So I would assume that most of us here are well adapted to/can handle cold temperatures(from the amount of fat we eat) but how many of you have found that you can handle hotter temperatures better now since you've gone paleo?
I'm in Seattle, where it's wet and gloomy most of the year. It rarely gets hot (above 80F) in the summers, and even then it doesn't stay hot for more than maybe a week. I know more people who own boats than have air conditioning in their homes, because AC just isn't necessary here.
Even before I started paleo I decided to try an experiment in better adapting myself to cold. So at the beginning of the winter of 2010-'11, I set the thermostat at 57F and left it there until January, when I bumped it down to 55F. There were a couple of very wet, chilly days where I'd been outside a lot and felt justified in kicking it up to 60F for the evening, but for most of the winter I kept the house on the cold side--even when it snowed. And I got used to it.
We didn't get many hot days during the summer of 2011; it was a mild summer, even for us. But even on the warmest days I noticed that I wasn't so uncomfortable as I used to be. My upper limit for comfort has always been around 72F, and above 80F things got ugly fast. (Texans, I can hear you snickering from here. Cut it out!) But I don't recall having a single day last summer where I suffered from the heat.
Last October I set the thermostat to 52F, and haven't touched it since. My raincoat got a lot of use during the winter, but I never put the quilted lining in, and I only pulled one wool sweater out of storage. T-shirt weather for me is now 50-55F. And--interestingly--during a recent trip to Dallas, when the temps were in the mid-80s, I had no problem with it. I noticed it was hot, but wasn't knocked flat by it as I used to be. I didn't spend the trip hunkered down in any air conditioned spot I could find. It was almost (dare I say it?) pleasant. So I'm actually looking forward to any hot days we get this summer, just to confirm how well I've heat-adapted.
That said, I haven't noticed a difference due to eating paleo, but cold adaptation--which has paid off by increasing my heat tolerance, too--strikes me as a paleo activity.
While not strictly related to diet, I did just purchase a Thai deodorant crystal. My wife pointed out that not using an anti-perspirant might allow our bodies to actually sweat and cool off like they're supposed to.
I -am- looking forward to the heat wave this summer to see if it's all made a difference. I know being thirty pounds lighter probably will!
I was wondering that today. I could also put it down to conditioning, but I spent 5 hours running about outside today when it was 90F and everyone else seemed to be struggling after 10 minutes. I wasn't altogether comfortable, but I didn't feel it was overwhelmingly hot like I remember I used to feel.
Summer heat, in Florida, lasts for about 10 months out of the year... well, maybe 9 as the last two years or so have had longer winters... we have to deal with hot pretty much constantly.
I have to allow myself to get conditioned to the heat, I find that "having reckless fun with mad abandon" makes me think less about the heat, i.e. going swimming with my son, going to the beach, sprinting with my dogs in a field, or lifting weights with some old friends in a gnarly old garage.
Changing shirts 3 times in a 2 hour workout though? That crap kinda sucks, but I just deal.
I don't do well in the heat, never have and this summer was no different. We are heading into winter now and I am already freezing when its not yet cold-60ish.
So maybe we really do need that winter fat on our bodies to keep us warmer? I'll just go buy warmer layers thank you!! :)
I'm a hot-weather gal and always have been. My fave temps are between 80-85. I remember last summer when t got back down to 90 after 65 days of temps averaging over 100 (we had a bad summer here in NE Texas and surrounding areas) and I thought "Oh, it's nice and cool today"...LOL!
I haven't really noticed any better heat-adaptation specifically from paleo (although it's only beginning to really get hot where I am), but I definitely notice my heat tolerance rising as I lose fat and get in better shape.
I don't prescribe to the incredibly-high fat percentage that some do, but I haven't found that cold temperatures are any "better" on paleo, either.
my high-metabolism , skinny 6'4 145 pound husband hates the heat. I'm 5'3 120 pounds and have always LOVED the heat. Black leather seats in my car, 100 degrees F outside, I'm a happy lizard. I can't stand the cold. 70 degrees F, is cold to me. Paleo hasn't changed anything. Bring on the heat-rock!!!
I handle cold by putting on a more layers and warmer clothes.
Could you please explain how eating fat makes one "cold adapted?" I am aware that having more body fat makes you more tolerant to cold temperatures, but how does eating fat (and not necessarily having elevated body fat) make you "cold adapted"? I am pretty sure we as a species adapted to colder climates by wearing more clothing.
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