7 Reasons You’re Losing Your Hair While Dieting

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I've talked about diets in the past. One diet in particular, the Keto, or Ketogenic Diet. This diet has been popular nowadays especially for those who want to lose their weight quickly. This diet involves a severe reduction of carb intake and replaces it with fat instead. The idea of this diet is to get more calories from protein and fat and less from carbohydrates. On the Keto Diet you must cut back most of the carbs that are easy to digest, like sugar, rice, and grains, etc.

How does keto work?

This diet forces the body to use a different type of fuel. Since you are only allowed to eat less than 50 grams of carbs a day, your body will run out of fuel easily.  When this happens, it will put the body into a metabolic state called ketosis. The body will start burning fats to get energy and it also transforms fats into ketones in the liver to supply energy for the brain.

There are lots of testimonies proving that keto diet is effective for weight loss but you may also consider the side effects of this diet before accepting the challenge. Side effects include headache, weakness, irritability, constipation or diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting due to what they call keto flu. You can also start losing your hair while dieting using the ketogenic method.

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7 Reasons You're Losing Your Hair While Dieting

Sudden Weight Loss

The drastic change in your diet can result in sudden extreme weight loss. Sudden weight loss can cause telogen effluvium, a form of hair loss characterized by hair thinning or an increase in hair shedding. A person with this case of hair loss may have a noticeably thin hair but will not lose all of their hair. It may be cured by addressing nutritional deficiencies through diet.

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Lack Of Biotin In The Body

Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin that is essential for hair growth. One of the symptoms of biotin deficiency is hair loss. A study shows that a person on a ketogenic diet requires more biotin. Supports amino acid metabolism and promotes normal immune function. Biotin also plays a critical role in healthy skin and nails, as well.

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder that often results in unpredictable hair loss. Biotin deficiency, if not taken care of, can be a very rare cause of alopecia. Currently, there is no cure for alopecia areata but there are suggested treatments to help hair regrow quickly. A person with alopecia areata can get a hair transplant but it is best to consult a doctor first.

Thyroid Malfunction

Some studies show that keto diet may be a cause of thyroid malfunction. Thyroid conditions can cause hair loss if they are severe and go untreated. Remedies include boosting your iron and treating nutritional deficiencies with vitamins containing biotin, zinc, copper, iron, vitamins C. E, and A.

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Protein Deficiency

Eating enough protein is important for hair growth since hair follicles are made of mostly protein. Protein deficiency may result in weak hair strands and hair fall. Protein is an essential part of nutrition for maintaining lean mass and healthy cells, but the right amount is significant on a ketogenic diet. Easy way to get quality protein, while staying within the Keto Diet calorie and macro guidelines is eat healthier cuts of red meats with the fat still intact, make fat bombs with some protein powder added, and eggs.

Not Enough Calories Intake

Hair problems may arise if the body lacks calories. Experts say that the body needs 2,000  to 2,500 amount of calories per day to maintain overall health and weight. But if a person is on a diet, the suggested daily calorie intake is only 1000 or less. Therefore, we should be careful not to put our health at risk when deciding to go on a diet.

Too Much Stress

One of the most common causes losing your hair while dieting is stress. Though hair loss due to stress is just temporary, you should avoid stress since it can also result in more serious health problems. Mediation, yoga exercise, and even a nice walk around the block all can calm stress. I tend to do all of these at least 3 times a week.

Diets can affect not just our body but our hair, skin and much more as well. Above all, your health is important, so if something just doesn't feel right, consult your doctor and demand to be heard.

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