Aug 222012
 

Fatty-Liver-Diet-Guide

If you are like me, your prognosis of fatty liver disease might have come out of the blue. Sure, I was a bit overweight and not quite eating enough of the right foods. I was feeling tired a lot, but heck, I wasn’t exactly in my twenties.

So when my doctor told me I have NAFLD (Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease), I had to wonder if my time was up.

Fortunately, that’s not the case at all. Doing an Internet search brought me to The Fatty Liver Diet Guide. It is rich in information that can help you reverse this disease.

Written by a nurse specializing in the hepatology (liver) field named Dorothy Spencer, this book is the product of years of her active medical research and hospital work.

I found out that millions of people around the world suffer from Fatty Liver Disease. In fact, studies estimate that nearly a third of the entire U.S. adult population has it, and most don’t know it. That’s because there’s almost no symptoms. Most cases, thankfully, won’t turn serious.

This disease is an equal opportunity condition, affecting people of both genders, all nationalities and ages.
There are two kinds of fatty Liver disease, and each has it’s own worsening variations:

  1. Alcoholic Liver Disease, or ALD
  2. Non-alcoholic Liver Disease, or NAFLD

It is estimated that approximately 15 million people in the United States abuse alcohol and of that number, almost every one of them will develop the first type of fatty liver disease.

The second type of fatty liver disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, is the most prevalent cause of chronic liver disease in America today. This is what I had.

You are considered to have Fatty Liver Disease if your liver is made up of more than 5-10% fat. In many cases, the disease is silent and sufferers may not even realize they have it. But for many others, it accounts for a wide range of undesirable symptoms.

NASH – A Worse Form of The Disease

It is important to know that there is a progression to a worsening condition of fatty liver disease, called NASH, for Non Alcoholic Steatohepatisis, This occurs in non-drinkers and leads to cirrhosis of the liver. This type can and sometimes does eventually cause permanent damage to the liver.

Over time, the liver enlarges and the healthy cells are replaced with scar tissue (cirrhosis), which may lead to liver cancer, liver failure or other serious complications.

Obviously, fatty liver disease can grow into a serious condition!

Sadly, with our sedentary lifestyle and bad eating habits, all these types of fatty liver disease are becoming increasingly common.

Do you have fatty liver disease? The big problem is, you may not even know you have it!

What are the Symptoms of Fatty Liver Disease?

You might have fatty liver disease if you have any or all of these symptoms:

  • Feeling tired
  • Losing weight or losing your appetite
  • feeling weak
  • Nausea
  • Feeling confused or having trouble concentrating

In addition, people who suffer from fatty liver disease may also have these symptoms:

  • Pain focused in the center or right upper part of the abdomen
  • Enlarged liver
  • Patches of dark skin discoloration, most often on the neck or underarm area

Sometimes a person with fatty liver disease may be able to diagnose it themselves if the symptoms are evident enough, but in most cases it may be picked up in routine lab tests.

People with fatty liver disease will have elevated liver enzymes, but there is no way to know the progression of the disease except through a painful liver biopsy.

Your doctor will likely say “you have evidence” of this condition.

As you can see above, though, all symptoms are very general. Most of us often feel tired. Often, there is no pain. Nausea, feeling weak, and loss of appetite can be caused by many things. Only by going to a doctor for tests can you pinpoint the cause.

The Fatty Liver Guide

liver loveBefore I bought it, I saw that The Fatty Liver Diet Guide has been hailed by suffers as the ultimate go-to reference for help in treating or eliminating Fatty Liver Disease. It was either this guide or following a multitude of pamphlets my doctor gave me, which is basically “eat healthy and lose weight” (I bet we all heard this one before!)

I needed something more precise. A detailed roadmap to follow. For half the price of a visit to the doctor, I got it (and it has a money back guarantee).

The guide lays out a concise explanation of what exactly causes Fatty Liver Disease, as well as who is most at risk in developing it. This could be a handy thing to know in order to do a little preventive maintenance and avoid getting it. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

For those who already suffer from Fatty Liver Disease, you will find a treasure trove of helpful information inside the guide – everything from eating the right diet to lifestyle changes and various techniques to reverse and manage the condition.

It isn’t a complicated guide that requires someone with a PhD to read and understand. Instead, it lays out a simple, easy to understand and follow process that can help you get back on track to a healthy life. There is a couple technical terms, but these are words you’ll likely here from your doctor, so it’s best to memorize them.

A couple points, though:

Does the Fatty Liver Diet Guide make pie-in-the-sky promises that you can manage or reverse the condition with no effort on your part?

No.

Does the Fatty Liver Diet Guide claim to be a “miracle” that will restore your liver to optimal health simply by reading it?

No.

It does require an effort on your part and a sincere commitment to make the diet and lifestyle changes suggested in the guide. But, one bonus is that the process is customizable to you and your lifestyle; meaning that you can follow it in an individualized way that will still deliver healthy results.

What’s In the Guide?

The book begins by talking about the liver – what it is and what it does. You can skip this section, but it’s good to know what’s up with your liver and why you need to change your lifestyle habits. By the way, it’s good for both types of the disease – alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

Dorothy then explains how the liver processes the fat in your body. This should answer your questions on why your liver gets fatty in the first place.

The next section discusses the disease itself … and the reasons why you have the disease. She also discusses the symptoms, and how doctors can determine if you have a fatty liver. Except for an actual liver biopsy, doctors can only guess at the stage of the condition based on certain signs in a blood test.

You shouldn’t need a liver biopsy (which is painful and invasive anyway – a surgeon has to actually remove a piece of your liver) – for most patients, the possibility of having the disease is enough to begin treatment.

The Treatment of Fatty Liver Disease

A liver-friendly, low fat and delicious meal

A liver-friendly, low fat and delicious meal

There is no magic pill to treat this disease. My doctor said “diet and exercise.”

When I bought this book, I wanted to know a plan of action – and fortunately, the guide delivers this. Not quite a step-by-step plan, this does lay out what you need to do, and then gives you a plan.

Step 1: Vitamins and Mineral supplements to begin taking

This is to help heal the liver. Also, what vitamins and minerals to avoid. What I didn’t realize is that an excess of certain vitamins can make my condition worse!

Step 2: Developing a meal plan

Dorothy goes through a comprehensive list of what foods to take, what to eat in moderation, and what to avoid. She then provides you with sample meal plans for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as snacks. She has created for you a seven-day meal plan that maximizes the antioxidant properties of the food you will eat to help heal your liver.

While alcohol must, of course, be completely removed for patients with alcoholic fatty liver disease, whose with the non-alcoholic version must still limit themselves. Thankfully, I’m a red wine drinker, but I cut out all alcohol anyway, and only drink one glass on the weekend.

For those with the alcoholic version of the disease: you MUST stop all drinking now. Forever! I read in a forum about someone’s sister who had this disease, and stopped drinking. Her liver then went back to normal. But then she had a beer here, and a beer there. A year later, she died of liver failure, at the age of 37. What a horrible thing to read!

Step 3: Exercise plan

You MUST begin exercising. Even if it’s just a daily walk, you have to begin doing more to help lose excess weight. However, she warns not to lose weight too fast – this will put your body into starvation mode, which actually worsens your condition.

Alternative Treatments

  • The book then goes into alternative medicine and treatments, such as:
  • Directions and a recipe for a liver flush, using epsom salts
  • herbal supplements such as milk thistle and vitamins

The final third of the book continues with your lifestyle roadmap – tips on exercising, and loads of low-fat and delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

Some Disappointments …

Don’t think this book is a magic bullet, full of “secrets” and formulas to deliver instant results. It doesn’t, nor did I expect it to. (And I hate those books with the words “secrets” and “miracles” anyway … they sound so scammy.)

However, there are a few shortcomings you should know of before trying this book:

It could be organized a bit better

Though it’s not bad, I was expecting a clearer guide – instead, it is similar to to “get fit and eat better” – however, it does go into detail of what you need to do, and does give a weekly menu plan.

No exact step-by-step roadmap

I was hoping for something along the lines of “Okay, in six weeks, you will be cured. This is exactly what you need to do …

Instead, the guide gives exercise advice, food and supplement choices, and a large list of recipes. I did follow it, and soon understood why there is no “6 Week Plan.” That’s because everybody who reads this book will be at different stages of the disease. So, for some, it’ll take six weeks of disciplined lifestyle changes to reverse their condition, for others it’ll take six months.

Plus, it’s not like after six weeks you can go back to your bad habits. This is a lifelong change, as your liver is susceptible to new damage if you decide to go back to sitting on the couch every day and go back to a high-fat diet. An occasional greasy meal is probably fine … but not every day.

As with anything else, talk to your doctor, who has a much better idea on your prognosis.

No worksheets or timetables

I was also hoping to have some worksheets and timetables to help me track my progress. I ended up drawing up some myself, though I did print out and pinned up the seven-day meal plan on my fridge. That plan really did help.

So, Is This Guide Right For You?

I would definitely say yes. It’s comprehensive and it gives valuable strategies to help reclaim your health and wellness.

It will teach you how to avoid the foods that are unhealthy for your liver, which foods and supplements you should take to help reverse fatty liver disease, and what lifestyle changes you need to take to get back to health.

Of course, if you aren’t satisfied with the results you’re getting from following the recommendations, you won’t be out a cent because it comes with a 100% money back guarantee. No questions asked, no hassle, no risk.

P.S. Let me know how it works out for you. Luckily, my condition wasn’t too bad, and in three months my doctor gave me a clean bill of health. But I have never gone back to my old eating habits, and I always go for an hour long walk everyday.

 Posted by at 4:42 pm

  22 Responses to “The Fatty Liver Diet Guide – Does it Work? A Personal Review”

  1. I hope all information you provide works

    • It certainly worked for me, but everybody is different. The guide is for those with no other major health issues – you may need a different diet and exercise plan if you have other health complications. Always talk to your doctor, first.

    • I bought the book,and paid for it,tried emailing them so many time,to make them aware they took my money of my Visa card,but never sent me my book,l have asked for my money back,but they never reply to me,so l lost my money and didn’t receive my book,and l really needed it,so please beware,l am sorry to say,l feel very disheartening ,

  2. I think this information helps

  3. Thank you so much. Your information guides me well.

  4. Where I can find this diet book?

  5. Hello, my name is alex.
    just over a couple days ago, my doctor
    who which my parents take me to told me i have a fatty liver. I weigh around 330 pounds, and well i have no money given that i am 16 of age. My doctor notified me that my liver has 40% of fat, the doctor said that it, well… it would be hard, really hard for me to reverse it. To me i figure i have no chance at living, zero. my friends and family tell me not to give up on hope, yet ive read alot about this disease, and well doctors usually recommend a transplant at 30% of fat. I really need a information on health, it is really important to me, i have no money to buy special books, or time to search all over the web, since well my liver is at a point were its almost scarring up. I am very terrified, and frightened of what might come, and well this, this is the first time that i’ve never been so scared, right now i stopped drinking sodas, burgers, candy, and i now drink water, Orange juice, all sorts of things my mother is giving me, but to me i feel as if this is not helping…
    please, any information would help, any… because now my liver is at a point that i feel random things happening like tingling feelings by my right side, and i feel heavier on my right side, and well i am also sick, so i caugh, but when i do, i hear a bump by my lower right, it doesn’t feel normal, and well i do not no what to do… and well thankyou if you respond, i havent reached out alot to other people on the web seeking help, but your blog, website seems to give me a little hope, thankyou -Alex

    • Don’t give up hope, Alex! The liver does have a remarkable ability to heal itself! I do have a step-by-step guide on this website that gives you the basics – the manual I recommend (and which helped me) mainly goes into more detail and gives a lot of recipes. The main gist of recovery is exercise and diet. Try milk thistle as well. As much as your tempted to, don’t lose weight too fast, as this actually overloads your liver. It will be a delicate balancing act. Find out if there are medical health centers in your area, where a professional can tailor a health regime with you.

      • I hope Alex is OK. I was worried about his physical and mental health when he wrote his comment. 16 is very young to try and deal with the difficulties and seriousness of NAFLD. I’m a 47 yr old married mother of 4 and my diagnosis has scared the heck out of me! But I’ve instantly made changes. Increased my veggie intake by at least 4x, decreased red meat. No sugar, no bread, no cheese, no butter, no oil, no alcohol, no coffee and nothing processed/refined.

        I now have to increase my water (we’ve just hit cold weather which makes it harder) and get exercising. A long road ahead but hopefully I’ll make it.

        • I agree. Minors need the help of adults not only for their medical care but to support them and to let them (the child) know they’re not alone and that there’s help out there. Glad to hear of your own changes and better health!

    • Alex don’t give up, you are young and the Liver is the one organ that recuperates, I stay away from juices, eat the fresh fruit in season instead, stay away from sodas, and processed foods. Nothing canned or packaged. Eat lots of vegetables, and fruits. I only have olive oil, for drinks you can have teas, coffee or water. For breakfast I have oatmeal, or eggs. I eat corn tortillas or a little whole wheat bread. I joined myfitnesspal.com to keep track of my calories and it is helping keeping me on track. I measure my protein, keeping it the same size of my palm or a deck of cards for my steaks, fish or chicken. I do eat beans, and small portion of nuts…..good luck to you! Loose the weight slowly and start walking every day or find a fun exercise!

  6. Hiya I’ve just been diagnosed with fatty liver and am so scared at the minute I don’t really understand wat it is but I want more information on this diagnosis? Please and I’m not a alcoholic I just now and again but I do drink a lot wen I do out could this be the cause of it? X

    • It could be the cause, but there could be other factors. Your doctor will know more and help you with a special diet to help heal your liver. Best of health!

  7. I would like to purchase the book for the recipes in it. But reading the info, made it sound like it was geared for people who don’t way 95 lbs. I haven’t been able to gain any weight. And had to quit working the end of may 2015. Would it still be worth it to purchase this book. I swear I could get fat on Jenny Craig diet. I can’t afford 3 meals a day now that I’m not working. I am however craving fruit and have little desire to eat meat. OK that’s all I have to say about that.

    • I am sorry for your difficult situation. You may want to start with the free starter guide to see if the information is along the lines of what you’re looking for. If you do decide to purchase the book, do know that there is a 100% money-back guarantee. But start with the free book and if you feel it’s along the lines of what you need as far as liver health, you can go from there. Wishing you well with your work situation.

  8. Hi Greg,
    While I was doing a routine MRI to check an old spot on my pancreas, the radiology report came back with a side comment that stated that I have a mild steatohepatitic condition. My doctor told me that I have a fatty liver. He told me to lose weight, watch my carbs, exercise and find a dietician.
    I am 55 years old, about 15 lbs. overweight and lead a fairly sedentary lifestyle. I have already signed myself to a Zumba class and I have started walking everywhere I can. I would also be very interested in reading the guide and modifying my diet, but I am a vegetarian and am wondering if the guide has plans and recipes geared to vegetarians? Typically I find that diets are geared to meat eaters and not to vegetarians, except for saying that we follow their recipes for salads and steamed veggies!
    Can you comment on this?
    Thanks for your input.

    • The guide does not have a special section for vegetarians, but the plan relies heavily on vegetables and some fruits. It is easily workable for a vegetarian lifestyle. Also, I am assuming you can eat eggs (as you said you are a vegetarian and not a vegan). Besides beans and other high-protein veggie sources, eggs are a GREAT source of protein and also of choline – which is an amazing element for liver health. So eat your eggs! Congratulations on your decision to take your health into your own hands – it sounds like you’ve developed a solid, workable plan.

  9. I am looking for the hard back book please send a phone number so I can order the book.

    • There is no hard copy, as it’s designed to be downloaded immediately as a PDF. From there, you can simply print it out and place in a binder, as I myself did.

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