Cold when losing weight?

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    Jun 05, 2013 3:18 AM GMT
    So whenever I start a working out more intensely and lose inches, I get cold and stay cold all the time. Like so cold that I wear sweats inside my apt when the thermostat temp is 77+. I can't stand the A/C being on high in my car even though the temps are 90 outside and I wear a hoodie in my office at work. In fact, I only really need to turn the a/c on to take out the humidity in the air. Is this normal?

    Although I'm losing inches, I'm maintaining my weight and building muscle size.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Jun 05, 2013 3:29 AM GMT
    Fat is what keeps you warm .. your body burns it to heat up your body ... if you have no fat, it has nothing to burn ... so you get cold
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    Jun 05, 2013 3:38 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidFat is what keeps you warm .. your body burns it to heat up your body ... if you have no fat, it has nothing to burn ... so you get cold


    True

    or
    could be Thyroid--low Iodide level or over worked kidneys from too much protein?
    a multitude of things--a quick check up couldn't hurt..
    If you're like me your on so many supplemental there's a high chance you're taking something you don't need--can't keep track of all of them anymore or what exactly I started taking them for.
    *googling: Red Clover
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    Jun 05, 2013 3:45 AM GMT
    That sounds like a symptom of hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone levels). I don't know why it would be triggered by exercise or weight loss. Hypothyroidism can be caused by low iodine levels or an improperly thyroid gland. Your doctor would have to run tests to know for sure.
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    Jun 05, 2013 5:46 AM GMT
    Just the opposite. When I'm doing long workouts every day, I'm burning hot all the time. Of course, when things are going well, I'm losing fat, but not necessarily "weight."
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    Jun 05, 2013 6:44 AM GMT
    I can relate. I felt cold when I was losing weight. I still tend to feel cold at times. It's probably related both to circulation and catabolism. It was suspected that I had hypothyroidism but several blood tests done ahowed my thyroid ormone levels to be perfectly normal.
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    Jun 05, 2013 6:49 AM GMT
    Scotticvs saidIt was suspected that I had hypothyroidism but several blood tests done ahowed my thyroid ormone levels to be perfectly normal.

    Which thyroid levels did they check? Some doctors don't check all the levels that they should.
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    Jun 05, 2013 6:53 AM GMT
    Your body regulates core temperature by constricting bloodflow to your extremities. I.E. your hands and feet get cold.

    Does that explain it?
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    Jun 05, 2013 6:56 AM GMT
    DudeInNOVA said
    Scotticvs saidIt was suspected that I had hypothyroidism but several blood tests done ahowed my thyroid ormone levels to be perfectly normal.

    Which thyroid levels did they check? Some doctors don't check all the levels that they should.


    I actually don't remember... -_- But my practitioner looked at the data and said there was no necessary treatment. And I trust her judgment, she seems pretty on the ball.
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    Jun 05, 2013 7:18 AM GMT
    Scotticvs saidI actually don't remember... -_- But my practitioner looked at the data and said there was no necessary treatment. And I trust her judgment, she seems pretty on the ball.

    If you are still having problems, you might want to consider seeing an endocrinologist. Some doctors won't treat you if you have a high TSH level, but that's still an indication of hypothyroidism. There are other thyroid problems you can have too.
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    Jun 05, 2013 7:27 AM GMT
    The first time I lost weight - I became cold natured and was cold all the time. - This was in my early 20's. In fact, I remember a summer - I weighed about 151 lbs at the time. It was one of the hottest summers on record here. I volunteered to work at the annual city carnival. I ran a booth directly in the sun on a 112 degree day and was not overheated and did not sweat at all. My head got really sunburned, though because I didn't think to wear a hat. My whole family thought something was wrong with me.

    When I gained the weight back, I stayed cold natured. - So losing weight again, I started becoming extra-cold again. So, I understand what you are saying OP. If it concerns you, you may need to see a doctor.
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    Jun 05, 2013 5:38 PM GMT
    This can be caused by caloric restriction, metabolic lag, and the famine response. You must eat.

    It can be caused from drugs causing your metabolism to slow. E.g., beta blockers, sleeping pills.

    It can be caused from very low fat levels.

    It can be caused by low free thyroid.

    If you're active, with enough calories, you generally will feel hotter. A fueled furnace burns hotter.

    Dehydration can cause vaso-constriction and you will feel colder.

    Allergic responses will cause reactions resulting in chills.
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    Jun 06, 2013 1:08 AM GMT
    DudeInNOVA said
    Scotticvs saidIt was suspected that I had hypothyroidism but several blood tests done ahowed my thyroid ormone levels to be perfectly normal.

    Which thyroid levels did they check? Some doctors don't check all the levels that they should.


    The range of "normal" is quite broad, and you can still have symptoms within those normal levels. An alternative doctor would be best for treatment.
  • hauteco

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    Jun 06, 2013 1:15 AM GMT
    At the beginning is normal. Body get used to it! Suggest a sauna.
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    Jun 06, 2013 2:44 AM GMT
    Or...

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    Jun 06, 2013 3:35 AM GMT
    Blakes7 said
    DudeInNOVA said
    Scotticvs saidIt was suspected that I had hypothyroidism but several blood tests done ahowed my thyroid ormone levels to be perfectly normal.

    Which thyroid levels did they check? Some doctors don't check all the levels that they should.


    The range of "normal" is quite broad, and you can still have symptoms within those normal levels. An alternative doctor would be best for treatment.


    Agreed and agreed. I would go as far as to say most doctors don't know how to diagnose hypothyroidism. A really good endocrinologist may interpret the tests correctly, but a practitioner of functional medicine is more likely to offer treatment that helps, in my lay opinion.

    Having said that, before you run off to the doctor, are you taking any supplements that could be suppressing your thyroid function?