Is eating less making me cold?
March 19, 2006 7:54 AM Subscribe
Does not eating, or eating very little, affect body temperature?
posted by Kosh to Health & Fitness (18 answers total)
Some pretty devastating events in my life over the past month have had some equally devastating effects on my appetite. For three weeks or so I would eat roughly one meal a day or less. <1000 calorie days were very common. Over the past week I've started feeling a little hungrier and thus eating more, but I can tell this has had some significant effects on my body. (I think my stomach has shrunk, for one, because I can only eat half the meal size I used to eat regularly, even if I feel as hungry as I used to.)
I'm cold all the time now, even when I'm wearing layers. Historically I would sleep very comfortably in just a pair of boxers or pajama pants--anything more would almost always lead to me waking up with the shirt I was wearing soaked with sweat. Nowadays, I've been wearing sweatpants, t-shirts and socks to bed, and I'm STILL cold. It takes me a long time to warm up under the comforter. Do the effects on my metabolism from eating so little affect my body's production of heat?
For what it's worth, I'm 5'8.5", male, and around 180 pounds (and I've lost a few pounds since this started.)