Does A Ketogenic Diet Cause Hair Loss Or Thinning Hair?
Short Answer: Maybe but it is very rare and usually reverses in a month or 2 I first became aware that hair loss was possible for some people on Keto when one of the women in our 28 Day Challenge room complained of it a few months ago. I thought it was an odd symptom but significant enough to begin to do a little research on how common it is or at least if other people complained of it and what I found was interesting enough to merit a blog post so let’s take a look. What is the Science? The first thing I did was to go looking for a few scientific papers on the phenomenon and they are very tough to find. The only one I can see where hair loss is suggested as a side-effect of Keto was The Ketogenic Diet: Adolescents Can Do It, Too, an incredibly interesting paper where teenaged epileptics were put on a Ketogenic diet to see what would happen to the frequency of their seizures. While it appears that the results were overwhelmingly positive, in the side effects section, we get this paragraph: Two individuals reported an increase in seizure activity; two, thinning hair and/or hair loss, both of which were corrected with vitamin supplementation; two, increased bruising or bleeding; and two, subjective reports of stunted growth. (This was out of 45 participants) Why did this happen? Here’s what we know. Any Dietary Change can Result in Hair Loss Sometimes, our bodies aren’t thrilled with changes to our diet no matter how healthy the new way of eating is. It’s not unheard of to see a little hair loss in the first month or 2 or any new diet. It’s almost never anything to be afraid of as the issue usually reverses itself fairly quickly once your body adapts to its new reality. Low Calories can cause Hair Loss When this study turned to reporting the weight loss of its p Continue reading >>
Top 10 Weight Loss Mistakes
Testimony of the Day 30 Day Accelerated Testimony: “Maria Maria Maria!! I’m so excited—I’m down 10lbs after about 6 weeks and what seemed an interminable stall—I went back thru all the Advanced Keto 30 day plan info and took your advice—eliminated all dairy, almond and psyllium flours and it worked! I’m on a roll! Could not be happier, even after a serious mishap and tearing my ACL/MCL right in the midst of our 1200 mile move from CO to VA! Doc says I can do rehab for the MCL and do the ACL surgery in 6 wks. If I wasn’t so overwhelmed with our move I’d be trying to do the webinar! I’m just so happy that I’m 6 weeks into the program and feel competent to cope with all the current challenges. Thank you, again!” – Cathy I want to start out my reminding you that a Well-Formulated Ketogenic diet is very specific. I get clients all the time that claim they eat keto but when we dive into what they are consuming, I wouldn’t be in ketosis if I ate what they were consuming. I have clients who are so metabolically damaged that even adding lemon to their water can take them out of ketosis. A Well-Formulated Ketogenic Diet also does not have the ill effects of when people first go low carb such as feeling tired, depressed and having heavy legs when walking up the stairs. A common mistake is that people start adding in fruits and more carbohydrates because they “feel better” when they add in carbs. The problem was their diet wasn’t Well-Formulated. When you first start a low carb or ketogenic diet you lose a lot of water weight. When clients first adapt to the keto-adapted lifestyle, one of the first side effects is a rapid improvement in insulin sensitivity. Eating low-carb causes insulin levels fall quickly, and your body starts to banish insulin r Continue reading >>
Hair Loss And Kimkins
If you spend any time roaming around low-carb websites you will have stumbled upon posts about the now infamous Kimkins Diet. I haven’t made an in depth investigation into the situation, but from my brief readings it appears that an unscrupulous woman has been outed. As I understand it a year or two ago a lady appeared on various bulletin boards and in low-carb chat groups alleging to have lost 198 pounds in 11 months on a modified version of the Atkins’ diet. Soon this woman had established a website and was promoting said plan as the Kimkins Diet, which sold for about $60. The Kimkins site had an affiliate program that paid others to send their friends to the site, which people apparently did in droves. The big Kimkins break happened when the diet got a cover article in Woman’s World magazine complete with cover copy proclaiming the diet to be “Better than gastric bypass!” Since the Woman’s World article the Kimkins empire has begun to crumble. Many of the top poster children for Kimkins have seen the light and have turned apostate on their former guru. Kimmer, the sort of namesake of the Kimkins plan, has been revealed by a private detective to be one Heidi Kimberly Diaz, who, far from the svelte petite woman she represented herself as being, is definitely obese. A Los Angeles television news show has done a multi-part series on the Kimkins Diet, and now it looks like there will be a class action suit filed against the program and its promoter as well (if it hasn’t been filed already). If you’re interested you can read about the entire affair replete with surveillance photos and videos and video testimonials of former Kimkins apostles who have seen the light through the following links (here, here, here, here and here) I’m not writing here today to Continue reading >>
Video: What Happened To My Hair On Keto
Whether you’re eating high-fat, keto right now, are looking into it, or have experienced issues with your hair in the past, you’ll want to tune into this week’s video. I’m breaking it all down sharing how eating keto affected my hair. How severely low-carb, keto, carb backloading, carb ups and becoming Fat Fueled has changed my hair from frizzy and dry to nourished and healthy (and which step has been the most transformational). Plus, steps to boost the health of your hair no matter where you’re at. For video transcription, scroll down. Highlights… The importance of carbs for strong, thick hair. The importance of fats for gloriously nourished hair. What to do if you’re losing hair (and how long to do it to notice results). Resources… What has your hair done since eating more fat? VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION Hey, you guys, my tights match my outfit today, and I’m even wearing business socks for you. This never happens and I like to switch it up, like business tights, Lou Lemon action, business socks. Usually, I wear indoor shoes because my acupuncturist says that it’s like good for my chi or something. I don’t know. She is awesome so I trust her. Usually it’s like business on the top and PJs on the bottom. In fact, most times I have like my hair over here and no makeup and I look like a witch most of the time and my husband will leave in the morning, kiss me goodbye and then he’ll come home and he’s like, you look exactly the same as when I left like 14 hours ago. Story of my life, the struggle is real. We’re not here to talk about how I need to be on a makeover show with all of my crazy outfits and the fact that I live in pajamas, we’re here to talk about hair and my hair has done some really crazy, awesome things over the last year and a half. O Continue reading >>
Can Low-carb Diets Result In Hair Loss?
Is it possible to lose hair when starting a low-carb diet? Yes, and there are many misunderstandings and myths about it. Here’s what you may need to know. Temporary hair loss can occur for many different reasons, including any big dietary change. This is especially common when severely restricting calories (e.g. starvation diets, meal replacements) but it can also occasionally happen on low-carb diets. If so, it usually starts 3-6 months after starting a new diet, at which point you’ll notice an increasing amount of hairs falling out when brushing your hair. The good news is that even if you should be so unfortunate this is only a temporary phenomenon. And only a percentage of the hair will fall out (the thinning will rarely be very noticeable to others). After a few months all the hair follicles will start to grow new hair, and when they have regrown your hair will be as thick as before again. Of course, if you have long hair this could take a year or even more. Background To understand exactly what is happening it’s necessary to know the basics of how hair grows. Every single hair on your head usually grows for about 2-3 years at a time. After that it stops growing for up to 3 months. Then a new hair starts growing in the same hair follicle, pushing the old hair out. Thus you’re losing hairs every day, but as the hairs are unsynchronized it’s not so noticeable. You lose one hair and another starts growing, i.e. you always have about the same number of hairs on your head. Stress and synchronized hair loss If your body experiences significant stress more hairs than usual can enter the resting phase at the same time. This can happen for many reasons, like these: Starvation, including calorie-restricted diets and meal replacements Diseases Unusually demanding ex Continue reading >>
Low Carb Diet & Hair Loss
Low-carb diets limit carbohydrate intake by removing foods such as bread, rice and pasta from the diet. These types of diet may also remove many fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Depending on the type of diet chosen, participants may consume large quantities of protein-rich foods, such as meats, eggs and dairy to compensate for the missing carbohydrates. A possible side effect of a low carb diet, according to After 50 Health, is hair loss. To understand how a low carb diet might cause hair loss, one should be aware of what hair is and how it grows. Hair Structure Hair is composed of two parts: the strand and the root. The root is a small bulb of living tissue that sits below the surface of the skin inside a pocket called a follicle. The follicle provides the root with nutrients and oxygen through a network of tiny blood vessels. The strand is the visible part of the hair and is non-living tissue. The strand is made of long chains of a protein called keratin and has three layers: the medulla, cortex and cuticle. The cuticle is the outer layer of the hair, it resembles layered scales and protects the cortex and medulla from damage. Hair Growth Hair has two growth phases: The anagen phase and the telogen phase. During the anagen, or growth, phase the hair grows steadily for two or three years. During this phase, the hair can grow as much as 1/2 inch per month, depending on heredity and other factors. During the telogen, or resting, phase the hair stops growing for up to three months. Approximately 10 percent of all hairs go into resting phase, while the remaining 90 percent stay in the growing phase. At the end of the resting period, the resting hairs go back into the anagen phase, where new hair starts growing and pushes the old hair out of the follicle. Dieting and Ha Continue reading >>
A Comprehensive Beginner's Guide
What is a Keto Diet? A keto diet is well known for being a low carb diet, where the body produces ketones in the liver to be used as energy. It’s referred to as many different names – ketogenic diet, low carb diet, low carb high fat (LCHF), etc. When you eat something high in carbs, your body will produce glucose and insulin. Glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert and use as energy so that it will be chosen over any other energy source. Insulin is produced to process the glucose in your bloodstream by taking it around the body. Since the glucose is being used as a primary energy, your fats are not needed and are therefore stored. Typically on a normal, higher carbohydrate diet, the body will use glucose as the main form of energy. By lowering the intake of carbs, the body is induced into a state known as ketosis. Ketosis is a natural process the body initiates to help us survive when food intake is low. During this state, we produce ketones, which are produced from the breakdown of fats in the liver. The end goal of a properly maintained keto diet is to force your body into this metabolic state. We don’t do this through starvation of calories but starvation of carbohydrates. Our bodies are incredibly adaptive to what you put into it – when you overload it with fats and take away carbohydrates, it will begin to burn ketones as the primary energy source. Optimal ketone levels offer many health, weight loss, physical and mental performance benefits. Make keto simple and easy by checking out our 30 Day Meal Plan. Get meal plans, shopping lists, and much more with our Keto Academy Program. Looking for Something Specific? There are numerous benefits that come with being on keto: from weight loss and increased energy levels to therapeutic medical appl Continue reading >>
How To Use (and Not To Use) Exogenous Ketones For Weight Loss
“How do I use ketones to help me lose weight?” Great question. It’s worth the few minutes to understand how exogenous ketones can help people lose weight on a ketogenic diet, and not just jump to the conclusion that ketones = weight loss. Breaking Down Ketone Weight Loss Misconceptions The most common misconception (perhaps due to excessive marketing claims) is that taking ketone supplements will induce immediate weight loss. The purpose of this article is to explain how to use ketones as a piece of the puzzle in your weight loss lifestyle. Remember exogenous ketones are supplements. Very effective at what they do, but none the less, should be supplementary to a low carb/ketogenic style of eating that is geared towards weight loss (if weight loss is the goal). Ketones don’t cause weight loss, they help cause ketosis. Ketosis is a metabolic state where your body is using fatty acids for its primary source of energy. Just because you are using fat does not necessarily mean you are going to be losing weight or have a decrease in body fat percentage over an extended period of time. I have been in deep nutritional ketosis (>3.0mmol/dL) and had an increase in body fat percentage. I’ve also been in deep nutritional ketosis and had a decrease in body fat percentage. It all depends on how much fat and protein you are eating, in addition to being below a carb threshold that will induce ketosis. Please don’t take this to mean starve yourself. It just means that the average male American has over 40,000 calories in stored body fat and can, therefore, afford to eat a lower calorie ketogenic diet, and still survive (and thrive!). Take home message: Exogenous ketones are a tool to get you into ketosis or to boost your energy levels while already in ketosis. If your motive Continue reading >>
17 Foods That Help Prevent Hair Loss
Written by: Kavata Kithome Let’s face it – if you are older than 15, then you are working to keep your head full of hair. It’s okay, you’re not alone – this is particularly evident when you go to the cosmetic aisle; everyone wants a mane that is full of luster, strength and shine. There are many causes for hair loss – autoimmunity genetics, age, hormones, toxicity, medications, nutrient deficiencies – and simply changing your diet can be the key to restoring your mane to its shining glory. Like most of everything else involving your health, a good diet and proper supplementation can make your hair thicker and healthier for a good many years to come. Here are 17 foods you can add to your diet now that can have a vibrant, healthful impact on your hair: 1. Barley Barley is a powerful antioxidant containing vitamin E, which has been found to absorb harmful UV rays in the scalp and protect the skin cells. Vitamin E also repairs sun damage on the scalp that can cause thinning. Barley is great in soups and adds a nice texture and heartiness to salads. It is a great substitute for rice in most dishes as well, bringing a pleasant nutty flavor. 2. Bok Choy This fun-to-say vegetable is dense with iron, which helps to spike up the ferreting levels in your blood and stop your hair from falling out. It is a favourite in mainland China, Philippines, Vietnam and other East-Asian regions, so is it any wonder that they all seem to have a great head of hair? Next time you’re whipping up some juice or a smoothie, throw in some bok choy. 3. Cinnamon This sweet holiday season spice is great for improving circulation, which helps with bringing valuable oxygen and nutrients to your hair follicles. I personally love including cinnamon in my oatmeal and tea. 4. Eggs Eggs are full Continue reading >>
Does Low Carb/keto Eating Make Your Hair Fall Out?
So I went to a new hairdresser last week, my last one is great but is a 40 min drive away and in Brisbane traffic, it ends up being an hour and a half round trip! The new one is 5 mins away, so it was worth a shot. However I’m always a bit apprehensive trying a new one as you get to know your hairdressers, they become like friends – so it’s always… Will you like them? Will they like you? Do they do a good job? Do you like the salon and the rest of the crew? Does it all smell like chemicals in there? Do they leave you alone or talk too much? Does it cost 4 times more than you thought it would? But I needn’t have worried, they were lovely and we got to talking about the low carb diet (as I tend to do, I can’t help myself.) And she said that she only went on it for about 3 months and while she did lose weight, being in the hairdressing game, she did notice her hair become considerably thinner in that short time. Her cousin though had been low carbing for longer and lost at least half the volume of her hair. As I’ve mentioned before, it happened to me – I had visited my old Gold Coast hairdresser and she was shocked at how thin my hair had become. You could see tufts of it growing back along my hairline. And on Instagram, a lovely lady I follow, Simmy Tan, who has now shifted to Ray Peat style of eating after years of dieting, showed a photo of considerable bald patches forming on her head. (Her subsequent recovery is a great story to follow!) A quick look on the net reveals it has happened to loads of people on low carb with the explanation being that it is a response caused by metabolic or hormonal stress in the body. With some saying “don’t worry, stay on the diet, it grows back!” Are you kidding me? Keep eating in a way that stresses and damages yo Continue reading >>
Receding Hairline, Diet And Insulin: The Surprising Hair Loss Link
Is “natural hair loss” really so natural as we age? Maybe not always. Genetics play a strong role in receding hairlines and male pattern baldness (MPB). However, like with many things, genes aren’t the whole story. In fact, emerging science suggests that diet plays a significant role and that insulin is a primary driver behind hair loss. Additionally, there is even a link between early balding and cardiovascular disease. This article takes a look at what connects these things, the causes of hair loss, and how we can potentially reverse them – naturally. What Is a Receding Hairline and Male Pattern Baldness? The medical name ‘androgenic alopecia’ refers to the permanent loss of hair from the scalp. A receding hairline is the progressive loss of hair men experience. This loss of hair initially occurs around the temple area, on both sides of the forehead. The hair around this area begins to thin, and then gradually recedes. A bald spot may then develop on the top of the head, which eventually leads to a ‘horseshoe’ shaped head of hair. In women, female pattern hair loss (FPHL) tends to progressively develop on the top of the head and the crown. People have long hypothesized that genetics are behind hair loss, but as with many medical conditions, research hints that our lifestyle interacts with these genes. The Role of DHT The hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone) plays a causative role in thinning hair, and it is a derivative of the male hormone testosterone (1, 2). But a point often overlooked is the underlying factors which cause excess amounts of this hormone; we will look into this later in the article. Age-related hair loss is much more common in men due to their naturally higher testosterone levels. Key Point: Progressive hair loss—otherwise known as an Continue reading >>
Can Low Carb Or Ketogenic Diets Cause Hair Loss?
A low carb diet reduces the intake of carbohydrates by eliminating foods like rice, pasta, and bread from your diet. This type of diet can also remove many fruits, whole grains, and vegetables. Depending on the kind of diet selected, you may decide to eat large amounts of protein-rich foods and dairy products to replace the carbohydrate that is missing to fuel an Atkins diet. If following a high-fat dieting lifestyle for ketosis, you would need a much more significant percentage of calories from fats such as avocados, olives and coconut and MCT oil. Unfortunately, some people can complain of a low carb high-fat diet and hair falling out. Hormones change within in the body which results in metabolic stress that the body must handle. Reasons Your Hair Is Falling Out? Hair all over the body falls out every day. It is a natural process the body handles automatically. When hair falls out, it can be for many reasons. As we age, our hair strands become finer and lose pigmentation. It affects both male and female equally. Genetics play a big role in hair loss and is often unavoidable. Both males and females can expect to start slowly losing hair in their 30s and 40s. There is no rule here, and it can happen at any age even early to late 20s. Women after giving birth will have significant hormonal changes going through their body. Some women experience such drastic change that the thyroid hormone malfunctions and doesn’t produce enough thyroxine resulting in hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism effects rapid heartbeat, sweating, weight loss, and sleep problems, and the condition of hair and growth. A blood test can assess the health of your thyroid gland. Losing and regaining weight over many years takes its toll on your metabolism and your hair. Long-term low-calorie diets are de Continue reading >>
Stop Hair Loss During Weight Loss By Taking Vitamins And Supplements Vs Eating Diet Foods That Support Hair Growth Vs Adding Regular Scalp And Hair Treatments ... And 1 More
One of the most challenging aspects of losing weight is facing the hair loss that is often the result of: Eating a diet that is restricted in calories as this causes your body to stop sending nutrients to "unnecessary" bodily functions such as growing hair to ensure that other autonomic functions and systems keep working Eating a diet that is restricted in fat, as this causes hair follicles to stop producing the sebum that nourishes strong, flexible hair that resists breakage Eating a diet that has you eating the same foods every day, thus causing hair loss due to missing vitamins and nutrients Eating a diet that restricts protein intake, such as a vegetarian weight loss regimen that forbids meat, as hair is made entirely of protein Eating a diet with no dairy, which can affect magnesium and calcium levels needed to grow hair Failing to eat foods that may be keeping your hormones in balance so that byproducts from normal biochemical actions in your body (such as the sex hormone DHT) do not build up and cause hair loss No matter what type of diet you are on, there are some dietary and lifestyle measures that you can take to minimize the inevitable hair thinning, fallout and patchy balding that can be the result of dieting. The cause of hair thinning and hair loss in dieters is malnutrition. Make sure that the supplement includes all A, C, D, E and all the B vitamins as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese and zinc. You can mix it in juice or water if you like. Silicon gel contains silicon, which helps growing hair absorb minerals that may be lacking in a low-calorie or no diary diet such as calcium, magnesium, selenium and magnesium. Biotin is essential for hair growth and it helps the hair follicles absorb other vitamins, but especially the B vitamins that Continue reading >>
How To Accelerate The Growth Of Hair In A Natural Way
How to accelerate the growth of hair in a natural way Healthy and beautiful hair, long, thick and without damaged ends is the dream of many of us. Unfortunately, it is rarely seen, and we are increasingly faced with problems such as alopecia, dandruff and damaged ends. If you have such problems, do not despair too much, because there are several methods to accelerate the growth of hair in a natural way, without chemicals and costly preparations. All you need is to change entrenched eating habits, the use of medicinal oils in treatments, regular massage the scalp, eliminate stress and other. Want to know how to speed up hair growth for the month, we offer you more excellent solutions. Learn how to stop its decline by argan oil and nettle. These are just two of many natural products that can make your hair thicker, make sure you stick with us. How much does the hair grow per month on average? The normal hair growth for one month is one centimetre, although minor deviations are possible. To further encourage it, you need to use package based on rum and argan, whose recipes, like many others we will be happy to share with you a little later in this article. Thanks to the fact that hair constantly grows and falls off, renewing every day, hair like a mirror reflects our general health. Reveals to us and our eating habits, the amount of toxins in the blood, hormone balance, and - no less important - stress levels. In all cultures, thick and glossy hair has always been considered an inevitable factor of beauty. Ancient Chinese medicine teaches us, for example, that healthy hair is an indicator of vitality, because it is related to the kidneys that is bodies that govern energy and physical strength. The question of how to speed up hair growth in men and women, and for it to be h Continue reading >>
Can Low-carb Diets Cause Hair Loss?
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the natural hair growth cycle means you shed between 50 and 100 hairs daily. If you're experiencing far greater shedding than this, it could be a result of outside stressors, including a dramatic change in your diet. A low-carb diet may temporarily increase the rate at which your hair sheds as your hormone levels adjust and your metabolism shifts to burning more fat. If you're not just losing hair but experiencing serious breakage or bald patches, consult your physician to determine the cause. Video of the Day Hair Growth Cycle The life of a single hair has four separate stages. The anogen phase, when your hair is actively growing, usually lasts between two and seven years. The short 10-day catagen phase is when the hair follicle shrinks and growth halts. Next is the telogen phase during which the hair rests for about three months; it stays attached to your head, but a new growth begins underneath it. The final phase is the exogen phase in which the hair finally detaches from your body and is shed. About 10 to 20 percent of your hair is in the telogen stage at any given time, while the rest is actively growing, according to the American Hair Loss Association. Low-Carb Diet Effects on the Hair Cycle Your hair's normal transition from the anagen to telogen phase is sometimes expedited due to stress. A stressful event, like the death of a loved one, certain medications, serious illness or a major dietary change can prompt more hairs to reach telogen faster, so you experience greater hair shedding than usual. This is called "telogen effluvium" and, if related to your low-carb diet, should be temporary, lasting just two to three months. It's subtle enough that others won't notice that you're losing hair; only you will see ext Continue reading >>