Combat Hair Loss: Learn How to Stop Hair Loss Due to Weight Loss

Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry M.B.B.S.
By Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry M.B.B.S.
Updated on November 15, 2023

Losing weight through diet and exercise is a great way to improve your health and feel better about yourself. However, rapid weight loss can sometimes lead to temporary hair shedding or hair loss as a side effect. While it’s normal to lose up to 100 hairs per day, increased hair fall during weight loss may be concerning. The good news is there are steps you can take to help minimize hair loss and keep your hair healthy during your weight loss journey.

How to stop hair loss due to weight loss?

To help reduce hair loss while losing weight, focus on maintaining a balanced diet full of proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Rapid weight loss diets that severely restrict calories are more likely to cause hair shedding, as your body may not be getting all the nutrients it needs. Aim for a gradual weight loss of 1-2 pounds per week to allow your body to adjust without significant nutritional deficiencies.

Support Information

Hair loss from weight loss is typically temporary and caused by the body’s stress response to rapid changes. To minimize stress on your body:

Ways to support healthy hair during weight loss:

– Get your iron, protein, zinc, and vitamin levels checked. Supplement as needed to ensure adequate nutrient intake. – Eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day rather than skipping meals. – Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Dehydration can exacerbate shedding. – Manage stress with exercise, meditation, or deep breathing. Cortisol spikes from stress can impact hair. – Massage your scalp daily with your fingertips to stimulate circulation. – Be patient as it may take 2-3 months after weight stabilization for normal shedding to resume.


While some temporary hair loss is normal during weight loss journeys, making nutrition a priority and gradually losing weight can help minimize shedding. Be kind to your body as it adapts to changes and see your doctor if hair loss is excessive or concerning. With time and proper care, your hair should return to its normal growth cycle once weight has stabilized.

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