We all love the feeling of standing on the scales and finding out that we’ve dropped a few pounds. For those who are dieting and exercising rigorously, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing the results of your hard work right in front of you.
However, whilst dieting definitely has benefits for our waistline, can it have consequences for our hair?
There have been lots of reports of people suffering from hair loss after changing their eating habits.
What is it about some diets that cause hair loss? Can you eat healthy AND keep a healthy head of hair?
A crash diet is the name given to people who want to lose weight in a very short period of time. They will often cut out lots of food from their diet – such as just eating soup every day. The aim is to get results ASAP.
Not only is this really bad for your health, it can also have serious consequences for your hair too. The sudden change on your diet causes your body stress and therefore has a negative impact on hair loss.
The effect of a crash diet on your hair will not be something that happens suddenly – you’ll gradually start to notice thinning over time.
Cutting Out Certain Food Groups
It’s not healthy to completely cut certain food groups out of your diet – especially not for your hair. You need to eat enough protein as this is a vital component in our hair. The amount of protein you need will be different for everyone so it’s worth speaking to a dietary professional.
Certain nutrients are essential for healthy hair growth, which is why crash diets are so detrimental to your health.
A complete change in diet causes the body stress – physically and emotionally. Your body doesn’t know the correct way to deal with the sudden change in eating habits and therefore it starts to feel overly stressed.
This is referred to as Telogen Effluvium – triggered as a result of your body being in shock. Your body must work overtime to burn calories from your fat cells, because they can no longer do it from the food. This strain is also reflected in your hair – resulting in gradual hair loss and thinning.
For some people, hair loss isn’t something that can be easily fixed by changing your diet. It can be a permanent hair loss that can’t be simply reversed.