U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 21-year-old male asked:

What happens to your body if you are consantly dieting on a low calorie and low carb diet, can you gain body fat easier in the long run?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Warren Everett
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: Insulin is a growth hormone for fat cells. if you eat a diet that requires little insulin (low carb) you don't grow fat. It is the sugar that makes you fat not the fat you eat.
Dr. Jalal Zuberi
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Probably, slowly: Depending upon how restrictive is your diet, and how much fat you have lost, you can certainly expect some gain when resuming a more balanced diet. How soon you gain lost fat, would depend on different factors like your absorption or other GI health issues.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Apr 26, 2015


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.