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07-17-2006, 01:29 AM
Hello--Happy summer-it sure is hot! And speaking of hot, I really feel like the extra weight has a enormous effect on how hot I feel and also constantly sweating.

Question for those that have lost/been losing---do you find that as the weight drops you can better tolerate the heat (not feel as hot) and are less "sweaty". I am really thinking this has got to be a welcome relief as the pounds melt away. Most of these summer days, even a little make-up can't be an option and 30 minutes after standing over the full force blowing A/C vent to make my hair have a little style, it is soaking wet like I just stepped out of the shower.

One other question---as you are losing/have lost weight do you feel less tired. How tired I feel all the time and if I let myself sleep how much I want to sleep has become a big concern. To sum it up I am hot and tired and hope as the pounds go away there will be improvement.

Thanks so much for your help!;)

07-17-2006, 02:54 AM
YES!!!! Weight loss has had a HUGE affect on my heat tolerance. Actually, I have always tolerated the heat well (living in the steaming bread basket), but it was the embarrassment of profuse sweating that kept me out of the heat. And get this ~ today I drove (with no A/C) 30 miles in 99 degree heat and I did not break a sweat. I started my journey last summer and the difference is incredible. It's such a relief to not have to worry about it anymore.

And to answer your other question, I do have more energy, but that's all I can say because I have sleeping difficulties and I have wicked patterns that keep me tired a lot of the time :(

07-17-2006, 03:18 AM
Thanks for asking this question! This is the worst thing for me and would be my greatest reward if it does get better. :D

07-17-2006, 08:07 AM
Losing 64lbs hasn't helped my heat tolerance. I still get fluid retention when it's very hot and humid. I still feel like I could melt when the temperature is over 30 degrees celsius (90F).

I do get less tired though! I think the exercise has helped with that!

Misti in Seattle
07-17-2006, 09:12 AM
Losing weight has definitely helped my heat tolerance... of course I still have a ways to go but it is just reality that being padded with all this fat is VERY hot!!

Also yes to the less exhausted, although I attribute this also to all the exercise I am doing. But lugging around all this extra weight IS exhausting!

I look forward to its continuing to get better. I will never "like" hot weather -- partly why I moved back to the PNW -- but am looking forward to being better able to tolerate it.

07-17-2006, 10:17 AM
For me the heat hasn't changed at all. I feel as difficult as soon as it hits the 90s. I tend to lock myself in the house when these temps hit ( I have 2 A/Cs). I can't stand the heat for two reasons: 1) I have asthma, so extreme heat and extreme cold leave me breathless...2) I retain so much water as soon as the heat starts getting me sweating, I swell up like a beach ball and it can take days before I'm back to normal.

I do feel more energy as the pounds fall but it's currently being drained at work, so right now I'm exhausted...LOL.

Today it's supposed to hit 46celcius with humidex..that's about 115 F...so you are sure that today is a day off of walking...LOL

07-17-2006, 10:22 AM
Hubby and I have been talking about this all weekend. We have MUCH better tolerance for the heat!!! We don't necessarily love it, but can TOLERATE it so much better. Hubby in particular has not loved the heat, and he is starting to realize he doesn't have to dread 3 months a year. Course, come winter I suspect we'll be toooo cold, but that's another story...

Sweating though... I don't know that this has changed much for me. I never used to sweat much and now I think I sweat a little more.

Energy -- not only did exercise play a role, but I think that the type of food I'm eating really helped my energy. I used to nap nearly every day when I came home from work. Last summer before I'd lost much weight I started realizing my naps were not necessary -- I think it was because I ditched the fritos as an afternoon snack and started incorporating more fiber and protein Though it's hard to know exactly what caused that change...

And now that I'm down 95 pounds and exercising regularly, I really DO notice more energy!

07-17-2006, 10:36 AM
I used to hate the heat - HATE it! I still find that I don't love it but I have much more tolerance for it now. Now not only do I have tolerance for it, I'm apt to carry a cardigan everywhere I go. Seems like the chills can set in at any time. There's a thread about this somewhere over in the Maintainers forum that might be worth the read.


07-17-2006, 11:07 AM
Hubby and I have been talking about this all weekend. We have MUCH better tolerance for the heat!!! We don't necessarily love it, but can TOLERATE it so much better. Hubby in particular has not loved the heat, and he is starting to realize he doesn't have to dread 3 months a year. Course, come winter I suspect we'll be toooo cold, but that's another story...

Wyllenn - You should count yourself lucky that you have ONLY 3 months of summer :). I live in hot, humid Houston where summer extends from May thru October (at least) - 6 months :mad: !! In June, July & August, average temps are 90+ degrees with 90% humidity and even after living here for 20 years I am NOT used to it. I really envy those who are able to enjoy being outside in the summer (although our winters are pretty nice here ;) ).

I'm not at goal but have noticed I can tolerate the heat a bit more. The biggest changes - I can wear long sleeves, even light sweaters, to work now and I don't break out in a sweat the minute I step out of the A/C.

07-17-2006, 11:22 AM
OK I found the thread I was talking about



07-17-2006, 11:27 AM
I don't think I can tolerate the heat better or maybe I can. I am currently living somewhere that has the worst heat I've ever experienced though. The DC area isn't pretty during summer and I knew it ahead of time.

Also, I'll agree that losing weight also makes you colder until your body adjusts. When I first lost my initial weight, I was freezing all the time. I had gone from being warm all the time to being cold all the time. Within a year, my body adjusted though.

07-17-2006, 12:11 PM
I can definitely tolerate the heat better! :hot: :flame: :hot: I rarely sweat and do usually have more energy. I've been unable to exercise for a couple of weeks (post-op) and have found that I don't have as much energy. Hopefully, it will return :carrot: once I'm able to get moving again!

Now, I'm less able to tolerate the A/C. I need to wear a sweater sometimes in the evenings cause DH keeps the A/C set on 70 degrees!

07-17-2006, 12:14 PM
I hate the heat no matter how much I weight!! I prefer temps in the lower 50's and sweaters. We have had our two air conditioners on full blast since the beginning of last weekend and I am sick of it. Bring on the snow!!

07-17-2006, 01:08 PM
Wyllenn - You should count yourself lucky that you have ONLY 3 months of summer :).

so so true!!!!!!

07-17-2006, 02:37 PM
I can stand the heat much better. I don't sweat nearly as much and in the house I often don't even have the central AC on because I can get so cold so easily, like Dee. It is currently 98 where I am and I sleep with no AC on at night and under 4 blankets.
Meanwhile, my family is dying of the heat. :devil:

07-17-2006, 03:09 PM
I am definitely tolerating it better this summer than in previous years. I've always been a sweat-er, but this year I have hardly broke a sweat! In fact the other day, I "did" start sweating and that's when it occurred to me that it felt funny, since I hardly ever sweat any more. I hate to hear that my body might adjust to it. I love not being so HOT!!

07-18-2006, 03:09 PM
I definitely cope with the heat a lot better. I was just out in Spain with my family (who live there). I used to be bigger than my mum, and we'd sweat a similar amount. This time I noticed that she'd be sweating when I was sitting quite comfortably outside, and that sometimes she'd need to move to somewhere with more of a breeze while I sat in a real sun-trap. I remember that I used to need to get into the pool really often to cool down because I was so hot, whereas this time I was sitting there wondering whether it was warm enough to swim!

The main disadvantage is when it's cold - I've really started feeling that a lot worse too!

07-18-2006, 05:26 PM
I can tolerate heat much much much better now. I'd say my comfort zone is a good 10 degrees warmer now. Of course that means bundling up 10 months of the year here in the PNW ;) I'm not complaining though. I'd rather grab a sweater than feel like I was going to pass out whenever the temp hit 80.

07-18-2006, 06:33 PM
I've never been one who got too hot, they always tease me at work because I'm cold when everyone else is hot, but I know from past experience that when I lose weight I definately get cold easier and am comfortable in higher heat. This summer has been extremely hot in Oregon, this weekend we are supposed to hit 105 which honestly I'm not sure I've ever seen a temperature that high in the valley and I've lived here for 38 years. Even just losing 32 pounds has helped me tolerate it better than I would've before losing anything.

Energy levels I can't really say, because I am a horrible insomniac so I am often tired simply because my sleep patterns are awful, no matter what size I am. I do know though that it is sooo much easier to do more active things when I lose weight, so I am looking forward to that!! Next time I have to walk all over Disneyland with my kids I don't want to be lugging around an extra 150 pounds (like carrying another person on my back the entire time!!).