on smart wool socks and leather shoes. I am shivering cold. It's freaking ridiculous.

I lose all this weight so I have to pile on the heavy, bulky clothes!

Hopefully, when my body re-regulates itself once it realizes I'm not starving it any more (and no I'm not starving it, but when you continually burn calories and force your body to lose weight, it acts as if resources are limited which includes turning down the furnace to try to conserve energy so we don't burn more calories), then I'll warm back up to a normal level.

01-27-2013, 06:47 PM
In 2004, I moved to Alabama for two years. After that I moved back to Michigan. The joke in my house is I moved to Alabama and got cold. In Montgomery, the air conditioner was cranked everywhere I went. I was freezing at work all the time. Out of curiosity, I bought a thermometer. It was 65 degrees at my desk in the middle of summer. I was cold in stores, in my apartment building, in restaurants, just everywhere I was inside that had air conditioning, really. I did lose weight while I was there but even when I gained it back, and more, I was still cold unless I was really active or it was really hot. Apparently, living in Alabama where everyone kept the AC cranked all the time reset my thermostat.

It's gotten worse since I've lost so much weight. I now have a heated blanket on my bed that I can no longer sleep without. My hands and feet are usually cold during the day at work. At home, I'm usually huddled under a blanket. As I type this, I'm wearing sweats, thick socks and I'm covered with a blanket. My feet are still cold. About the only times I'm comfortably warm are when I'm in bed, right after I shower or, oddly, when I'm outside when it's cold but I've got my coat and gloves on, or when I'm in my car by myself with the heat cranked.

I've had my thyroid tested too and it's normal. I guess this is just something to deal with.

01-27-2013, 07:58 PM
Where i live your summer is our winter and our summer is probably boiling in oil for you, with over 46 celcius....anyway when i was 100 pounds i was cold even at springtime at 25 celcius, but now that i started on a diet again i am feeling VERY cold/freezing actually AFTER i eat whenever i eat i have to let sometime pass to feel warm again, i don't know why ....

01-27-2013, 08:51 PM
so very glad to see that i am not alone! :)

it bugs me that i lost weight (partly) to wear cute things and now im too cold to wear them LOL!

01-27-2013, 09:43 PM
Feeling cold is more about being in a caloric deficit than having less padding. Once you reach maintenance it should get noticeably better (though you may not feel as hot as you did when at your highest weight).


01-27-2013, 10:38 PM
Yup - what everyone else is saying. The last time I lost weight, I felt it and then maintained for awhile and didn't feel it. Now that I'm losing again, it's back! Once you settle in maintenance you'll be fine. (And now I will stop complaining about how cold it is here in Ohio. :) )

01-27-2013, 10:40 PM
Im starting to think its more than just losing fat.. during my weight loss last year I was cold ALL THE TIME and now i just started getting back into my strict ways and boom - the constant coldness is back. Im thinking maybe im missing certain vitamins or something cos this cant be normal. Im always the coldest... when I was younger, I was always boiling! lol

01-27-2013, 10:40 PM
Feeling cold is more about being in a caloric deficit than having less padding. Once you reach maintenance it should get noticeably better (though you may not feel as hot as you did when at your highest weight).


a-ha! makes so much more sense.