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Why Do You Always Feel Cold?

This one's for all the girls who steal their boyfriend's sweater.
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Whenever you’re in Baguio or Tagaytay, have you noticed how women are almost always buried in layers of clothes and men are just chilling in their t-shirts? Are women really more lamigin than men? Although there are some exceptions to this rule—hello, it’s me—here are a few scientific reasons why women need extra help staying warm:

1. There’s a difference in extremities.

A study conducted by researchers from the University of Utah found that women’s hands are consistently colder—three degrees cooler than men’s, to be exact—despite the fact that our core body temperature is higher. This means we’re better at preserving heat in our organs than men but it also means our hands and feet feel the cold more.

2. Men have higher metabolism.

Our metabolism isn’t just about losing weight; it’s how our body burns calories for fuel. It’s how our bodies stay warm. Because men have higher metabolic rates—ugh—it makes sense that, in comparison, we feel chilly more often.  

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3. Men have more muscle.

Biologically, women have more fat and men have more muscle. Both fat and muscle generate heat, but in different ways. Fat conserves heat and traps it in the core, but only below the skin. This means that when your skin cools down, you feel the cold even if your core may still be warm.

4. Menstruation is a factor.

In case you needed one more reason to dread your period, women’s fluctuating hormones contribute to how cold we are, depending on the time of the month. On top of that, your birth control may also have something to do with the chill you feel. A study conducted in 2001 found that oral contraceptives raised women’s body temperatures.

Source: The List

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