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Paleo and Hair loss?

Asked on June 03, 2015
Created December 01, 2013 at 1:40 AM

I've been following a Paleo diet for about 2 years now. I recently changed my diet to a cyclical carb diet where I eat low carb paleo about 5-6 days a week, with a 1 day carb refeed. I have been slowly losing hair and wanted to know if this has anything to do with my diet/ stress? I take Yohimbine HCL, could it maybe be that?

I eat about 100g fat, 175g Protein, 30g carbs (5-6days) and on my refeed about 75g fat, 800g carbs, 175g protein. I eat lots of veggies, meats, coconut oil, and almond butter. Lift weights about 4x a week. Slow walking about 2x a week. 8 hours of sleep. I dont know what to do, and would greatly appreciate your help. thanks in advance!

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on December 02, 2013
at 07:57 PM

Low-carb itself is the most obvious cause of hair loss in this case.

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on December 02, 2013
at 04:46 PM

This is dated philosophy... Carb overfeeding experiments show it takes a sedentary roughly 8k cal of carbs before any weight will be gained, roughly 4k is burned via thermogenesis; your rate of thermogenesis increases over time as your metabolism shifts.. this is why I see girls eating as much carbs as they can all day and shredding body fat..

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on December 01, 2013
at 07:49 AM

agreed on the stress thing, i have read some causes of telogen effluvium include stress, which includes a 'stressful' diet or dietary change. sometimes accompanied with beau's lines on the nails.

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on December 01, 2013
at 06:57 AM

What was your diet previously? Age, ht, wt & est body fat? Protein could be high depending on your size & body comp. Relationship of hair loss to dietary change? Stress can definitely cause hair loss. Did your low carb / high carb cycling cause weight loss?

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on December 01, 2013
at 06:07 AM

seems like a lot of protein (depending on your size)...tho protein intake recs do vary quite a lot.

two different recs i have commonly seen are; 0.75 to 1 gram per kilogram of lean body mass, and 0.75 to 1 gram per pound of lean body mass (which is quite a variation).

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on December 11, 2013
at 09:11 AM

Hi,

Hair loss is a common condition that affects a large number of men and women. While some amount of hair loss is natural and should not be a reason to worry; steps should be taken to cut down on hair loss when it becomes excessive. If not controlled in time, excessive hair fall in men can lead to partial or complete baldness. However, women rarely suffer from baldness. People suffering from baldness become stressed and develop a low self-esteem. They tend to look older than their age and feel nervous when meeting new people, especially those belonging to the opposite sex. According to experts, people should start taking effective measures as soon as they notice that their hair fall is become excessive. In men, the most common cause of this fall is male pattern baldness. This condition can easily be treated with the help of prescription medications such as Propecia finasteride.

Symptoms

According to experts, it is normal to shed 50 to 100 hairs a day because these hairs are easily replaced by new hair from the same follicle located just beneath the skin surface. However, if you notice excessive hair fall while combing or after shampoo, it may be a cause for concern. Some of the other noticeable symptoms of hair loss include: A general thinning of hair - Your hair may not be as thick as it used to be earlier A receding hairline - The scalp begins to thin out and it appears as though the top of the head has lost most of the hair A bald spot - Men may notice a circular area of baldness covering the crown or top-rear of the head. Progressing baldness - If hair loss is not checked, men may notice complete loss of hair except in the area around the back and sides of the head; typically, this is the most common indicator of male pattern baldness

Causes

It may occur because of various reasons.

Listed below are some of the chief causes:

Hereditary reasons

Because of a deficiency of essential minerals like iron

Excess stress

Underactive thyroid

Fungal scalp infections

Side effects of some prescription drugs

Types

Male pattern hair loss - Medically known as androgenetic alopecia, male pattern hair loss is the most common type of baldness in men. It mostly affects men in their 40s, however, these days men in their 20s are also getting affected. In this condition, hair is lost in a well-defined pattern. Your hair begins to thin at the temples and at the crown. If not treated in time, male pattern hair loss may progress to partial or complete baldness. Alopecia areata - People with alopecia areata suffer from coin-sized bald patches on the scalp or beard. In rare cases, sufferers may lose all their body hair also. The condition is believed to be caused by a combination of factors including genetic factors, immune and autoimmune system responses and emotional stress. Telogen effluvium - In this condition, people suffer from a general thinning of the hair. It occurs when hair follicles shift into the telogen (or resting) phase prematurely. Telogen effluvium can occur because of nutritional status, stress, medication, childbirth, febrile illness and surgical operation. In this condition, hair loss usually remits within 3-6 months after the cause is removed.

When should YOU look for medical assistance?

According to experts, treatment for should begin as early as possible. If you notice excessive hair loss off late, it is then time to consult your doctor. If your doctor confirms that you suffer from excessive hair loss and diagnoses the cause for the same, you should start taking the treatment immediately. By starting the treatment early, you can prevent yourself from partial or complete baldness.

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on December 02, 2013
at 08:01 PM

It is the low carb itself. Hair loss is an extremely common side effect of it. Danny Roddy is an Ex-Low-Carb-Paleoist who could fix it by adapting to a high-carb Ray Peat-inspired diet. He just released a new edition of his popular book, which I can highly recommend:

http://www.hairlikeafox.com/

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on December 02, 2013
at 12:58 PM

There are many reason why we loss hair. Here are some reasons,

  • Physical stress

  • Overdoing vitamin A-containing supplements or medications can trigger hair loss

  • Lack of protein - If you don't get enough protein in your diet, your body may ration protein by shutting down hair growth

  • Heredity - Female-pattern hair loss, called androgenic or androgenetic alopecia, is basically the female version of male pattern baldness.

  • Female hormones - Just as pregnancy hormone changes can cause hair loss, so can switching or going off birth-control pills.

  • Emotional stress - Emotional stress is less likely to cause hair loss than physical stress.

  • Vitamin B deficiency

  • Antidepressants, blood thinners, and more - Certain other classes of medication may also promote hair loss.

There are some natural treatment for hair loss, like having proper vitamin and protein food, regular exercise and healthy foods.

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on December 02, 2013
at 07:57 PM

Low-carb itself is the most obvious cause of hair loss in this case.

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on December 01, 2013
at 07:58 PM

if you are eating a caloric surplus then any macro ratio is going to yield weight gain

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on December 02, 2013
at 04:46 PM

This is dated philosophy... Carb overfeeding experiments show it takes a sedentary roughly 8k cal of carbs before any weight will be gained, roughly 4k is burned via thermogenesis; your rate of thermogenesis increases over time as your metabolism shifts.. this is why I see girls eating as much carbs as they can all day and shredding body fat..

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on December 01, 2013
at 06:44 PM

Thanks a lot for your help you guys! really appreciate all the feedback. I'll be upping my carb intake and lowering my fat a little bit to see how things work out. Problem is, the more I introduce carbs into my diet, the more weight I put on. I pretty p\much stick with white rice, sweet potatoes, potatoes, and sometimes gluten free oats. M body simply doesnt do too well with fruits/fructose.

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on December 01, 2013
at 05:05 PM

I experienced very similar results. I was ZC/VLC for 5 months and as soon as I started eating 100-200g of carbs a day my hair started falling out. My hair now has been regrowing as I've continued eating carbs. ZC/VLC is extremely taxing on your body. I don't see how ZC/VLC works for people other than those who are obese and morbidly obese. I lost 100lbs in 11 months by cutting out crap and maintaining a caloric deficit while continuing to eat carbs with every meak

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on December 01, 2013
at 03:16 PM

I was on low carb diet for more than one year and I lost more than a half of my hair... not to mention other health disorders. Now hair is growing back like crazy! I eat a lot of sweet potatoes, plantains and a little bit of rice and other veggies. I'm almost sure that very low carb (which I was ) is not for everyone. I feel so much better now but still the major source of my calories is FAT :)

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