Why Am I Losing Hair From My Weight Loss?

Ideal Protein Hair Loss

question markQuestion of the Week:  Why Am I Losing Hair From My Weight Loss?

Yikes – are you losing hair?

It can be a scary thing – especially for women.

You can lose hair from weight loss if you have a lot of weight to lose which comes from your body being stressed, the sudden change in eating, and hormones being released from your fat as it melts off of your body.

Hair loss sh0danThis temporary condition is called Telogen Effluvium.  Try pronouncing those words.

The short of this condition is that the hormones that are being released from your fat coupled with your change in eating is causing stress on your hair follicle.

It only effects the hair follicles that would have already been lost soon, but speeds up the process.

The thing to remember is it is temporary.

We women unfortunately have the problem of having hormones that can constantly mess with our bodies.  I’ve actually experienced this once before in my early 30’s when I had a really bad hormone imbalance.

I didn’t go bald, but I was losing more hair than usual.

So here I am in my 21st week of my Ideal Protein protocol diet and about 4 weeks ago I did notice that I had started losing more hair when I washed my hair, when I dried my hair, and styled it.

Don’t know why I didn’t think to do this originally, but I immediately added Biotin and a B-12 vitamin to my diet to help slow down – if not stop – the hair loss.

It’s taken about 4 weeks for the supplements to take effect and I’m noticing a decrease in hair loss now.

It really freaks some people out and they immediately think they should stop dieting or do something different.

If your program is a healthy program and it’s working for you – please don’t quit.  Don’t use this as an excuse to stop from realizing your dream of getting to your goal weight.

It’s temporary.

You’re hair will grow back and most likely – you are the only one that notices anything different.

Not only will your hair grow back, but with the better diet, increased protein, and healthy state of your body at your goal weight – the hair will typically come in stronger, healthier, and shinier.

I’m taking the following B vitamins to help with the hair loss:

Nature Made B-12 1000 mcg – 1 pill – 1x per day

Country Life Biotin 5000 mcg (5 mg)- 1 pill – 1x per day

*Photo courtesy of sh0dan

Are you experiencing hair loss?  Tell us about it below.

Image:  Ishawalia


  1. Marie RB says

    Hi Amber…I have been on IP for 8 months now…Anyway, hair loss occurred for me as well and since I am over 50 it was a major concern. Luckily I began with thicker hair but the hair loss happened at about the 3.5 month mark..I researched further about IP etc and hair loss and that seemed to be the typical time the hair became dormant and therefore losing the hair..So immediately began biotin for 1st month (1000 mg), 2-3 month began taking Biosil http://www.amazon.com/BIOSIL-NFS-39184-1oz-30ml/dp/B000CLAI7C…..and then switched to Hair Essentials vitamins by Natural Wellbeing… http://www.amazon.com/Essentials-Natural-Herbal-Growth-Supplement/dp/B008MI0ABG…..So, in essence, i have been on three different vitamins specifiaclly targeted to promote hair growth hair ..As a result…my hair is coming back and new growth is getting stronger….DISCLAIMER…I am not a medical doctor and I advocate you check with your doctor before begining any new vitamin regimen…MRB

    • says

      Marie – thank you for posting your experience. It seems that 3.5-4.5 months after dieting is when people are experiencing their first signs of hair loss. Do you still take Biotin or are you only taking Hair Essentials now? I see it has Biotin, iron and selenium in its ingredients which is all great for hair loss.

      So glad to see your hair is coming back and you’re still losing weight.

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