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Increase in resistance to cold?

Commented on December 09, 2013
Created December 01, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Hello,

I went paleo last summer. I had started working out regularly (about 10 hours a week) at the gym (cross trainer, weight lifting etc. as well as aerobic, step and Pilates classes) and the swimming pool (aquafit and lane swimming) in the spring.

Winter is now well underway and I have noticed I am much, much more resistant to the cold than before going paleo... despite having less body fat! I used to get almost Raynaud like symptoms and had to wear layers and layers of clothes whenever I was not moving, i.e. sitting at my desk at work or at home, standing on the platform and waiting for the train to show up etc. The improvement is really dramatic. I wonder whether this is caused by the paleo diet (I no longer get the mid-morning sugar cravings/afternoon drowsiness which were often associated with feeling cold), the exercising... or both!

Have others experienced the same thing?

Energy prices are steadily going up where I live (nearly 10% this year and last year) so it is really great not to have to spend so much on heating :)

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on December 09, 2013
at 12:03 PM

Thryoids control energy use, and also temperature. A working thyroid can better regulate your temperature, so you can adapt to cold, or warmth - so if your thyroid is working, you have better cold resistance.

8a525a942a37c3faf3d7ee524e64e57d

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on December 09, 2013
at 12:28 AM

My GP is a big enemy of grains. He once told me: 'I can always tell when people work in a baker's shop: they are always obese'. Staff usually get part of their wages as bread and cakes: I knew a lady who ate nothing else, as she could not afford to buy food on the money she was paid, despite working additional jobs as cleaner, carer, childminder etc. Such a shame.

8a525a942a37c3faf3d7ee524e64e57d

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on December 09, 2013
at 12:26 AM

Thyroid working in what way? Mine was diagnosed as borderline hyperactive over a dozen years ago? I will have a check up some time in the spring and I am really curious to find out whether going Paleo has made a difference (preferably positive!).

8a525a942a37c3faf3d7ee524e64e57d

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on December 09, 2013
at 12:18 AM

I'm moving faster too! The walk to the railway station used to take me 10 minutes, now it's down to 7! I swim faster as well, although I think that's greatly thanks to all the body building I've been doing over the past couple of months: I'm even starting to do pull ups :)

8a525a942a37c3faf3d7ee524e64e57d

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on December 09, 2013
at 12:16 AM

That's the thing which puzzles me. Both my total weight and my % body fat have gone down. In the past, people would tell me I felt the cold because I did not have enough fat on. Now I don't have to wear so many layers of clothes, whether indoors or outdoors, yet I don't feel cold and don't even get cold extremities. The temperature in my flat is definitely lower than what was previously comfortable for me. I wonder whether the insulin spikes I was experiencing in the past might have been linked to increased shivering, poor blood circulation etc.?

8a525a942a37c3faf3d7ee524e64e57d

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on December 09, 2013
at 12:10 AM

I have been anaemic at times, but last time I tested (a couple of weeks after going Paleo) I was inside the normal range. However, iron levels might have gone up since: last time I donated blood, a couple of months after going Paleo, it went so well that over the following week I kept forgetting I had donated. I overdid it at the Aquafit and got an ugly bruise on my arm!

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on December 02, 2013
at 12:48 AM

this intuitively makes sense to me. & i have read that iron deficient anemia may result in feeling the cold/cold hands & feet.

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on December 09, 2013
at 03:24 AM

Shit I'm always cold... Low body fat has its side effects ha

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on December 09, 2013
at 01:20 AM

At first I thought I was experiencing this, but I'm not sure. My body doesn't get as cold down to the bone the way it used to, but if my fingers are outside my mittens in the cold air, they will go numb and take ages to get warm again.

Paleo seemed to help me in some ways, but there have been downsides too.

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on December 02, 2013
at 10:42 PM

Absolutely. I have experienced this. It's funny sitting around in a "coldish" room where everyone is looking for a heater and I am feeling totally comfortable. Eating lots of cayenna helps as well :)

In truth I am thinking it is the eating and burning of lots of good fats.

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on December 02, 2013
at 04:02 PM

Welcome to optimal. This is one of the many benefits of taking out grains. There's a flip side to this, you'll also find higher resistance to heat in the summer too.

It's awesome what a working thyroid can do.

8a525a942a37c3faf3d7ee524e64e57d

(40)

on December 09, 2013
at 12:26 AM

Thyroid working in what way? Mine was diagnosed as borderline hyperactive over a dozen years ago? I will have a check up some time in the spring and I am really curious to find out whether going Paleo has made a difference (preferably positive!).

8a525a942a37c3faf3d7ee524e64e57d

(40)

on December 09, 2013
at 12:28 AM

My GP is a big enemy of grains. He once told me: 'I can always tell when people work in a baker's shop: they are always obese'. Staff usually get part of their wages as bread and cakes: I knew a lady who ate nothing else, as she could not afford to buy food on the money she was paid, despite working additional jobs as cleaner, carer, childminder etc. Such a shame.

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on December 02, 2013
at 04:17 AM

definetly, i spent the whole day in gym shorts today. A year ago i would have been wearing thermals under my jeans, my hands are also warmer all the time.

I think it is because my circulation has improved and my weight has gone up (even though my body fat hasnt)

8a525a942a37c3faf3d7ee524e64e57d

(40)

on December 09, 2013
at 12:16 AM

That's the thing which puzzles me. Both my total weight and my % body fat have gone down. In the past, people would tell me I felt the cold because I did not have enough fat on. Now I don't have to wear so many layers of clothes, whether indoors or outdoors, yet I don't feel cold and don't even get cold extremities. The temperature in my flat is definitely lower than what was previously comfortable for me. I wonder whether the insulin spikes I was experiencing in the past might have been linked to increased shivering, poor blood circulation etc.?

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on December 02, 2013
at 03:55 AM

I used to get a cold, the flu, or something once a year in the winter. Since going Paleo 12 months ago, I have not gotten sick. Coincidence? Maybe. Time will tell.

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on December 01, 2013
at 11:50 PM

I don't think I've developed a resistance to cold, but when I'm outside doing things I'm moving faster than I used to so that might keep me feeling slightly warmer. My wife has always been a vampire blood/cold wise, and on Paleo she is still dracula, gets cold very easily.

8a525a942a37c3faf3d7ee524e64e57d

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on December 09, 2013
at 12:18 AM

I'm moving faster too! The walk to the railway station used to take me 10 minutes, now it's down to 7! I swim faster as well, although I think that's greatly thanks to all the body building I've been doing over the past couple of months: I'm even starting to do pull ups :)

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on December 01, 2013
at 10:25 PM

Yes it happens, especially if you were anemic before.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on December 02, 2013
at 12:48 AM

this intuitively makes sense to me. & i have read that iron deficient anemia may result in feeling the cold/cold hands & feet.

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543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on December 01, 2013
at 10:24 PM

hi Tonia,

some people shared their experiences on this when i asked a similar question a while back here: Are there any warm bodied ZC or VLC people

tho my question was specifically towards zc-ers & vlc-ers

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