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Lowish Cals and Lowish Carbs = Cold Extremities, right?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 06, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Lately, I simply haven't felt like eating. After a lifetime of eating 3 meals a day, each one until bursting, this is a welcome change. I promise I don't hold any shame issues with my food or other such impairment - I love to eat. However, this lack of eating has left me (for a few days in a row) well under 2000 calories (on three of the past 7 days, I ate under 1000cals).

I've noted that my feet and hands are cold, especially upon waking. This was bad enough that I actually went to bed dressed in sweats. My wife swears my hands/feet are not cold to the touch, but I have the sensation that they are (for what it's worth, she's anemic and always has cold hands/feet).

I am wondering if bumping up protein specifically (it's been low because I've basically been just eating breakfast - primarily eggs, veggies, sometimes a little meat, and bacon) would increase my core temperature and thereby warm up my hands and feet?

Back when I was dialing in the "strongman" diet I was getting in a whopping 350gm of protein a day, and my body was quite furnace-like all the time from all the digestion and thermic effect of the high protein.

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on March 08, 2012
at 02:42 PM

Btw, not paleo, but aspirin makes me extremely warm. Protein will make you warmer yes, but I guess it'd be quite expensive to eat that much protein, unless you get it from liver, gelatin, ...

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on March 08, 2012
at 02:40 PM

It means your telomeres are becoming longer. Seriously though, have you thought about iodine, calcium, circulation (walking makes me warm), overall stress, and if necessary carbohydrates?

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on March 07, 2012
at 08:54 PM

Perhaps, but really it's more of a "meh, I can't be bothered to prepare a meal right now" sort of thing. I'll feel hungry, but nothing sounds good, or worth the effort to prepare.

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on March 07, 2012
at 02:55 AM

I dont eat breakfast. I usually eat from about 3pm till about 10/11pm. I do indeed get cold hands and cold feet maybe from 2pm until I start eating. That's all I got for you:/

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on March 07, 2012
at 12:41 AM

If anything, cutting carbs and upping fat and protein has made my whole body warmer, but I'm not on a calorie restriction like you are on right now. I would just assume its your body shutting down your extremities to try to protect your internal organs with a limited energy budget.

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on March 06, 2012
at 11:17 PM

Yikes, yeah either more fat OR more protein (likely both) since your LC. I have a nagging feeling that most the time these transient symptoms of cold extremities are just symptoms of unintentional CR.

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on March 08, 2012
at 08:35 PM

In my silly attempt to break the speed record for losing over a hundred pounds, I managed to drop my blood pressure to the point where my heart would do this weird fluttery thing. Apparently, I was so mellowed out I was triggering the reset button. Once I realized it wouldn't kill me, I just put up with it, but in retrospect, I don't think it is likely I lost weight any faster.

Figure out how much protein you need to keep your musculature up and eat that. I aimed for 150g. I figured the pounds I wanted to lose didn't need a gram. Try incorporating coconut milk, or coconut oil. Go easy on the stuff because you might have gastrointestinal issues with it at first. But it should rev you up, and you'll get used to it over time. Way back in the day Dr. Atkins' induction phase was 20g carbs a day. Obviously, in the paleolithic there was a range, but 150g is probably the top end. Anyway, I don't think you get a good return on investment going below 20g a day. Berries are nutritious. Make sure you get enough salt. When I brew coffee, I brew it with a pinch of salt. I add salt to tea. I salt my food.
The processed foods have tons of sodium, and they have weird chemical versions that bloat the hell out of me, but when you stop eating that crap and start eating paleo, suddenly you have an appreciation for why deer act the way they do at salt licks. Man, we need that stuff. We probably need raw salt with all sorts of trace minerals in it too, but for right now I've got kosher salt. I look for the brands that just have one ingredient:salt. Unfreakingbelievable people are adding crap to salt, but it happens.

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on March 08, 2012
at 02:05 PM

If I can't be bothered to eat I often figure it's time I got outside so it helps to have committed plans for activity. Low energy is a vicious circle which isn't necessarily different when fasting to being a metabolic mess on high-calorie SAD. Actually, there's a fair bit of evidence that it's actually worse to just eat a bit than to fast outright. In any event a slump is a slump, and I prefer to work my way out of it rather than eat my way out.

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on March 08, 2012
at 01:47 PM

I find something very similar happens to me when I fast. The only difference is mine do feel slightly cool to the touch. My body also feels less warm to the touch. It seems to reverse quickly when I refeed. It was much worse when I was VLC/ZC.

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on March 06, 2012
at 10:55 PM

Yes, both can cause it. Especially if you go whole hog from high carb to low/zero carb. My 2 cents is: Bump up protein and fats. Definitely get above that 1000 calorie range. Then add in a sweet potato if you're still having issues.

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on March 06, 2012
at 10:14 PM

You might be losing your appetite because your body is fighting off something at the moment?

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on March 07, 2012
at 08:54 PM

Perhaps, but really it's more of a "meh, I can't be bothered to prepare a meal right now" sort of thing. I'll feel hungry, but nothing sounds good, or worth the effort to prepare.

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