Does The Ketogenic Diet Cause Hair Loss? Find Out


Hair loss is not commonly seen with a well-formulated ketogenic diet. However, a dramatic decline in protein intake can cause undernourishment, which can lead to hair loss. Protein and vitamin deficiency, especially biotin are the two main nutrient deficiencies that lead to hair loss when following a keto diet. Below are some facts you should know.

  • Large Calorie Deficits: Many people who are new to the ketogenic diet don’t replace the calories they would usually get from carbohydrates with healthy fats and protein. 
  • Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies: When going low carb, many people forget to replace essential vitamins and minerals that got flushed out during their first days on keto.
  • Stress: Stress is one of the main culprits behind hair loss, and when your body undergoes major dietary transitions, stress is at an all-time high.
  • Not Enough Protein: It’s common for keto dieters to undereat protein.
  • Gut Health: An unhealthy gut microbiome can lead to a leaky gut syndrome, which can create stress on your body and exacerbate your hair loss symptoms.

Accepting all these facts and balancing your diet would be the best way to take care of your hair while being on Keto Diet.

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