Many people diet before an event or when they are going to wear light clothing. However, if done incorrectly, dieting can also cause hair loss. Here are some tips on how to maintain beautiful hair with the right diet and nutritional balance.
Malnutrition is the enemy of hair!
The “eat only __” diet is often talked about in Japan. Although it is possible to lose weight in a short period of time because the calorie intake is reduced, eating only one food does not provide the body with the nutrients it needs. It also makes the body more prone to rebound and is bad for the hair.
The scalp is also a difficult area to nourish. The body delivers nutrients in order from the tissues necessary to sustain life (e.g., heart and internal organs). Therefore, the “skin” and “scalp” are delivered later. When the scalp does not receive nutrients, the hair matrix cells that produce hair also become malnourished, resulting in only thin, unhealthy hair.
How to maintain “beautiful hair” while dieting
Here are some points to keep in mind in your diet to maintain beautiful hair while on a diet.
Think of dietary balance on a weekly basis.
It is difficult to have a balanced diet of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and fats every day when you are living a busy life. It is easy to think in weekly units, such as “I ate too much yesterday, so I will eat less today,” or “Yesterday I ate too much meat, so today I will eat fish.
Never skip breakfast!
Breakfast is most important. Ideally, for weight loss, breakfast should be rich in nutrients and moderate in the evening. Lunch should also be nutritionally balanced and low in calories if you bring a packed lunch instead of relying on fast food that is high in calories.
Meat, fish “protein” absorption rate up, along with other foods!
95% of hair is made of a protein called keratin. Protein intake is important for hair. However, protein taken in the diet is useless if it is not absorbed into the body! When eating meat and fish, it is recommended to take them with foods that improve protein absorption.
Foods that contain “degrading enzymes” that improve protein absorption include papaya, pineapple, figs, kiwi fruit, melon (the above are raw fruits, not processed), ginger, and maitake mushrooms. Ginger is especially recommended for women because of its warming effect. As your body temperature rises, your basal metabolic rate also increases, allowing you to burn calories more effectively!
Forcing yourself to restrict your diet may make you feel “slimmer! but later you may worry that it will lead to poor physical condition, skin disorder, hair pain, and hair loss. Do not go on an excessive diet, but aim for a beautiful body shape and beautiful hair in a way that you can continue to follow every day.