Do YOU gain weight on low calorie diets? Diane Kress, for DiabeTV, explains why:


The link to DiabeTV, November, 2014:

METABOLISM A OR B? THE FAILURE OF CALORIES:  Gaining weight on your low calorie diet?  Diane Kress, reporting for DiabeTV,  explains why:

 The article:

Got Met B?   Gain Weight on a Low Calorie Diet!

For millions of people; skipping breakfast, fasting, having gaps of more than 5 hours without eating, skipping a bedtime snack can actually cause weight gain.

People with Met B cannot succeed losing weight by decreasing calories and increasing activity. This is why well -known weight loss programs fail to work in the long term and weight is quickly regained for the majority of dieters.

Calories in/Calories out only works for those with Met A
The “calories in/calories out” concept applies to about 40% of people. If these folks decrease calories and increase activity, they will lose weight. If they decrease their fat intake, they can reduce their cholesterol. No matter how much carbohydrate they consume, they cannot develop type 2 diabetes. Something as simple as eliminating regular soda and night snacking is all that many need to lose a few extra pounds.

Metabolism A is NOT the Norm
Be assured: THIS is not the norm. Most people with weight issues have the alternate metabolism (Metabolism B). Met B is progressive and rooted in increasing levels of the fat gain hormone; insulin.
Those with Metabolism A do not have a problem with insulin imbalance. When they eat carbohydrates, blood glucose rises, the pancreas releases the right amount of insulin, and carbohydrates are processed normally. If they over eat calorically, they gain weight; calories in/calories out applies to them. If they cut their calorie intake back, they will lose weight.

Gaining Weight on a Low Calorie Diet?

Those with Metabolism B are born with the genetic predisposition to over-release insulin based on even a normal rise in blood sugar; they “over” process blood glucose resulting in a higher percentage of fat on their body, in their blood (cholesterol and triglycerides) and even in their liver.
If people with Metabolism B follow a low calorie diet (low in fat and higher in carbohydrates) they will gain fat, increase cholesterol and triglycerides, increase blood pressure and blood glucose, decrease Vitamin D levels, and experience fatigue, listlessness, irritability, and crave more carbohydrate foods. Over time, their medication needs will increase and they will gradually develop more health conditions. High insulin levels are not normal and they are the root of many health conditions and illnesses (see Part 1)

The Story of the Bagel Bomb
The best way to understand the very different processing of carbohydrate foods can be seen in the very different way those with Met A and Met B process a bagel (I could have chosen lentils, fruit, pizza, brown/white pasta or rice, or any carbohydrate food)

Metabolism A and the Bagel

  1. A person with Met A eats a bagel
    The bagel converts to blood glucose
    3. Blood glucose rises
    4. The pancreas releases the correct amount of insulin to open the correct number of muscle, liver, and fat cells enabling glucose from the bagel to leave the blood stream and enter these cells. First, muscle and liver cells are refilled with glucose (to be stored as glycogen), and any remainder of glucose from the bagel is ushered into fat cells for storage.
    5. The blood glucose of the Metabolism A person returns to normal
    6. Four to five hours later, the Met A person begins to feel hungry…all is normal the body of the person with Met A .

Metabolism B and the Bagel BOMB

  1. A person with Metabolism B eats a bagel
    The bagel converts to blood glucose
    3. Blood glucose rises
    4. The pancreas overreacts and releases excess insulin. When the liver and muscles are filled with (stored as glycogen), the excess insulin opens excess fat cells.
    5. When excess blood glucose enters the excess number of fat cells, too many fat cells are filled with circulating glucose. This leaves glucose in the blood LOWER than normal.
    6. In short order…usually about 2 hours after eating the bagel, the person with Metabolism B experiences lower than normal blood sugar , strong carbohydrate cravings, irritability, fatigue, brain fog…and begins searching for something (carbohydrate) to eat.
    7. If they choose to eat something (let’s say they grab a snack), blood glucose rises and they temporarily feel better. But…just like with the bagel, excess insulin opens excess fat cells causing the person to get “fatter” on the body and in the blood. Blood sugar drops again and 2 hours after that snack, they are once again looking for something to eat.
    8. To the casual observer (like a person with Metabolism A ), it appears that this person has no will- power, is “always feeding her face”, can’t control herself, is always tired, lazy, unmotivated, crabby, and getting fat around the middle.
    The truth is, the person with Metabolism B is in turmoil. Gradually, over a period of time, the health issues listed in Part 1 begin to progress.

So, what happens when a person with Met B follows a low calorie diet?

Megan is prescribed a 1400 calorie, low fat diet. She dutifully chooses egg whites, a whole grain Lite English Muffin (dry), and a cup of assorted fresh fruit (fresh melon, blueberries, and other healthy, high antioxidant containing fruit). This is a cholesterol free, fat free, low calorie breakfast.

But Megan unknowingly has Metabolism B!
The carbohydrates (whole grain Lite English muffin and fruit) will turn to blood glucose
The pancreas will over release the fat gain hormone insulin
Excess insulin will over-open fat cells
Excess blood glucose will enter fat cells
Circulating blood sugar drops lower than normal
About 2 hours later, Megan is famished as he/she is dealing with a lower than normal blood sugar level.
If she chooses not to eat (after-all, she’s counting calories)…her liver will step up to the plate and release glycogen stores.
Blood sugar will rise from the liver release
Excess fat cells are opened and fed
Megan gets fatter
Her low blood sugar causes more hunger
She ignores her hunger (counting calories)
The liver releases again….and…. you get the picture.
As soon as she eats her cup of lentil soup for lunch (fat free and on her diet)…..the carb changes to blood sugar and her pancreas once again over releases insulin..
Megan is damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t.
If she doesn’t eat, her liver will self-feed by releasing glucose.
When these patients tell you they are following their “diet” and you don’t believe them because their weight isn’t moving…think again.

The Low Calorie Diet is Failing the Dieter


Love Diane Kress’ work?  Here are links to her books and support site!

 The Metabolism Miracle:

The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook:

The Metabolism Miracle Update:  (Brand new!)

The Diabetes Miracle:

The Interactive Support Group for Followers of The Metabolism Miracle and The Diabetes Miracle:






About Diane Kress

Author of The New York Times Bestseller; The Metabolism Miracle, The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook, and The Diabetes Miracle. and The Metabolism Miracle, Revised Edition. Owner, developer, and administrator of The Metabolism Miracle's support site: Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, Email:
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