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cold belly during intense workouts

Whenever I do a hard workout, particularly cardio, my lower belly gets really cold, like ice cold. I still have a layer of fat there, so I think that my body is drawing blood and heat away from the fat so that it can go to more important places. Does anyone else experience this?

Does anyone know if this will inhibit the fat loss in the area? Its kind of disturbing to be all hot and sweaty and have one part of my body feel dead cold. Should I wear something extra to keep my stomach warm?


Sun. Oct 7, 8:00pm

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is it just the skin that feels cold? it might be that you are sweating, and the evaporation makes your skin feel cold (which is why we do it, to cool ourselves off). I never heard of such a thing that the entire abdominal contents feel cold, can't really think of anything serious that it could be (if it were circulatory, it would turn blue and you may have cramps/ pain). I just think it means you had an outstanding workout and are sweating in places you usually don't. if so, congratulations!

Sunday, October 07, 2007, 8:13 PM

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OP here,
funny thing is that its not just the skin, its pretty much the top layer of fat that gets really cold. I don't think my abdominal contents get cold and I don't sweat too much on my stomach. And when I stop working out, my belly is the same temperature as the rest of me! I really think it has something to do with the .5-1" layer of fat I still have on my lower belly.

I was hoping other people would chime in that they have the same symptoms! :( I guess not. Now I'm kind of worried. I'll have to find a doc!

Monday, October 08, 2007, 12:34 AM

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I definitely get that! I thought everyone did - I know a lot of people do!

When I was younger and in high school, our coach told us that if our bellies were cold, that meant we were burning fat. No idea if that's true or not, but it still makes me love when my belly's cold!!

Monday, October 08, 2007, 11:27 AM

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^ Yup, it means you're burning fat! Google "thermogenesis".

From a book called "Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle":
"If you're curious about getting up to thermogenesis (fat burning) heartrate, simply feel your fat, if it gets cold while your working out then you are burning fat."

Monday, October 08, 2007, 10:12 PM

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OP here,
Thanks so much everyone! I thought I was weird! I tried googling thermogenesis, but I still can't figure out how cold fat equates to burning fat.

Oh well, I'm happy enough just to know that it means I'm burning fat and not my body giving up on itself!

Monday, October 08, 2007, 10:38 PM

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I get it too, and I have a little lump of fat down there too (terrible place to try to get rid of) so you are not out of the ordinary.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007, 12:43 AM

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haha that happens to my butt! When I strip down for my shower post workout, my butt is always ice cold!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007, 7:29 PM

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