DIETING AND HAIR LOSS: WHY DO WE LOSE HAIR WHEN WE LOSE WEIGHT?


If you’ve ever been on a diet for a while or unintentionally lost weight through illness, you may have noticed that your hair begins to shed a lot more. This can be extremely worrying for many people, especially those who haven’t set out to lose weight and then have to deal with the trauma of their hair falling out more, too.

Here at DHI Manchester we encounter clients with this very issue regularly as we perform hair restoration in Manchester and we understand just how distressing this can be.

Dieting and suddenly losing weight have been heavily linked to hair loss, but why is it that changing your lifestyle to a more healthy, balanced one seems to cause your hair to fall out?

Why Does It Happen?

Simply put, when you begin dieting and losing weight, your entire body goes through the physical and emotional stresses of complete change. Although you may feel fine, your body is rigorously trying to figure out how to react to the change in diet and can lead to it feeling more stressed, even if you don’t feel any more agitated than normal.

This shock is linked to a condition known as telogen effluvium which is triggered when your body goes into a state of shock. Your body will be working incredibly hard to burn calories from your fat cells rather than the food that you are consuming, which means extra strain on your system as a whole. This is why you may see increased hair loss as you begin to lose weight.

This hair loss usually ceases once your body gets used to the change and your hair should begin to grow again within a few weeks to a few months, depending on how drastic the weight loss is.

How Can I Combat It?

If you are noticing your hair shedding more when you lose weight, there are ways in which you can reduce it.

Eating more calories is one of the first steps that you should look into. Although this can be quite difficult if you are following a strict calorie-controlled diet, reducing your intake too much can put you more at risk of weight related hair loss. This is because your body needs calories to create energy that is needed to help the hair grow.

Increasing your protein intake is also recommended as this nutrient is one of the main components of a strand of hair. It is important to speak to a medical or dietary professional before attempting this, as everyone’s protein needs will be different depending on different lifestyle and physical needs.

Ultimately, the best advice that we can give is to try to stagger your weight loss. Although it can be really exciting to lose a huge amount in a short space of time, you are putting your body under more stress than it is used to, therefore increasing the likelihood of hair loss.

Take your time and stick to a well structured, personally balanced diet and reduce your chances of losing more than just weight!

If you are worried about hair loss and would like to find out how our specialists here at DHI Manchester can help, don’t hesitate to call our team today on 0161 839 3769 or visit our Facebook and Twitter pages!