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Life style and diet changes for fatty liver

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To understand what to eat and what not to eat or what to do and what not to do when suffering from fatty liver disease it is very important. Fatty liver is a disease and a condition in which there is excess levels of fat being deposited on the liver in people who do not drink alcohol or drink very less. In this condition there is a high level of accumulation of triglycerides and other fats in the liver cells.

For someone suffering from fatty liver disease it is of paramount importance to give a lot of importance to diet and the lifestyle they lead.

Stop drinking alcohol

Even if an individual drinks very less alcohol, it is advisable that he stops drinking completely. Alcohol is primarily broken down in the liver and converted into various chemicals. On breakdown, alcohol promotes fatty liver and causes liver damage.

Stop smoking

While alcohol is generally considered bad for fatty liver disease, a lesser know devil is smoking. It is considered that passive smoking and heavy active smoking often contributes to fatty liver. Smoking is believed to reduce the oxidation power of the liver and is known to worsen a liver injury.

No to fast food

Fast food is known to be the biggest reason behind fatty liver and a person suffering from the disease should desist from having any form of fast food. Fast food often considers trans fat which is both very unhealthy for the liver and heart. Fast food has very high calorific content that the liver and gastrointestinal tract cannot effectively break down. The excess fat and sugar then tend to get stored in the liver causing it to become fat. For someone suffering from fatty liver disease diet of chips, burgers, fries, sodas should be a strict no.


Cut down on cholesterol

Everyone has some amount of cholesterol but elevated levels can damage the liver. Food with high cholesterol should be avoided. Generally all packed food comes with label indicating the amount of cholesterol present. It is advisable to keep this count as low as possible. Research has shown that accumulation of cholesterol affects the anti oxidation power of the liver. Foods which are known to have high cholesterol and hence avoided include egg yolk, caviar, liver, butter, shrimp, cheese and processed meat. 

Cooking oil

Oil used for cooking is very important when it comes to a good diet for fatty liver. The oil considered best for the disease is olive oil. It is believed that consumption of olive oil reduces the levels of triglyceride (TG) in the liver and increases the oxidation process.

Avoid chocolates and cakes

Chocolates and cakes are high in sugar and their consumption affects the liver. When suffering from fatty liver disease the liver will convert the excess sugar in chocolates and cakes into fat and store it. Therefore, it is advisable to cut down on the intake of chocolates, cakes and anything sweet. 

Go green

Green, leafy vegetables along with fruits are good for the liver. Black beans, zucchini, mushrooms, broccoli, tomatoes are all good for the liver as it contains essential supplements, antioxidants, enzymes, minerals, and vitamins.

Exercise and jog

Exercise and jogging, although not related to diet, is very beneficial. A good workout tends to burn up the excess fat and helps the liver in its metabolism. Jogging and exercise is very important for people who are obese and have fatty liver disease.

Lastly anyone suffering from fatty liver disease should curb the intake of white bread, most ready-to-eat breakfast cereals, pizza, white rice and carbonated drinks to help the liver regain its normal shape.


Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: September 02, 2013