Vanessa Hudgens, Halle Berry, Megan Fox, and Adriana Lima are just some of the celebrities that were swept away by the Keto Diet, the eating plan that has been gaining popularity in the past years. A lot of people gushed over the program, claiming it did them wonders, especially on weight loss.
From A-listers to ordinary folks, you probably heard them giving rave reviews about the diet. So, with the countless testimonials from the prominent and the not, you are convinced of trying this and saying no to too much carb. However, you hover over Instagram and noticed there’s suspicious-looking hashtag — #ketohairloss.
Hmm… Did you read that right? Once you clicked on the hashtag a results page will show you the horrific images of hair fall, sometimes a few strands, others a comb filled with hair. Or perhaps, you have been noticing a number of hair strands on your pillow, on the shower drain, on your brush, could it really be possible that the Keto Diet is to blame?
What is Keto Diet?
First things first, let’s understand how the eating plan works. It is a very restrictive program that only allows you to have a low-carb, high-fat food – when you extremely reduce your carbohydrate intake and replaces this with fat, your body goes to the ketosis state, which means that your body uses or burns fat as energy.
A lot of studies have backed the supposed health benefits of the Keto Diet, with weight loss as the most resounding.
Keto Diet and Hair Loss
As for the Keto Diet’s alleged role in hair fall, experts admitted that yes, it could be the reason you have been experiencing hair fall, but it is not as simple as that. Registered dietitian Erin Palinski-Wade said there are two things that may be behind the experience: inadequate protein and rapid shedding of pounds.
Because you force your body to resort to fat to burn for energy, it may be odd to hear that people still don’t get enough protein. However, dermatologist Joshua Zeichner also agrees that it could be the reason behind your hair problem.
He explained that protein deficiency could leave the skin emptyhanded of the things needed for the healthy growth of hair. But for Palinski-Wade, it may be more than the lack of protein but more of the result of calorie deficit. She pointed out that severe calorie restriction will make the body conserve energy, therefore it will spend lesser on the hair growth.
Additionally, Zeichner said the hair fall woes may have stemmed from the stress the diet has put into your body. Although proof of the association of thinning hair and Keto Diet remains sparse, people guessed that it has something to do with ketosis, or to put it bluntly, using fat as a source of energy is vastly different from carbs.
Other Side Effects
Shedding hair is just one to add to the long list of the pitfalls of Keto Diet, which, at first, sound like this miracle solution to weight loss. Apart from hair fall, people reported suffering from flu, dubbed as the “Keto Flu,” with symptoms of fatigue, nausea, and vomiting.