Implementing the right fatty liver diet plan early on can help you enjoy many more years of symptom free living. Although fatty liver disease (FLD) is often an asymptomatic disease in its early stages, it shouldn’t be taken lightly.
FLD can be a deadly killer when simple steatosis goes unchecked and worsens to become non alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), cirrhosis, liver cancer, or complete liver failure. Diet and exercise will be your best allies against this potentially deadly condition.
Fatty liver is closely tied to obesity and if you suffer from FLD, chances are you also struggle to maintain a healthy weight. Perhaps you just need to shed a few pounds or maybe you need to lose hundreds. Regardless, watching your weight and working on a gradual reduction of 1-2lbs per week will go a long way toward reducing fat in your liver.
In her ebook, “Fatty Liver Diet Guide”, veteran liver nurse, Dorothy Spencer states, “Since losing weight is the primary concern in treating fatty liver, following a 1200 calorie diet is an excellent way to shed excess body fat.” Slow, gradual weight loss is recommended over drastic weight loss measures such as gastric bypass surgery. This prevents the body from going into starvation mode (from the sudden loss of fat) and producing fatty acids that can further congest the liver.
Following Dorothy Spencer’s recommendations, a 1200 calorie diet should be comprised of the following:
6 ounces of protein from lean meats and vegetables
5 servings from a starch source such as potatoes or whole-grain bread
4 or more servings of vegetables
3 servings of fresh fruit (citrus fruits are particularly good as they are rich in vitamin C which is gaining popularity as a fatty liver treatment)
3 servings of fat (unsaturated fats are favored over saturated fats, but all fat should be consumed sparingly)
2 servings of low-fat dairy such as cottage cheese or skim milk
If you don’t want FLD to worsen, it’s important to get started early eating the right foods that help in reducing fatty liver problems. Prevention is the only “cure”. Alcohol consumption should be avoided since ethanol blocks the oxidation of fatty acids in the liver and limits the release of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) which are responsible for moving fatty acids out of the liver.