Weight loss, if done incorrectly, can have many negative side effects. If you’re committed to losing weight, and keeping it off, I strongly recommend following our easy diet plan as the best way to lose weight.
Does Weight Loss Cause Hair Loss?
The short answer is yes, weight loss can and does cause hair loss. It is a condition called telogen effluvium and it’s something I personally experienced.
What Causes Hair Loss During Weight Loss?
While hair loss during weight loss is common, it is more closely associated with rapid weight loss and the stress that puts on your body.
Here are a few potential causes you should pay attention to:
1. Changes in your hormones: Losing weight, and body fat in particular, causes fluctuations and changes in your hormones. This can not only cause the hair on your head to thin and/or fall out, but also facial and body hair to feel coarser than usual.
2. Changes in your nutrition: When losing weight, maintaining high quality nutrition is of utmost importance. It is easy for weight loss (restricting calories) to cause unintended nutritional deficiencies if you reduce calories from foods that significantly lower important macronutrients and micronutrients. Malnutrition will have a direct negative impact in the volume and quality of your hair.
3. Physical or emotional stress: For some people, weight gain is caused by physical or emotional stresses, and furthermore, weight loss can exacerbate these stresses. Unusually high levels of stress and/or anxiety are common causes of hair loss.
How To Prevent Hair Loss During Weight Loss
Ultimately it all comes down to two things a few key things:
1. Don’t be in a rush to “shed pounds”, instead focus on small lifestyle changes that you know you will be able to stick with in the long run. Think of your weight loss as a marathon and not a sprint.
2. Don’t lose weight at the expense of your health. Make sure that you restrict a healthy amount of calories, and just as importantly, make sure you don’t compromise on any essential macronutrients and micronutrients. You may even consider supplementing with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Iron, and Zinc.
3. If you think your weight gain has been caused by physical or emotional stressors, spend some time focusing on the underlying causes and addressing them. You may even consider meditation.
Will My Hair Grow Back After Weight Loss?
Now for the good news: your hair loss will stop and your hair will regrow once you stop losing weight and start maintaining (or gaining weight by building muscle mass) instead.