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Can you handle hot weather better? If so... why?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 07, 2010 at 4:42 PM

I've noticed that since I changed to a primal/low carb WOE, I can handle the heat and humidity much better than I used to. Humidity especially used to make me miserable and very lethargic, even sick-feeling. I lived in air conditioning whenever possible. I also found that I just 'ran hotter' overall.

Now, here I am sitting indoors working, and it's 33 degrees Celsius and humid... and my AC remains off. I'm fine just sitting in front of a fan.

Anyone else find this as well, that you handle hot weather better? Why is that?

C1fb8666b1ae085507a76a4c494e4f0a

on July 08, 2010
at 05:19 PM

I'm a fall/winter gal too! Third day of 33 celcius, and I'm hot but feel fine. I didn't think about it from an 'insulation' standpoint, but that makes perfect sense!

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on July 08, 2010
at 01:03 PM

If I was going to eat grains, I'd be a bird

B4aa2df25a6bf17d22556667ff896170

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on July 07, 2010
at 06:02 PM

just a thought, but a high carb/sugar diet causes one to retain water. Could this also cause more insulation, leading to getting hotter?

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on July 07, 2010
at 05:50 PM

Same, less insulation is key

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on July 07, 2010
at 05:27 PM

People's bodies adjust to the heat by use of an "internal thermostat." The hotter it is out, the less heat your body needs to produce to stay at that 98.6 degree level.

Well, if you've got less fat (insulation), the heat is easier to contend with. If you're heavier because of BF%, it's going to be like wearing a coat moreso than not.

In past years, I've wanted to run the AC constantly no matter where I was. (And don't get me wrong -- it's hot here right now and I've got it on. I LIKE AC.) I was a heavier guy and the heat just felt oppressive.

But now, I can leave the AC off and roll the windows down and drive in the summer heat and enjoy it. It's still hot, and there's points where I want to melt into the carpet, but for the most part it's a lot better than it was.

Full disclosure: I'm a fall/winter guy. Bring on the skiing!

B4aa2df25a6bf17d22556667ff896170

(851)

on July 07, 2010
at 06:02 PM

just a thought, but a high carb/sugar diet causes one to retain water. Could this also cause more insulation, leading to getting hotter?

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on July 07, 2010
at 05:50 PM

Same, less insulation is key

C1fb8666b1ae085507a76a4c494e4f0a

on July 08, 2010
at 05:19 PM

I'm a fall/winter gal too! Third day of 33 celcius, and I'm hot but feel fine. I didn't think about it from an 'insulation' standpoint, but that makes perfect sense!

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Cbf9ad6e645dc8d655259658fc972e58

on July 09, 2010
at 09:24 PM

Before paleo: Tough time on hot humid days.

After paleo: Tough time on hot humid days.

I have more energy, but hot humid weather still sucks. My ancestral Groks were clearly not from warm places.

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on July 09, 2010
at 10:01 AM

Yeah, I find it remarkable. I'm with Ben and live in the NE US about 3 hours SW of him. Our heat has been high enough to be in the news constantly. However, I don't find it oppressive at all. In years past, I'd been living in a freezer. This year, no probs when outside. Some AC especially at night as I love to sleep in the cold, but otherwise lovin' it! Mike

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on July 08, 2010
at 01:18 PM

Good thread - Im here in NYC and we're hitting the triple digits. I been thinking about this idea cuz although i am indeed sweating a ton...I dont really smell. I shower daily and im a dr. Bronnor's man all the way, and then i use Aubrey Men's Stock for deodorizing: http://www.aubrey-organics.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=408

Its essentially just denatured alcohol with some fragrant oil in it. No aluminum, etc.

At any rate, i have a fairly physical job that has me moving kegs at a bar and sweating a good deal but even by the evening i just dont stink. Its pretty cool.

I am strict paleo - no grains, no dairy, no sugars of any kind. i eat meat and veg.

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on July 08, 2010
at 12:29 PM

tatooedchef is right on the money. Fat people can't take the heat!

Summer is for fruit, veggies, and BBQ!

If you were going to eat breads, the time to do it would be the winter. Also, fresh grain traditionally enters the granary in the fall, just in time to survive the winter, when hunting and gathering are more difficult.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on July 08, 2010
at 01:03 PM

If I was going to eat grains, I'd be a bird

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