Low Carb Frequently Asked Questions - Major Hair Loss




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Mylifeinthemovie
10-23-2007, 03:45 PM
I did low carb for 3 months and noticed my hair began to fall out rapidly. My doctor said it was the diet. I'm switching over to Weight Watchers now because I don't want to have really really thin hair. So, if any one on the diet is experiencing this, it is because of the low carbs. Vitamins wont help, it's just the diet. Some get it, some don't. Your hair wont completely fall out, it'll just get very thin.


ChrissyBean
10-23-2007, 03:56 PM
I'm not low-carbing, but I am finding my hair is coming out quite a lot. :( I'm plateaued big time, but my hair is still falling out.

CABunnyGirl
10-23-2007, 04:37 PM
Boy! Do I know what you're talking about!

I suffered this problem too when I dropped 125 pounds in 5 months in 1993.

I even took a picture of my bathroom sink covered in hair to my doctor's office and he said it was nothing to be worried about... Probably because he was just so thrilled that I'd finally lost the weight he'd been talking to me about for so long...

Then, one night I was up late and heard Richard Simmons mention his own hair loss during an interview he was doing for one of his (diet/exercise) programs so I wrote him a letter - A few days after I mailed the letter he called me at work!

Richard Simmons was very kind as he explained that hair loss is caused by dieting when we don't take in the proper nutrients and PROTEIN our body needs.

Richard Simmons suggested I step up my protein intake (I ate more eggs, chicken, turkey) and it worked! My hair stopped falling out within 2 weeks and my brush was no longer full of hair. I was so confused by what happened before I spoke to Richard Simmons; after all, I told him, I'd never seen a bald anorexic, so why me?!

Are you taking a multi-vitamin? I take GNC's Women's Ultra Mega every day. I noticed right away that these vitamins give me lots of energy and stabilize my blood sugar throughout the day so I don’t have the cravings and hunger pains I had before I began taking them. The bottle also says they aid in the production of electrolyte replacement, and bone health with antioxidant support. It's also one of the few vitamins I've found that has timed release.

I also take a tablespoon of Flax Seed Oil with juice in the morning. Google these things to decide if it may help you too.

I hope I've helped!

Be well,

Janet


JerseyGyrl
10-23-2007, 05:24 PM
Hair loss can happen on ANY diet...not just low carb! I have been on low carb for 3 and a half years...i have hair passed my waist and it is not thin. If anything the protein has tremendously helped my hair, nails & skin!!!:carrot:

Puncezilla
10-24-2007, 02:19 PM
I'ts true Hair loss can be caused by ANY diet, not specificly Lowcarb. My hair seems to by nicer and healthier when on a LC plan. I also take vitamins and get plenty of protien and good oils. It also improves my skin.

alie
10-25-2007, 06:32 AM
Rapid weight loss on any diet can cause this, as most everyone else has said. You won't go bald and your hair won't stay thinned out. What falls out will be replaced with new growth. I speak from experience. I had this happen last year. My hair is growing back. Funny thing, my new growth is actually curly! Go figure. So now I have more body to my hair than I did before. And I think the low carb helps my hair and nails to look better than ever... more protien in my diet!

RobinW
10-28-2007, 09:28 AM
I did low carb for 3 months and noticed my hair began to fall out rapidly. My doctor said it was the diet. I'm switching over to Weight Watchers now because I don't want to have really really thin hair. So, if any one on the diet is experiencing this, it is because of the low carbs. Vitamins wont help, it's just the diet. Some get it, some don't. Your hair wont completely fall out, it'll just get very thin.

Mine did the opposite!! When I eat low carb, my hair is unbelievably full and for some reason, very very curly. You can actually see the new hairs growing in after about 3 weeks. Pretty amazing.

The more sugar I eat (especially wine) it falls out by the handfuls in the shower...scarry stuff!

Leenie
11-22-2007, 08:14 PM
Same here Robin, my hair and nails got REALLLLY nice while low carbing....not to mention my joints didn't hurt.

KO
11-27-2007, 02:26 PM
I'm focussing on my protein again and definitely looking forward to less achy joints and a fuller mane ;)

KLK
05-17-2008, 12:45 AM
My hair thinned around my part during my initial weightloss in 2004 and it was very embarassing (to me, people I asked claimed not to even notice it), but it HAS grown back (about 80%). I've been on a low-carb diet for about 6 weeks and my hair seems fine so far. I think I am eating more calories this time around than I did in 2004 when I was on a low-fat diet, which might have something to do with my hairloss. I think I'm eating more healthy now than I did then (getting more vitamins, minerals, etc.)

snapless
06-09-2008, 12:28 AM
I've noticed that my hair, nails and skin seem to all have improved since I began low-carb about 6 weeks ago. However, I am not only taking vitamins but drinking a LOT more water than I ever have.

Squid
07-07-2008, 10:55 PM
I color my hair and it grows faster on low carb, high protien. Hello gray!

If your hair is coming out, try to add gelatin to your diet in some fashion. It helps hair and nails.

Take good care of yourself, pamper yourself with a good book, bath, quiet walks, meditation, yoga, good movie, massage (even if you have to hijack a chair at the mall)~ try to destress.

I am going to get a nice cup of tea and settle in for the night with a silly movie.

Take time to relax, you are beauiful with or without hair, nails, makeup, wrinkles, in sweats or an evening gown! :)

Shugy247
07-12-2008, 01:32 AM
for me hair loss is an inherited defect that i just have to accept...BUT! ever since i started the LCD, ive noticed my hair is a lot thicker and fluffier...YAY! that makes me very happy...so, take into consideration that there could be other influences causing the loss of hair...

FYI: the birth control pill caused me to lose hair like crazy! im not bald or anything, but it was still noticable...

kate113
07-21-2008, 03:02 PM
I started low carb about 4 weeks ago and in the past week I have definitely noticed hair loss. When I comb or brush my hair at least 20 to 30 hairs fall out. I hope this is just temporary. I'm confused though because I thought that hair was made out of protein so shouldn't your hair get stronger when consuming a high protein diet?

JerseyGyrl
07-21-2008, 03:25 PM
The situation is temporary and its not just a characteristic of low carb dieting...but...of dieting in general. Basically, your body needs to adjust to your weight loss however, it should be a temporary situation. I personally have found that taking 5000 mcg a day of Biotin has helped tremendously.

kittycat40
07-21-2008, 03:32 PM
I am in a major shed right now. BIG TIME. I have lost 30 pounds with low-er carb eating. I have tried to stay between 1200 and 1600 cals. I was taking biotin but then left them somewhere and didn't replace them. I now am taking 5000mcg but have not seen ANY change in loss factor. In fact I went for a hair cut and it stunned the hairstylist. His hair restoration specialist tried to sell me a 500 dollar hair laser thing. ??
I am hopeful that this is just my body adjusting but wowowowow is it unpleasant and scary.

i feel ya lifeinthemovie.

Leenie
07-21-2008, 03:39 PM
Yes, its your body adjusting and boy oh boy is it scary, you feel like your going to go bald with the amount of hair you lose. But don't panic !!

My doctor told me to save my money b/c there are no products out there worth it. He was right!!

Hang in there !!!!

kittycat40
07-21-2008, 03:48 PM
Yes, its your body adjusting and boy oh boy is it scary, you feel like your going to go bald with the amount of hair you lose. But don't panic !!

My doctor told me to save my money b/c there are no products out there worth it. He was right!!

Hang in there !!!!

THANKS! I've gone thru sheds before but this one feels bigger and scarier. The nagging thought of "what if this time it doesn't come back" keeps weighing on me. (so to speak)

JerseyGyrl
07-21-2008, 03:52 PM
It takes several months to see results with the Biotin and must be taken faithfully everyday. Its helped me...not only my hair but, nails as well.