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SONICB
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7/20/13 2:10 P

That sounds scary, but it's good to hear that you are increasing your intake and seeing a medical doctor about the issue. I hope you figure out what's going on and can fix the issue!



RAVELGIRLY
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7/19/13 1:42 A

I am 23 pounds above the healthy BMI range for my height. My ticker doesn't reflect that because I find looking at big, long term goals overwhelming.



NSMANN
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7/19/13 12:42 A

What is your current weight? It is within what is considered a healthy BMI range?



RAVELGIRLY
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7/18/13 8:50 P

Anarie, I do weigh and measure my food 99% of the time. I generally hit 1200, so I must have left something off my list. Maybe salad dressing with dinner? the coconut milk I put in my coffee?

Now I'm eating 1350, which is approximately my BMR. Hopefully that will help my hair! Today I really had to plan it out to figure out how to get that high. (Greek yogurt for an afternoon snack and some almonds with my apple this evening should keep me on target!)

I have baby fine hair and not a lot of it. It is definitely thinner...but then, so is the rest of me. LOL!



ANARIE
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7/18/13 8:15 P

My first guess is that you're not eating enough. Frankly, at your size losing a pound week is too much. Half a pound is better, remembering that there will be some weeks when you don't lose at all, and that's all right. The typical day you described doesn't add up to 1200 calories unless your dinners are really big or you're putting an awful lot of peanut butter on that half a sandwich. Are you weighing/measuring your food to make sure the portions are the right size?

One other thing-- is your hair actually getting thin, or are you just losing a lot with no visible change in how it looks? Some of us just have a lot of hair, and lose a lot. I throw away a handful every time I brush my hair, and I have to take a special mesh trap with me if I stay at someone's house so I won't clog their drains. If your hair isn't thinning and you're really eating as much protein as you say, it could be that you've been getting *better* nutrition than you used to and you're losing more hair because you're growing more of it.



RAVELGIRLY
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7/18/13 8:01 P

Thank you to everyone who took the time to reply.

My doctor has ordered a test to check my thyroid function. She did say it could be related to my weight loss as that does affect hormone levels for some women. We will see what the lab results are.

In the meantime, I'm bumping my calories up a bit, making sure I eat some healthy fats, taking a multivitamin, and hitting my protein target every day. I am so close to my goal that I can taste it and I know my good choices are going to improve my health long-term. I just have to get over this little speed bump.



KARA623
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7/18/13 12:14 P

Hair loss is typically a sign of something being wrong, often nutritionally. I've lost 128 lbs and exercise at a high level. Even when I was in high gear, sometimes working out 2.5 hours on a regular basis, I never experienced hair loss. My guess would be that you are not getting the right nutrition, and fat is often the issue. Healthy fat is essential for healthy hair and skin.

Of course, I'm not a doctor. I would make sure you are healthy in your eating habits - and by that I maen eating healthy foods in an amount that sustains an active lifestyle while promoting weight loss, and if you are still showing significant hair loss, see a doctor. It's not normal.



SUNSHINE6442
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7/18/13 8:19 A

Please go see a doctor as hair loss can be related to thyroid problems and other medical conditions. You could also have nutritional deficiencies and even some medications can cause it. It may be as simple as hormonal changes but advice from a qualified health professional is the best.



CMCOLE
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7/18/13 5:59 A

If that's your "typical" day, and you're also exercising regularly, it does not appear you are consuming enough (or enough variety), but I AM NOT A NUTRITIONIST so that is simply my opinion, based on my own body (and I am also 5'2").



KIRSTENCO
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7/18/13 4:53 A

Hairloss can also be seasonal - there are so many things that can cause it...
But best get to your general practitioner to get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.



LOVE4KITTIES
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7/18/13 2:23 A

While losing weight and exercising can cause hair loss, there are a lot of other things that can cause this problem. Just because you are losing hair and are also losing weight and exercising does not mean that the weight loss and exercise are the cause(s) of the hair loss. In other words, you are just assuming cause and effect here... Seeing your doctor and getting an actual diagnosis or at least having a doctor rule out some of the causes of hair loss that are easily ruled out is, IMO, the way to go. I wouldn't take medical advice from my hairdresser or trainer.

Edited to add that anyone can call him/herself a nutritionist with no training at all. Anyone, just because they feel like it, can hang out a shingle and say they are a nutritionist. There are no controls on the use of that term. A registered dietitian, on the other hand, has a thorough education at an accredited institution and is licensed. Still, though, even a registered dietitian isn't the right person to ask about hair loss...you definitely want a medical doctor for that.

Edited by: LOVE4KITTIES at: 7/18/2013 (02:27)


RAVELGIRLY
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7/18/13 1:19 A

Since December, I've been eating just over 1200 calories. (I'm 5'2" and my initial range from Spark was 1200-1400.) My weight loss slowed down to less than 1/2 pound a week recently so I was advised to recalculate to lose 1 lb per week which increased my calorie range to 1260-1600.(My estimated calorie burn from exercise is 1800 cals per week.) I am now aiming for an intake of 1300-1400 calories and have lost a pound this week.

A typical day for me would be
Breakfast:
Kashi Go Lean Crunch
1% milk
Decaf coffee
Berries or 1/2 banana

Lunch: 1/2 peanut butter sandwich or nonfat Greek yogurt

Dinner: varies a lot but I use the plate method (1/2 the plate is veggies, 1/4 plate is protein, 1/4 starch). Fats come from salad dressing or olive oil in cooking.

Dessert: a serving of fruit.

I aim for at least 60 grams of protein a day. I haven't been taking a multivitamin; just taking a magnesium supplement as suggested by my doctor for migraines.



BUNNYKICKS
Posts: 2,299
7/17/13 11:13 P

I had this problem many years ago when I lost a large amount of weight (55#). And I'm having it again now. The key thing to watch for is PROTEIN. Your hair of course is made of protein, but your body would consider it a non-essential service - when your protein intake is too low, the protein you do consume will go to essential functions and things like hair growth and nail growth can suffer. So really watch for that. Also iron and other essential nutrients - make sure you're eating enough food and QUALITY food. Heed your nutritionist!

All that said, my physician also informed me that hair loss sometimes "just happens" when you put your body under a sudden stress or shock - and losing a large amount of weight quickly can cause it. The only way to deal with hair loss due to this reason is patience. Once you maintain awhile, the loss will stop and your hair will thicken back up again. I'm... trying to be patient. I have hair clogging every sink drain in the house these days!

Edited by: BUNNYKICKS at: 7/17/2013 (23:21)


DRAGONCHILDE
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7/17/13 10:21 P

Hair loss from weight loss usually occurs when you have nutritional deficiencies. I would strongly encourage you to talk to your doctor and take your food logs, and review your nutritional intake. Hair loss isn't (and shouldn't be) a normal side effect of proper weight loss programs.

How many calories are you taking in? What does your average day's intake look like? Your page is private, so I can't take a look at your trackers directly to see what your fitness/nutrition looks like.



RAVELGIRLY
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7/17/13 8:36 P

I'm losing hair at an alarming rate. My hairdresser says weight loss can trigger this (I've lost 50 pounds over the last 8 months.). She also says exercising a lot can be a cause. My weight instructor at the gym (who is also a nutritionist) says it sounds like I need to increase my calories or make sure I'm getting all the right micronutrients.

I've been eating at the low end of my Sparkpeople calorie range but have started bumping it up a bit as my weight loss has been really slow lately. I've also begun taking a good multivitamin just in case that was the issue.


What have you found to stop hair loss related to diet and exercise?
How long before I start seeing results?



 
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