Fatty Liver is a condition that is not uncommon in today’s society. It’s almost a guarantee that you will have it IF you are the average American eating and doing the things the average American does.
Recently, I was asked about the keto diet and how it would affect someone with fatty liver, and could it potentially causes problems consuming hither fat when the liver already has too much fat in it. Here are my thoughts…
UNDERSTANDING FATTY LIVER
Fatty liver occurs when excess triglycerides (trigs) begin to infiltrate the liver spaces. Instead of the liver packaging these trigs and removing them from the system, which is one of the many jobs of the liver, the body begins to store them inside the liver tissue. The more fat is deposited inside the liver, the more “fatty” the liver becomes. Depending on the reason this is depositing, the conditions within the body, and other factors that occurring this fatty tissue can either remain as fatty tissue or it can begin to destroy the liver and become a worse condition.
WHAT CAUSES FATTY LIVER?
There are a lot of factors that contribute to the amount of fat that is deposited into the liver. The largest factors are the amount of carbohydrates / sugars that you eat and the amount of alcohol that you drink. So…. DIET. In the next blog post, I will go more into the causes of fatty liver.
HIGH FAT DIET: HURT OR HELP?
The idea behind the high fat/low carb diets is that you want to “deprive” the body of its primary energy source (glucose/sugar) and force it to start to use its secondary and tertiary energy forms (fat/ketones). This can be done with fasting, very low calorie diets, and low carb diets. The idea is that once you no longer give the body carbs/sugar it can begin to use up some of the fat that is stored along with the fat that you eat. The less glucose present, the more efficient you get at burning fat.
When you eat fat, especially if you are eating a better quality fat (nutrient dense, less processed), you are not just getting calories, but you’re getting many of the nutrients that your body needs to function. This will include antioxidants, fat soluble vitamins, plant nutrients (if you’re eating more plant based), etc.
Believe it or not, even if the calories that you consume are similar to what you were eating before, you can still have a similar affect and begin to lose weight, clear the fatty liver, etc.
WHAT ABOUT MY GALLBLADDER?
If you have had your gallbladder removed or you have issues with gallstones, pain in the area, etc when you eat fat, then you can take it slow. Begin to eat a more plant based diet with some fatty foods. See how you feel. Begin to increase the amount of fat you take in over time as you know that your body can handle it.
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