Thursday, May 02, 2013
Yeah. Can't deny what I'm seeing every time I wash my hair, or run a brush through it... I'm losing "excessive" hair. Darn it.
I know this is related to the weight loss. And I know it is "temporary." I've been down this road once before, back in 1999, the first time I shed significant weight. I was so alarmed that I first talked to my personal trainer and then to my physician. Both concurred that my protein intake was way too low (a nutritional deficit that can trigger hair loss), and the doctor further reassured me that it was almost certainly going to be a temporary issue, explaining that the physical shock to the body of "rapid/significant weight loss" was a common trigger for hair loss. I was advised to watch my protein, and also my iron.
I thought maybe I could avoid this side-effect, this time 'round. I have tried to be very careful with my protein intake (though I'm always on the extreme lowest end of my range... and sometimes below it - but when I go below, I try and "make up for it" by having a higher-protein day so it all evens out over the week).
But - nope. It's happening again. Started noticing it about 2-3 weeks ago (somewhere around the 30#-lost mark). It caught my attention, and I started getting very vigilant about watching my minimum protein grams. Started reminding myself to take that "daily multivitamin plus iron." But to no avail. The last few days have been just disturbingly terrible.
So... I'm entering Carnivore Mode now. Funny, after 4 months of "2-3 ounce portions of meat, if any," just how luxury-ridiculous a six ounce steak or a thick-cut pork chop looks on my plate. Gotta admit, the last 3-4 dinners have felt like sheer decadence (and extreme deliciousness).
Just gotta keep trying to be Zen about it. This too shall pass.