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Old 12-14-10, 08:52 PM   #1
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The down side of weight loss

This morning (as well as this afternoon) when I got out of my car to walk into my office I felt chilled to the bone, it was about 8 degrees and I did have a good coat & hat. I have noticed this before. As my weight gets below 170 the cold seems to cut through me faster. Oh well, I guess this is how it's supposed to be. Maybe if/when I loose the next 10lbs & get under 160 I'll need to start wearing long underwear. Trading a layer of fat for a layer of clothes is probably a good trade to make.
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Old 12-14-10, 08:58 PM   #2
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I notice that, too. At 40 pounds heavier, it took fewer layers of clothes to keep me warm while fishing this time of year. It's a problem I'll live with, though.
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Well, the upside of that is you should be a lot more comfortable in the summer. I can wear more clothes, but there's a limit to what I can take off without getting arrested.
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I went from 214 pounds in March 2009 to my present weight of 154 pounds. I didn't like cold back then and I don't like it now. I can handle more summer heat/humidity, but winter S*CKS!
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225 >>> 160 - 165, and I've noticed a similar effect.
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And here I thought I was just getting old!
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I have been having trouble loosing weight lately. My willpower is good though. I only have a problem with one thing.






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Four years into losing more than 100 pounds, I still feel the cold a lot more than before. In my office I sit between two 400 pound people. They always want the office kept cool. Guess which of the three of us wears a sweater?

Ever since October I've been having "I told you so" moments with Sayre Kulp, since I warned him about cold sensitivity after weight loss. 170 pounds is a lot of insulation to give up. I think this photo from my second 5k, in 35 degree weather, sums up his reaction to the cold:

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Besides all the new clothes you have to buy. I thought it was fun though. Besides my everyday clothes, I just got 3 pair of bibs and some new jerseys.
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Well, the upside of that is you should be a lot more comfortable in the summer. I can wear more clothes, but there's a limit to what I can take off without getting arrested.
Yes, definitely so. Even the extra 10-15 pounds I carried in 2009 made a big difference on the bike. I really suffered on the 300k and 200k rides I did in the heat of the summer. This year at my target weight was much better.
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I found that as I lose weight, I am colder. Generally, I wear a stocking hat most of the time in cooler temperatures. It is also very pro to wear them.
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I'd heard all the talk about feeling colder after weight loss, and it made logical sense to me, but I had no idea. I've gone from about 270 last winter to 208 right now, and I can't believe how freakin' cold the house is. I walk around in three layers all the time, unless I'm in the basement where it's about 6-7 degrees warmer.
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Yep, more surface area compared to volume when you're smaller, and you have less thermal "inertia". As a small guy I'm constantly adjusting my clothing to conditions, because I heat up and chill down really fast. Unfortunately am also getting less tolerant to cold as I get older.
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Besides all the new clothes you have to buy. I thought it was fun though. Besides my everyday clothes, I just got 3 pair of bibs and some new jerseys.
Shoes are the killer for me. My shoe size dropped from a 14 to a 13 to a 12.5 and now it's a 12. All of my dress shoes are too large now.
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I noticed this too when I got skinny in 2005. Unfortunately I've managed to put most of the weight back on. I hope to get chilled easily again soon. If I could lose 30-40 lb., I'd be pretty happy.
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I even feel cold on the rides in the summer. Don't think that is down to weight loss but probably due to the speed I now go at and the wind chill factor.

And the long johns have been on for a fortnight now. (2 weeks if that is only English in England). And they are the thermal kind.

One tip from our "Young" cyclist at work. "Panti Hose" He swears by them but his wife is complaining about cold legs.
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One night way back when when I was working a bunch of us were standing around shooting the breeze with a couple of nurses, the comment was made about being cold outside, the young macho stud (not me)said he wasn't cold because he was wearing panty hose and proved it. Needless to say he got a bunch of strange looks and a new nickname "L'eggs". Thanks for reminding me of the event, Stapfam, it brought a smile to my face.
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Old 12-15-10, 10:12 PM   #18
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I didn't think it was my imagination!!! Worked hard to lose 45 pounds this year and now feel the cold much more than before. 15# to go and I will be in thermal underwear 24/7!! And I live in Florida!!!

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