You’re losing weight, but you’re also losing hair and friends. It’s time to dissect your diet and find out what you’re doing wrong.
The drain in your toilet is fast getting clogged with hair strands and you’d pull your hair out over it, except you’re afraid you don’t have enough to go around.
The reason for your accelerated hair loss is because you’ve cut out too many calories. “Dipping below 1,000 calories a day deprives your body of the energy and nutrients it needs to regenerate your hair cells,” says Cindy Moore, director of nutrition therapy at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio, US.
You should be enjoying your new confidence because of your new body. Instead, you’re constantly in a foul mood.
Diet problem: Not enough carbs.
A low-carbohydrate diet is to blame. Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that dramatically reducing your carb intake can seriously lower levels of serotonin, your body’s good-mood-boosting super-chemical.
Fix: Feed on more fibre.
Grab some fibre-rich wholegrains from foods like brown rice and wholewheat pasta, says study author Dr Judith Wurtman. These calm you by keeping blood sugar levels even.
You find that you can’t focus at work and you’re starting to have the concentration of a four-year old.
Diet problem: Skipping breakfast.
Your mistake is missing breakfast. Researchers at Bristol University found that people who didn’t bother kickstarting the day with some fuel had trouble focusing and fumbled tasks later on. “After a long night of not eating, you need to give your brain glucose to function,” says Moore.
Fix: Eat soon after you wake.
Try to grab breakfast within an hour of waking. Too rushed for oatmeal? “Make it easy,” says Moore. Some almonds and an apple pack all the food sugars and protein you need in the morning.