Stop Hair Loss During Weight Loss By Taking Vitamins and Supplements vs Eating Diet Foods That Support Hair Growth vs Adding Regular Scalp and Hair Treatments ... and 1 more
Edited by Donna, Inukshuk, Eng, vc
One of the most challenging aspects of losing weight is facing the hair loss that is often the result of:
- Eating a diet that is restricted in calories as this causes your body to stop sending nutrients to "unnecessary" bodily functions such as growing hair to ensure that other autonomic functions and systems keep working
- Eating a diet that is restricted in fat, as this causes hair follicles to stop producing the sebum that nourishes strong, flexible hair that resists breakage
- Eating a diet that has you eating the same foods every day, thus causing hair loss due to missing vitamins and nutrients
- Eating a diet that restricts protein intake, such as a vegetarian weight loss regimen that forbids meat, as hair is made entirely of protein
- Eating a diet with no dairy, which can affect magnesium and calcium levels needed to grow hair
- Failing to eat foods that may be keeping your hormones in balance so that byproducts from normal biochemical actions in your body (such as the sex hormone DHT) do not build up and cause hair loss
No matter what type of diet you are on, there are some dietary and lifestyle measures that you can take to minimize the inevitable hair thinning, fallout and patchy balding that can be the result of dieting.
Method 1: By Taking Vitamins and Supplements
Method 2: By Eating Diet Foods That Support Hair Growth
- 1Eat seaweed every day.Seaweeds such as kelp, wakame and nori contain very high amounts of calcium, magnesium and iodine and have almost 0 calories. These minerals support the endocrine and hormonal systems, which helps build strong healthy hair. They also help to reduce hair loss caused by high blood sugar levels. In addition they contain essential fatty acids that are needed to keep hair from breaking off at the root.Advertisement
- 3Eat two eggs three at least times a week.Egg yolks are not often allowed on calorie restricted diets but they are an essential, low calorie source of the biotin, sulphur and protein that your hair needs to grow. For an extra nutritional boost for hair growth, eat eggs that have been optimized with added omega-3 fatty acids.
- 5Eat as many watermelon slices as you like a day.Watermelon is a good source of minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and selenium, all of which are essential for nourishing hair follicles. Watermelon is also a natural DHT blocker that prevents hair loss due to hormonal imbalances and insulin resistance.
- 12Add garlic to every dish that you can.Garlic contains sulphur, Vitamin C and anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agents that help fight hair loss in all circumstances. The active ingredient in garlic is allicin, which is dormant until the garlic clove is smashed or cut up, so eat it as raw as possible. Adding garlic to chopped up smoothies is a good idea.
Method 3: By Adding Regular Scalp and Hair Treatments
- 1Give your hair and scalp a warm oil massage treatment at least once a week.When you diet, your hair and scalp tends to be drier. Warm a couple of tablespoons of either coconut oil, olive oil, amla oil or argan oil and apply to your hair and scalp. Massage vigorously and then use a mild shampoo like Johnson's Baby Shampoo to rinse it out. Let your hair dry as usual.Advertisement
- 2Rinse your hair with raw apple cider vinegar at least once a week.When you diet, you might start detoxifying as excess hormones, oil and toxins often end up on the scalp. Add two tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar to an eight to ten ounce bottle of room temperature water. Squirt this homemade apple cider rinse all over your hair after you shampoo and condition it. Rub it into your scalp and leave it on a couple of minutes.
Method 4: By Adopting Lifestyle Changes To Prevent Hair Loss
- 1Stay away from stressful people and situations.If you must be on a low-calorie or other type of restricted diet is very important that you do not weaken your already fragile hair roots further by engaging into too much drama or conflict. This is because negative excitement produces cortisol, which in turn causes the production of DHT, a hormone that causes baldness. Instead carve out time for yourself alone by engaging in a hobby you like, meditation or even going shopping.
- 3Read labels carefully to avoid using shampoos and conditioners that contain additives and chemicals.During dieting your hair is more vulnerable to hair loss if you use products that contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Parabens, Polyethylene Glycol and Fragrance. Read the ingredients on all products that you buy.
- 6Get plenty of rest at night and take naps during the day.Dieting is fatiguing as your body tries to compensate for the lack of calorie intake, so do your best to ensure a good night's rest by sleeping at least 8 hours a night, sleeping in a cool room and sleeping without stimulations such as your laptop or cell phone in the bed.
- 7Sleep on satin or polyester silk pillowcases.Sleep on pillows that have a slippery fabric so that when you turn your head at night your hair is not pulled in any way. This helps prevent hair that is weakened by diet from falling out.Advertisement
Tips and Tricks
- Avoid fad diets that have you eating the same foods day after day, such as The Cabbage Soup Diet or the Grapefruit diet; you will simply not get all of the nutrients you need a day to grow a healthy head of hair.
- Hair that is weakened because of malnutrition from a low calorie diet may not fall out for another three to seven months after the diet.
- If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.