While I didn’t experience more than my average “shower shed” during my 6 months and 50 pounds weight loss on the ketogenic diet, some do experience Keto Hair Loss. I did notice breakage during my heavy fasting days and began using a new hair product line to help with re-growth.
Studies have shown that hair loss can be significant when one loses weight quickly. In this article by PerfectKeto.com, an analyzed study showed seven participants lost more than 25% of their initial body weight. To lose such a large amount of weight means their food intake was extremely low compared to their usual diet.
If there is some “shock to the system”, as many as 70% of the scalp hairs are then shed in large numbers about 2 months after the “shock”. This sudden increase in hair loss, usually described as the hair coming out in handfuls, is acute telogen effluvium. (Read More)
In this video by Dr. Berg, you’ll learn about nutrients and hair loss during intermittent fasting.
According to a 2013 study, hair loss on the keto diet could be explained by a biotin deficiency. The study explained that biotin is a water-soluble B vitamin that is responsible for acting as a cofactor for several enzymes.
If you have experienced hair loss on the ketogenic way of eating, you may want to consider a higher calorie meal plan for a while.
I added collagen to my daily food intake as well. Collagen Peptides are good for hair, skin and nails. I’m 47 and take 20 grams each day. I blend it into my coffee, tea, keto hot chocolate, and even eggs and cookies! I use the unflavored. I order 1 canister and one of the travel packs each month. On autoship they are cheaper and deliver free to my doorstep.
I was asked today privately what vitamins and supplements I take. While I strive to get nutrients from whole foods, I also have a daily routine of vitamins and supplements.
Once you truly understand how to eat on a ketogenic lifestyle, and how to manage your macros, creating meal plans for you and your family will be quite easy.