Hair loss after losing weight? Experts explain why 5 diet tips for hair growth

Many people complain of hair loss these days, especially after losing weight. I wonder why? An unhealthy diet is to blame for weight loss. While formulating the diet, we tend to focus more on the goals of rapid weight loss. As a result, we skip some important food groups, creating a nutritional gap in the body. This also affects our health, our skin and, of course, our hair, making them look dull, coarse and malnourished. According to experts, this type of hair loss is known as telogen effluvium – a temporary problem that usually occurs for about four months. Let’s explain more. Read on.

What causes hair loss?

  • Excessive hair loss associated with nutritional deficiencies:

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it is normal to lose around 50-100 hairs per day. This is known as hair loss. However, it becomes a major concern when hair loss exceeds 100%. Nutritional deficiency is one of the many causes of hair loss.

  • Nutritional deficiency affects hair health:

Today, the internet is full of clichéd diet advice, which often misleads us and affects our overall health. According to nutritionist Mohita Mascarenas, “Most people try to eat as little as possible to lose weight quickly.” Hence, they cut rice, roti, potatoes, ghee, bananas, etc. from their diet “without consulting a dietitian.” This causes nutritional deficiencies, which affects the health of our hair.

Mohita Mascarene also mentioned that diets like keto, detox, intermittent, etc. suddenly restrict food intake and calories. “As a result, over a period of time, the body does not get enough micro and macro nutrients, which causes hair loss,” said Mohita Masirinhas.

  • Protein loss affects keratin production:

A study published in Dermatology Practical And Conceptual notes that the nutritional gap often affects the amino acid content in the body. As for the non-cognitive amino acid, amino acids are the building blocks of protein, which is needed to produce keratin for hair growth. Thus, when you follow a low-calorie, weight-loss diet that does not contain enough protein, you may experience significant hair loss.

  • Restrictive diet leads to hair loss:

Another study, published in Dermatological Clinics, suggests that just like a crash diet, restrictive diets lead to deficiencies of iron, zinc, protein, and essential fatty acids — all of which are linked to healthy hair.

How To Promote Hair Growth While On A Weight Loss Diet?

Food has the power to make or destroy our health; This means we need to focus on a healthy, nutrient-dense diet to enjoy nourished and strong hair health, while shedding a few extra pounds. Here, we give you some quick tips that you may keep handy.

Here are 5 diet tips for losing weight and healthy hair:

1. Stay hydrated:

It is important to drink enough water to flush out toxins from the body. This also helps promote weight loss and circulation, which aids in strong hair health.

Read also: Hydrate outside of water: These foods and drinks are great for hydrating your body

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2. Include Protein:

Include a good amount of protein in your diet for overall health. Protein is not only good for your weight loss diet but it also helps in the production of keratin in the hair roots.


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3. Eat seasonal fruits and vegetables:

Eat your greens – we’ve all grown up hearing that statement. Seasonal vegetables and produce are loaded with essential nutrients that help benefit overall health.


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4. Avoid Rapid Weight Loss:

Losing weight is a journey that takes time, patience, and dedication. A quick fix to himself comes with its share of vices. Hence, experts recommend consuming all the essential nutrients in the right amount for consistent weight loss. This will also eliminate the fear of nutritional deficiencies and weight loss.


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5. Avoid junk food:

Excess oil, calories, and hydrogenated fats can be deadly in all possible ways. When consumed frequently or in large quantities, junk food can lead to nutrient deficiencies which in turn lead to hair loss and weight gain.

Read also: What is fast food? Why is it harmful for you?


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Hence, we suggest maintaining a healthy diet for overall health. Make sure to consult an expert before making any changes to your daily diet.

Disclaimer: This content including tips provides general information only. It is in no way a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.

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