Very Low Calorie Ketogenic Diets: Preventing Hair Loss

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My Experiences with Hair Loss on a Very Low Calorie Ketogenic Diet

Back in 2008 I joined a slimming club called Lighterlife, this required me to just consume about 500 calories per day. The food was a combination of soups and shakes that came in packets and were made up with water. The weight loss as you can imagine was rapid and to be quite honest very easy, as you didn’t feel hungry because I was in ketosis most of the time. I lost in total about 4 1/2 stone. There was however one unfortunate side effect which was hair loss. I noticed that a lot of hair would fall out when I had a shower and washed my hair. To be fair to Lighterlife this was a side effect that we were all told about, so it wasn’t a big surprise. Once I finished the diet and started to eat normally again my hair grew back quickly and thickly.

My top tips for preventing hair loss is not to follow a very low calorie diet, avoid stress and eat well.

Preventing Hair Loss

Preventing hair loss may seem to be an overwhelming and impossible task. Many people perceive this problem to be one of the natural consequences of aging, but for those who suffer hair loss early in life this doesn’t ring true. They naturally ask “why me?” Thinning and receding hair can be a natural part of growing older, but aging is not the only cause.

Although we cannot (so far) prevent the aging process there are many other contributing factors over which we do have some degree of control. It is possible to prevent or delay hair loss in many instances.

There are different reasons apart from the aging process as to why a person may be losing their hair. Some of the most common reasons include: poor diet, too much stress, medical problems, fluctuating hormones and hereditary factors. In order to prevent and control hair loss, the first step is to figure out which of these causes applies to your particular condition.

If baldness runs in your family, you may think that you are doomed to suffer from the same fate. However, there are still ways of overcoming hair loss even if there is a genetic predisposition. Hair-transplant surgery, or the use of hair growth medications are possible treatment choices. To find out which particular plan might be best for you, it is recommended that you visit a hair specialist to discuss your options.

Stress and poor diet are among the most common reasons why people experience hair loss. In coping with the stresses of modern living many people do not take the time to prepare proper meals or to make the time for adequate rest and relaxation. If these factors are those contributing to your hair loss, it is your body’s way of signaling that some much needed lifestyle changes are necessary.

Hair loss may be the obvious symptom but it is very likely your body is suffering other less visible but potentially more damaging problems. Re-evaluate what is important to you, make an effort to avoid stressful people and situations, eat a nutritious and balanced healthy diet and aim for at least 7 hours of sleep every single night.

There are a host of shampoos and conditioners today that claim to be able to prevent hair loss but if you are looking for a topical solution it will be worth your while to have a professional consultation in order to find the treatment that will work best for your specific problem. These hair experts should conduct an examination in order to prescribe a remedy that will be truly effective.

Once you start using any remedy for preventing hair loss, be aware that it will take a while before any results become apparent. Most cases of hair loss do not happen overnight so reversing or slowing the process will be no different.

If you are still shedding hair a week into the treatment, don’t despair. Give it time. Some individuals respond within the first month or two while others take up to six months to see results. This is a gradual process. Results vary depending on your cause and particular treatment.

Most importantly, be gentle and kind to yourself throughout the process. Remember, this is a common condition that affects men and women all over the world. Make the changes you are able to; whether they are diet, lifestyle, product changes or medication.

Recognize that you have some degree of control and exercise it, but do not be despondent if at the end of the day, month or year, you do not have as much hair as you would like. There are many worse things to be without. Don’t you agree?

Resources – Hair Loss Advice

How to Prevent Hair Loss when Losing Weight

Hair loss from weight loss is generally due to a condition known as telogen effluvium, according to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology. Under normal circumstances, hair grows as much as ½ inch per month for approximately 2 years then goes into a resting phase knows as telogen. At the end of the resting phase, old hairs fall out to make room for new hairs. Approximately 10 percent of the hair goes into resting phase.  read more

What causes hair loss during dieting?

No matter what manner people use to lose weight, the more weight they lose, the more likely they are to experience some temporary hair loss. The condition is usually resolved when the person stops losing weight and gradually increases calorie intake by going on to a nutritionally balanced maintenance eating plan…..read more

Hair Loss – causes

Studies have shown that poor nutrition, limited food intake, and deficiencies in certain nutrients can cause thinning. These include deficiencies of biotin, protein, zinc and poor human iron metabolism, although complete baldness is not usually seen. ……read more

 
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