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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 04-06-10, 08:25 AM   #1
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Regulating body heat...

Hey there...

I have lost 50 lbs in the last 14 months and find that I am having problems staying warm. I woke up on Sat morning and the temps were around 50 and I could not get warm. My feet were freezing as well as my legs and chose not the ride until that afternoon. The lower temps have not really bothered me that much until now.

Any one else experiencing this due to weight loss?
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Old 04-06-10, 09:04 AM   #2
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I've noticed it a little bit (Lost 80 pounds so far). My suggestion is to take your shower before you leave. That way you're warmed up. It's much easier to stay warm if you start out warm.
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Old 04-06-10, 09:37 AM   #3
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not sure how you lost your weight. regardless I might suggest that you fire up your metabolism. there are a few ways to do that and easy to research.
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Old 04-06-10, 09:55 AM   #4
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A few years ago, I dropped from 256 to 220 through diet and climbing my arse off on the bike. I noticed a big difference in temperature. I felt like I was walking around without a shirt.
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I used to get cold all the time, I could never get warm. Then I had a stent and got placed on thinners and aspirin. Now I don't get near as cold (good down into the 40's with minimal coverage), however in the event of a crash I don't clot either... everything's a trade off.
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I have an isssue where after a workout ride, or just strenous work, I need to sit is a tub of hot water or I chill. My body just doesn't like it above 70 degrees. It really doesn't matter how much i weighed from 170lbs to 270lbs. I've come to the conclusion that it's has to do with electrolite ballance. When it's warmer i sweat so much it just draws all the heat out of me, especially my back. When I get done working I need to do the exothermic thing by sitting in a tub of hot water.
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Hey there...

I have lost 50 lbs in the last 14 months and find that I am having problems staying warm. I woke up on Sat morning and the temps were around 50 and I could not get warm. My feet were freezing as well as my legs and chose not the ride until that afternoon. The lower temps have not really bothered me that much until now.

Any one else experiencing this due to weight loss?
Yes. I went from 400 to 242 and became very sensitive to cold. Let's face it, fat is an insulator - ask any walrus you know.
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Old 04-07-10, 01:51 PM   #8
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Dress in layers. Start with a bunch of clothes and peel them off as you get hot.

Note: body temperature control problems can indicate an issue in the endocrine system. However, these problems manifest themselves in more obvious ways (wild swings with no change in activity or external temperature, etc.).
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Nothing wrong with being a little chilly, because of losing weight. You can always add a layer to keep warm. There's a guy at work that used to rib me about wearing sweatshirts in the morning. He said he didn't have to, because of his built in insulation. His doctor recently diagnosed him with diabetes, and sky high BP. Which is where I was headed had I not made a lifestyle change. Unfortunately for my friend at work, he still doesn't seem to care. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he will soon though.
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Any one else experiencing this due to weight loss?
I had blamed it on age. You know ... I'm not getting any younger, and I seem to be losing my tolerance for the cold. But weight loss makes a lot more sense.

Get a merino base layer, including wool socks, glove liners, and use a wool neck gaiter as an open hat. It's amazing how well merino regulates your body temperature. Very hard to be too cold in the stuff, but at the same time, it's never too warm. As an added bonus, it pulls sweat away from you like a sponge, but never smells like body odor.

Or any layering strategy will help - the dead air trapped between the layers gets warmed up from your body heat, and stays warm. But I can't stand (poly) fleece; even the really good stuff feels clammy after riding much.
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Yes. I went from 400 to 242 and became very sensitive to cold. Let's face it, fat is an insulator - ask any walrus you know.
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I've not lost that much weight (yet), but I am cold like a skinny girl, and have goose bumps - the whole nine yards...
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