The most popular New Year's resolutions are related to self improvement;
getting healthier, losing weight, drinking more water. We've all made them. We also live in a world where we want instant results, because let's face it, eating broccoli for 3 weeks straight and not seeing a lower number on the scale is just depressing.
We see a lot of people choosing quick fix diets, so that they can see improvement quickly. To be fair, who doesn't want to lose 5 pounds in a week? What isn't mentioned though, is that unbalanced diets like Keto, Adkins, and other major calorie deficient diets, can have strong negative effects on your hair, skin and nails.
When your body needs to quickly adjust to a new diet it will focus on transporting all the nourishment to the most essential functions. Hair, skin and nails are not necessarily the most essential, so they are typically the first parts of the body that will be deprived. This leads to brittle nails, sallow dry skin, and hair loss.
We often see major unwanted hair thinning especially due to keto, and major calorie deficits. Often the hair will return to normal when going back to a more balanced diet but not always.
If you think you have hair loss related to a deficient diet, or deficiencies in general, schedule an appointment with your doctor to get blood work. Taking supplements only helps if you are truly deficient in the thing you are supplementing, other wise it's just money down the drain.
We aren't here to be nutrition gurus, we just care about your hair and basic health. Our best advice to you, in terms of achieving your health goals and NOT depriving your body of necessary nutrients, is to consult with your doctor and a registered dietician prior to making any major diet changes.