Does The Ketogenic Diet Cause Hair Loss?

Vitamin and protein deficiencies, especially biotin, are the 2 main nutrient deficiencies that cause hair loss when following the keto diet.

Tavishi Dogra
Written by: Tavishi DograPublished at: Mar 02, 2020
Does The Ketogenic Diet Cause Hair Loss?

Are you one of those who are trying to lose weight? Do you follow a keto diet too? If yes, then be careful. Nowadays low carb, medium protein and the high fat keto diet are very popular these days. This keto diet is beneficial in keeping you fit, reducing inflammation, reducing weight, and controlling blood sugar level in the body. But do you know that some people who follow this keto diet (with high fat and low carb) can also have side effects, one of which is hair loss?

Why does the keto diet cause hair loss?

It is not that the keto diet only harms you, the keto diet has many benefits along with weight loss. It is not that every person who is following the Keto Diet has hair loss. But those who do not follow this diet properly can have hair fall and loss.

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  • The Keto Diet can hinder the normal functioning of your body, hence can act as a stressor. If you are consuming too much caffeine, or you are not able to get full or proper sleep or are intermittently fasting with keto, it backfires.
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  • These conditions can affect your adrenaline gland and even cause an autoimmune reaction, which can cause your hair to fall. So by making small changes in your lifestyle, such as 7-8 hours of sleep and consuming only 1 or 2 cups of coffee a day, you can get some relief from the reduction in caffeine.

Insufficient protein


In keto diet, you are advised to take medium protein, but do you know that protein deficiency is another cause of hair loss? This is why most people are prone to hair loss due to the Keto diet, because people follow this diet, but do not take enough protein. Do you know that malnutrition can be caused by a drop in protein intake, which can lead to hair loss?

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Lack of vitamins and minerals

One study looked at the keto diet's association with vitamin deficiency and hair health. Found that participants lacked amino acids and micronutrients, such as zinc. Many people forget to replace essential vitamins and minerals because of low carb.

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How to change the routine?

It is not that your hair is falling, then it will always fall. But in most people, hair loss occurs after following the keto diet for 2 to 3 months. This may be due to too little protein intake and too much stress. So if you follow a keto diet, do it properly with the advice of a dietician and without any fasting. 

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