Hair Loss Due To Weight Loss Or Crash Dieting

Losing weight can lead to Telogen Effluvium in which there is a sudden onset of severe hair fall, often in clumps together. This happens typically after a drastic weight loss session. In some cases the hair loss starts immediately and in other cases it can start even 2-3 months after the weight loss has actually occurred. Women are more vulnerable here as they are prone to sudden drop in their iron counts during menstrual cycles. This causes latent anemia which when coupled with weight loss makes women become easy targets for hair loss due to weight loss or crash dieting.

The worst part is that the hair loss can be out of proportion to the weight loss which is also referred in American Academy of Dermatology Association. The person may have lost a mere 2-3 kilograms of weight, but the resulting hair fall can still be massive.

Men are not completely spared here. Men tend to develop hair loss when they over-exercise. Regular fitness exercises are not a problem, but trying to lose weight and build up muscles is the problem. Many trainers have this false notion of trying to convert their client’s body fat into muscle. While that may never happen, what certainly does happen is hair loss. In fact there is a big school of thought that believes that over exercising is detrimental to hair. There is also a lot of statistical evidence which shows that body builders and wrestlers tend to bald faster than the general population.