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Low Carb Question

Discussion in 'Low-carb Diet Forum' started by Alineden, Nov 22, 2018.

  1. Alineden

    Alineden · Well-Known Member

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    Hi. I've been eating low carb for a while now. My HbA1c has come down from 84 to 52 and my weight has dropped by 20lb.

    Lately I am really feeling the cold, especially my hands.

    Is it possible that I am not taking in enough calories and my metabolism is slowing down causing a reduction in the production of body heat?

    I don't mind the feeling cold but I am conscious that my weight loss could be hindered if I'm reducing my calorific intake too much, as I would like to lose another 28lb.
     
  2. Rachox

    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    I feel the cold much more than I did before my low carb life began too. Whether it’s the low carb eating or the loss of weight I guess I’ll never know, as I’m not planning on quitting low carb anytime soon!
    Still every cloud, bed Sox and a new fleece blanket have appeared on my Xmas pressie list!
     
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  3. Brunneria

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    Hi,

    :) I guess that all depends on how much you are eating, and whether it is so little that it may cause a drop in your metabolic rate.
    I must admit that the only time I have felt cold while dieting was when I was trying to go low calorie while still eating carbs. That made me feel pretty miserable. I have not found the same experience on a low carb higher fat way of eating - but that is just my experience, and won't necessarily apply to you, because I don't know how low carb your current way of eating is. There is quite a lot of variation between low and very low, and we all seem to interpret it differently.

    Something else to bear in mind is that when we trim up a bit, we have less 'insulation' and that can lead to feeling chilly and needing extra layers to replace the... er... padding... that used to keep us warm.

    Well done for the weight loss and improved HbA1c though. That is a great achievement. :D
     
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    First symptom I normally get that my thyroid is out of whack.....
     
  5. Alineden

    Alineden · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Rachox. It could be a bit of both. I've definitely gone from being a warm person to being a bit of a wimp in the cold ha ha.
     
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  6. Alineden

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    Hi Brunneria. I'm eating as low carb as possible which is very low except the odd mistake I sometimes make.

    I'm also trying to only eat between 12 noon and 6PM but I'm only successful with this about 50% of the time due to not always being able to access meals during that window.

    I am consciously eating more fat to replace the carbs I've cut out but maybe I need to eat more fat than I am.
     
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    Hi Engineer88. I'm assuming, possibly wrongly, that my thyroid is ok as it was my annual blood test that revealed the diabetes and I'm guessing a thyroid issue would have also been revealed.
     
  8. Smallbrit

    Smallbrit Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I wasn't low carbing to lose any weight, although I lost a tiny (like a few lbs) bit of weight. But apparently I lost it entirely from my fingers and toes as my feet and hands are constantly cold now AND my wedding ring has fallen off so many times in the past few months that I'm not wearing them again until it warms up.

    My personal solution? A nice, warm tropical isle would solve it all. But until then.... thermal socks and handwarmers.
     
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    Ann1982 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I feel the cold ever since I was diagnosed 27 years ago. I just wrap up well and never go out without gloves.
     
  10. Engineer88

    Engineer88 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I doubt it as the 'range' used to say thyroid is ok is far too large and you can get symptoms of low or high at either end.

    Highly personal, bit like diabetes.
     
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  11. Alineden

    Alineden · Well-Known Member

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    Ah I see
     
  12. Alineden

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    Hi Ann. Gloves are quickly becoming my best friend.
     
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    Emma_369 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I’m constantly cold now. I put it more down to the weight loss from low carbing rather than the actual low carbing itself
     
  14. Mr_Pot

    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I agree, but also my being old and the fact that it's winter don't help.
     
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  15. SlimLizzy

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    Have always felt the cold. Only recently realised that getting hot after a meal reveals a blood sugar spike...
     
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