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Is Keto Hair Loss Real?

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  Published on March 30th, 2021
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  Last modified December 21st, 2021

 People who want to start a keto diet have several concerns before taking that first step. 

One of the primary concerns many have is the rumored possibility that a keto diet can cause hair loss. We’ve noticed that this is considered a red flag for most people.

And we always tell them this…     

If you’re wondering if a ketogenic diet will cause you to lose hair, then the answer is a resounding NO. 

However, if you’re asking if you can lose hair on a ketogenic diet, we’d say yes, you can. But that’s not related to a keto diet. If this sounds confusing to you, stick around to find out more.

 

What Causes Hair Loss When on A Ketogenic Diet?

Any diet that severely reduces your protein intake, can cause you to suffer from hair loss.

Now, does a ketogenic diet cause you to limit your protein intake? The short answer is yes.

But does a ketogenic diet cause you to limit your protein intake so much that you end up losing hair? Absolutely not.

The number one reason why people lose hair on a ketogenic diet is because they are not following a well-formulated nutrition plan.

Technically speaking, you could choose to obtain 90% of your calories from fat and that’s still “keto friendly.”

But if you eat 1000 calories of fat per day, you’ll only be getting around 10 grams of protein and that’s a severe protein restriction.

 

How Do I Prevent Myself from Losing Hair on A Ketogenic Diet?

It’s super easy.

First, you must make sure that you’re getting enough protein throughout the day.

We’re here to tell you, you should never worry about your protein intake, and your diet should only have a low protein intake if you’re dealing with some other therapeutic condition.

Consult a professional before limiting your protein intake.

You also need to make sure that you’re maximizing your protein intake in every meal–that’s especially the case if you’re fasting or leaving long intervals between meals. 

Don’t be shy if you need to supplement your diet with additional collagen protein or peptides to help prevent any hair loss.

Because a state of ketosis itself does NOT cause hair loss, it’s the protein deficiency that does.

Did this article help you better understand the relationship between hair loss and keto? Please let us know if you have any more questions, we’ll do our best to answer all your concerns.

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