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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
A Very Serious Downside of Getting Skinny: Hair Loss
This is a HARD one for me to even bring up.
But, I need your help, wisdom, tips, ideas.
About 15 years ago, I did the Atkins Diet.
I lost 40 pounds in 4 months, and was quite excited about it.
However . . . there were two major downfalls.
#1 I started losing my hair.
#2 My fingernails started thinning, breaking, cracking.
I vividly remember telling Jim,
"You can have a fat wife with hair and nails,
or a skinny and bald wife with no fingernails."
I chose to be the "fat wife with hair and nails".
No more diets for 15 years. Healthy hair and nails.
Fast forward 15 years . . .
I am sooo... excited to have lost so much weight,
and REALLY want to lose another 50 pounds.
However . . .
I am devastated that I am also losing my hair.
I don't know what to do.
I still have fingernails . . . only because I now have Acrylic Nails.
However, I definitely know my own nails are not doing well,
as my Acrylic Nails are breaking and falling off more frequently.
I am eating HEALTHY foods.
I am eating lean protein, along with fruits and veggies,
and low fat dairy products (with lots of Greek Yogurt).
I am eating Fiber (usually in the form of oats or whole wheat).
I am taking Iron and Vitamin D supplements.
(due to long standing deficiencies in both).
The only foods that I am really cutting out are:
Sugar, Pasta, Potatoes, and Rice
I have NO IDEA what could trigger the hair loss.
I have tried to do internet research,
but am not coming up with any answers.
My family does not have hereditary female hair loss.
(or male hair loss, either)
I noticed a bit of hair loss almost immediately
after starting the diet last summer.
However, it has gotten significantly worse.
I was just comparing pictures taken just
4 months ago, and my hair is noticeably thinner.
I don't want to stop the diet now.
I so don't want to regain all of the weight.
I don't want to give up after all of my hard work.
But . . .
I don't want to be bald, either.
Plain and Simple: I don't want to have to choose.
Oh so hoping and praying that one of you might have some answers for me.
Have you lost hair when you've lost weight?
Do you know if it is tied to a specific nutritional deficiency?
And . . .
oh the most humbling question of all:
do any of you use Rogaine???
(you can email me privately if you
don't even want to "put it out there")
Remember . . .
I have no health insurance,
so I can't start going from doctor to doctor.
I haven't inherited a bundle of money,
so I don't have thousands to spend on this.
(I read an article of women who spend several thousand
dollars every few months for treatment of hair loss.)
Oh dear! Oh dear! Oh dear!
This is really troubling me.
I know there are worse things in this world than being bald;
but please don't judge me for wanting to take care of my body and my hair.