I will try to give you information that may be of help
There is about 5% fat inside a healthy liver. However,
when the fat starts to build up in the liver, it can
damage the liver cells. When the liver cells become
damaged, the immune system of the body will respond
to this and can cause inflammation to develop inside
the liver, also. This is then, no longer Simple fatty
liver, it is known as Steatohepatitis.
There are different things that can cause fat build
up inside the liver...though, this is not a completed
list as they are finding more and more that could
cause it in the medical research:
alcohol consumption, certain kinds of medication
(like steriods), diabetes, insulin resistance,
weight gain, fast weight loss, malnourishment,
metabolic disorders, some diseases make it
more susceptible to develop it...like Hepatitis C,
If the cause is found and if it can be stopped,
then the liver may heal. If not, it can proceed
to a irreversible disease known as Cirrhosis of
The doctor should inform you of the cause of your
condition. If he feel you need to go on a diet,
it would be best to refer you to a dietitian.
They will be sure that the diet you go on is the
best one for your body. They will want to keep
your energy level up so you don't feel weak.
They will also be sure your body gets all the
nutrition from the food you eat: including
proteins, fats, carb, glucose, vitamin, mineral,
etc. Or the doctor may have pamphlets giving
you a true idea what to consume.
Until you are able to talk to your doctor about
this and you are trying to lose weight, here is
a simple guideline to follow:
What is best to consume:
1.fresh fruits and vegetables or frozen ones
(try to avoid canned, since they are higher in sodium)
2. lean cuts of meat, fish (no shellfish), and remove
the skin from all poultry
3. cereals lower in sugar: like shredded wheat
biscuits, honey bunches of oats, cream of wheat,
4. Skim, 1%, 2% milk instead of whole milk
Lower fat cheese
5. Use good oils sparingly...like canola, olive oil
6. Try to avoid high preservative, prepackaged,
and fast foods. Avoid open salad/food bars
where people can accidentally cough or sneeze
into them. (don't want to become sick and need
to take more medication or it will weaken your
7. Avoid drinks with alot of sugar: soda pop,
orange juice, fruit juice (you will see on the label
that these can contain as much as 30 grams of
sugar per serving.) It is best to eat fruit
naturally then have all this added sugar.
Male patients who have liver disease can develop
gynocomastia if they are further advanced in this
disease. You will need to discuss this with your
doctor to see if this is from weight gain or liver
Damage to the liver cells can occur in other ways
than a fatty liver. Some of them can be prevented,
but it is good to look at the list below...it can tell
you what you can or should avoid:
alcohol consumption, medication toxification,
chemical exposure, mushroom poisoning,
auto immune disease, hereditary/metabolic
disorders, viral or parasite infections,
cardiac/vascular problems, cyst/growth/tumors/cancer,
and there are others.
Don't get discourage. It takes time to lose the weight.
Take it one day at a time and do the best you can.
Make sure you get enough exercise, but it is just as
important to get enough sleep, also. It might be
good to ask the doctor to check your thyroid.
People who have thyroid hormone levels that
are too low, have a slow metabolism from it.
If you need replacement hormone because the
thyroid is not providing it...once it is replaced,
it will help you lose the weight more easily.
This is just a suggestion.
I hope this has been of some help to you.
caregiver to a liver transplant patient