With the Christmas turkey and all those lovely advent calendar choccies fast approaching, many people are currently dieting in order to keep the pounds at bay. But, as a recent article in the Telegraph pointed out, when trying to lose weight you should be careful that you don’t lose more than you bargained for.
Nutritionists warn of hair loss when dieting
Certain types of diets can potentially trigger hair loss, as can losing weight too rapidly. Nutritional therapist Melanie Brown told the Telegraph that, “about 10 percent of people on carb exclusion diets experience hair loss, possibly due to a lack of nutrients like B vitamins and silica.” She went on to say that even the stress undergone by the body during the fat burning process can trigger hair loss.
Dietician Nigel Denby told the Telegraph that, “the most likely dietary cause [of hair loss] is a lack of iron.” GP Rupal Shah meanwhile warned against the dangers of Telogen Effluvium, “a common type of hair loss that can occur as a result of sudden weight loss.”
Telogen Effluvium is a hair loss condition in which hair follicles prematurely enter the resting, or Telogen, phase of their growth cycle. Up to three months after this occurs, the individual may notice a much greater amount of hair being shed than usual. As well as rapid weight loss and dietary imbalances, Telogen Effluvium can be triggered by sudden shocks, giving birth, stress and certain contraceptive pills.
A balanced diet for healthy hair
Of course this risk of hair loss due to dieting is only really present in the case of crash dieting, where weight is lost extremely rapidly, or in diets which exclude particular types of foods, such as those containing carbohydrates or protein.
The safest way to lose weight, for your body and your hair, is to follow a sensible balanced diet, combined with plenty of exercise. Because hair is constantly growing, it needs a regular supply of nutrients to keep it healthy and growing as it should.
Telogen Effluvium is usually only a temporary hair loss condition, provided that the overall cause of it does not continue.
Need help with hair loss?
If you fear you may be suffering from hair loss due to your diet or any other reason, get in touch with The Belgravia Centre. We have developed a special dietary supplement which we call Hair Vitalics, which is intended to give your hair all the building blocks it needs to return to optimum health. Our hair loss experts can create a comprehensive treatment programme to suit your specific condition and circumstances.
We have at our disposal some of the most up to date pharmaceutical and clinical hair loss treatments. As well as Telogen Effluvium, we treat genetic hair loss (Male Pattern Baldness/ Female Pattern Hair Loss) and Alopecia. Take a look at some of the success stories to find out the kind of results we achieve.