Hair loss following weight loss surgery is common and usually due to the physiological stress resulting from shifting nutrients towards vital organs and away from the more cosmetic organs such as hair growth. It results from:
- rapid weight loss
- not eating enough protein or total calories
- low iron, zinc or biotin intake
- extended use of meal replacement shakes
To remedy this, take your multivitamin and mineral supplement. Eat foods high in protein at least 2 meals per day. High protein foods are often also high in iron and zinc, but not always. Aim for 60-80mg protein per day and the same of carbohydrate. If your iron stores are low, you may need an iron supplement. Oysters are the richest food source of zinc. 4 weeks after surgery limit meal replacement shakes and bars to 1 per day.