Crash dieting is a form of dieting that may sound appealing on different levels. Now that we’re in the middle of summer, and wearing swimsuits more often, it may seem like an even better idea. The problem is crash dieting isn’t the healthiest way to diet-in more way than one. In fact, crash dieting can affect your hair. Yes, we said your HAIR. You may be thinking…how does crash dieting affect your hair? Well we’re glad you asked because we’re getting into the details, and have a solid understanding if you’ve been thinking about dieting in this way.
If you’ve followed along with us, you may have notice our mentioning the relationship between what we put IN our bodies and the effect it has on our hair’s health. This relationship is how crash dieting affects our hair, too. The reason the foods and beverages we consume has such a huge impact on our hair is because our hair is a living feature in our bodies. To put it quite simply, our hair needs essential nutrients in order to function and grow in a way that’s healthy. When our hair, and bodies really, aren’t given the essential nutrients our hair begins to appear damaged, brittle and dry. You may see where we’re going here…
The problem with crash dieting is it’s common that during this type of dieting our bodies aren’t acquiring the necessary nutrients or amount of nutrients it needs in order to function at an ideal rate. That being said, our hair and the roots where our hair begins aren’t being provided those nutrients and can begin to experience a lot of problems as a result. In fact, many experts suggest that hair loss is one of the most common ways crash dieting affects our hair. That’s right, crash dieting can cause you to actually begin to lose hair. And the cause goes right back to the lack of nutrients our hair follicles obtain (or don’t, rather). In addition to the lack of nutrients absorbed from crash dieting, many believe that the stress your body is put under while crash dieting has an impact on the hair loss that tends to come along with this type of dieting method.
In addition to hair loss it’s common to begin to experience hair that appears dry, brittle and lackluster because of the those lack of nutrients (see a theme?). Many individuals that practice crash dieting also notice their scalps appearing dry and damaged for the same reasons. In essence, it’s pretty difficult to have healthy hair when crash dieting. We’re all about dieting and living a healthy lifestyle, but because of the major effects (negative, mostly) that crash dieting tends to have on our bodies we highly suggest looking for other methods. The good news is there are plenty of other dieting methods that have been found to yield positive, powerful results when applied in a healthy way.
Have you ever tried crash dieting?