Can Losing Weight Cause Hair Loss?
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You have started to finally see the results of your diet, but there are also side effects that you didn’t expect? Is it possible that losing weight is the reason for falling out of your hair?
Before you start to panic and assume you’re going bald, bear in mind that: it is completely normal. “We know that, clinically and anecdotally, hair loss is associated with rapid weight loss or weight loss associated with stress,” says Ken L. Williams Jr., D.O., a hair-restoration specialist, and surgeon.
The more weight you lose, the more likely you are to experience some form of hair loss.
It all comes down to nutrients. The problem starts when we don’t take enough protein when being on diet and losing weight. In state of lack of protein, the body has to decide where to send those small amount it does have. Since the hair isn’t crucial to our survival, it gets what’s left. In most of the cases it is not enough, and leads to hair loss.
The good news is that this is temporary. “When people stop losing weight, the hair loss usually resolves itself,” Williams says.
If you’re planning to drastically lose weight and at the same time want to minimize the fallout, try keeping tabs on how much protein you’re getting every day. The aim is to get your recommended daily amount which is 46 grams.
It’s also recommended to get some zinc in your diet, since it's a key mineral for hair, as well as, skin and nail growth. You can get it by eating more:
• Vegetables-broccoli and spinach
• Fruits-avocado and fig
• Animal-based proteins- eggs and lean beef
To be totally sure you’re getting enough of it you may also want to take a zinc supplement. Just check in with your doctor first before taking any kind of it.
If you continue to lose your hair, despite all the efforts, and it’s bothering you, Williams recommends taking a biotin supplement or even a prenatal vitamin, both of which have a lot of extra vitamins your body is probably craving for.
Source: Women's health