Fatty Liver Diet Information for NAFLD Patients


NAFLD, or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, is a condition where excess fat is stored in the liver. In its initial phase, this condition does not pose any harm to a person, and is completely reversible.

If you have been diagnosed with this condition and no accompanying scarring or inflammation has been found in your liver, your best option is to change your diet, and exercise more regularly.

Exercise and dieting is the best-known treatment for NAFLD, and it is one treatment that doesn’t have the side effects brought about by drugs. Here are some guidelines for changing your diet and general lifestyle to address your NAFLD:

1. It is the small changes in your lifestyle and diet that bring about big changes in the long term. Start small, and don’t force yourself to transform overnight, bearing in mind that most of us have had lifelong eating habits that will not be easy to change. There will be relapses, and there will be times when you completely abandon your goal of eating healthily. As long as you are motivated to accomplish your goals, you will be able to change how you eat.

2. Seek the help of a dietitian if you want a formal meal plan to go with your weight loss efforts. Speaking to a dietitian is actually an excellent way to jump-start your weight loss. Weight loss equaling to 10% of your current body weight is often enough to reverse simple fatty liver disease, so having a balanced and nutritious diet is a must. Even professional trainers will attest to the fact that weight loss is 80% diet and only 20% exercise. The exercise has a crucial role, but the impact of diet can be far greater. And the reason? There is a common scenario where individuals like you and me tend to consume more calories than are actually required or being burned. So, if I exercise and burn off 500 calories and I eat a snack that gives 500 calories of energy or more, the impact of exercise is dampened. One’s diet should change alongside the daily fitness plan to get good results.

3. Avoid commercial diet plans if you can. Many of the diet plans available on the market today promise fast weight loss, often through extreme changes in caloric intake. The weight loss might occur, but that does not mean that your liver will recover! In fact, one of the major causes of fatty liver disease is accelerated weight loss. If the body does not have the chance to reconfigure itself prior to the weight loss, more fat is ported directly to the liver! This will result in more fat being stored in the organ, and you will be back to square one. The weight may have come off, but the fat in your liver will still be there. The ideal weight loss that doctors recommend is one pound of weight lost per week. That is the ideal case but if you lose two pounds a week, it is
still acceptable as long as you are eating well.