There are many lifestyle changes that can help reduce the effects of fatty liver disease including diet changes, weight loss, limiting alcohol consumption, exercising, getting regular sleep, and adding supplements.
Fatty liver disease can come with some serious repercussions if not addressed including heart problems, kidney disease, and diabetes. By changing your lifestyle, you can help prevent fatty liver disease from consuming your life.
In this article, I will tell you how effective lifestyle changes can be in fighting fatty liver disease, whether or not they can reverse fatty liver disease, the fastest way to cure fatty liver, and what happens if you don’t change your lifestyle.
These are all things that I did in order to reverse my fatty liver and even though I have more in-depth articles for each (I will provide links to them), I think that a shorter article like this will help you better understand the big picture.
Additionally, I will cover what vitamins you should take to heal a fatty liver and how long it takes for all these changes you make to take effect.
Can Lifestyle Changes Reverse Fatty Liver?
Fatty liver disease can be reversed – I did it and many people I know have managed to reverse it. Currently, there are no medications to cure fatty liver disease, so making a lifestyle change is the only possible way to reverse the condition.
The most important lifestyle change that can help reverse fatty liver disease is diet. Studies have shown that following a Mediterranean diet that is high in healthy fats, fruits, and vegetables. Also, consuming two cups of regular black coffee per day can significantly affect and even reverse fatty liver.
Regular exercise is the next most important lifestyle change that will help reduce the fat on your liver.
Most of the people that get diagnosed with a fatty liver (especially NAFLD – non-alcoholic fatty liver disease) do so because they are overweight and have an unhealthy way of eating.
Therefore, getting a regular exercise routine in place to lose weight will help melt the fat from your liver. You don’t have to become a gym nut in order to do it, but at least some exercise will do wonders – the more, the better!
What Lifestyle Changes Will Reduce Fatty Liver?
It’s actually a combination of life lifestyle changes that are required for you to reverse or at least reduce your fatty liver.
As mentioned before, the biggest and most important one is your diet. You need to cut out all or most saturated fats such as those found in poultry, red meat, yogurt, cheese, fried foods, baked goods… the list goes on.
Instead, replace those foods with vegetables, fruits, nuts, lean meat and the healthy fats found in fish and olive oil.
Getting regular exercise can help burn the excess fat from your liver, especially if you focus on cardio practices such as walking, running, or swimming. Along with exercise, you need regular sleep.
If your circadian rhythm is not established because of a late night social life, odd work shifts, or sleeping disorder such as sleep apnea, you need to address these issues and prioritize a regular sleeping schedule.
Adding vitamins and other supplements can also help boost your liver’s ability to fight fatty liver disease and promote optimal health for your body to reduce the effects of fatty liver disease.
I personally believe that supplements (like milk thistle or anything else) are not mandatory and you can reverse your fatty liver without them, but they could help even a little bit. So as long as they do no harm, why not try them?
What Is the Fastest Way to Cure a Fatty Liver?
The fastest way to cure fatty liver disease is by losing weight. With the help of regular exercise and eating the right foods, you can start shedding pounds that can lead to an effective cure for fatty liver disease.
Studies have shown that losing just 10% of your total body weight can increase the effectiveness of your liver function.
Inflammation from excess fat essentially disappears as the fat melts away and the enzymes in the liver can work more efficiently.
Doctors agree that patients who are considered overweight or obese are more at risk of the serious effects of fatty liver disease. By losing weight, these patients can drastically reduce their condition in a short amount of time.
The most difficult part is maintaining the motivation and encouragement to keep going.
If you are dedicated to curing your fatty liver fast, hire a personal trainer or coach to keep you accountable for your diet choices and exercise habits.
I haven’t and still managed to do it. Read my tips on beating dieting fatigue and staying on track to reverse NAFLD.
What Happens If You Don’t Change Your Lifestyle After Fatty Liver Diagnosis?
As of today, the only way to reverse fatty liver disease is through a major lifestyle change whether it is committing to a workout routine, changing your diet, cutting out alcohol, or best – a combination of all these. There is no medication that can magically cure fatty liver disease.
If you make the executive decision not to change your lifestyle and you continue to practice the habits that led to fatty liver disease in the first place, your health may deteriorate significantly.
Fatty liver disease can result in major heart problems, kidney disease, and diabetes.
The excess fats cells on your liver will continue to accumulate and essentially reduce your liver’s ability to function. Direct effects on the liver may include fibrosis, inflammation, and cirrhosis which can lead to liver cancer or liver failure.
No matter how hard the lifestyle change may be (or seem), it is well worth fighting through to reverse fatty liver disease because the consequences of doing nothing might only cause your body to shut down.
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What Vitamins Should You Start Taking to Cure Fatty Liver?
Multiple studies have shown that taking certain vitamins in addition to changing your diet and adding an exercise routine to your day can help combat fatty liver disease.
Vitamins A, B12, E, D, and B3 are all commonly recommended supplements for those suffering from fatty liver disease.
I wrote an in-depth article recommending the best vitamin supplements for reversing fatty liver – make sure to check it out if you want to add this to your routine.
Vitamin D has been shown to help reduce inflammation caused by excess fat on the liver.
Vitamin A may help metabolize fat in the liver and control glucose levels.
Meanwhile, vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals in the liver and also has inflammatory properties.
An added bonus to increasing your vitamin intake is that your liver is not the only organ to benefit from vitamins.
Your entire body will reap the advantages of these vitamins, making you function more efficiently mentally and physically so that you can maintain your new lifestyle designed to reverse your fatty liver.
How Long Before You Start Seeing the Effects of these Lifestyle Changes?
You will have to be patient when it comes to reversing your fatty liver disease because it won’t happen overnight.
Most people who have mild to moderate fatty liver disease can effectively reverse their condition in six months, up to a year with strict lifestyle changes that promote weight loss and support a healthy liver.
It personally took me 1.5 years to reverse my fatty liver – or at least that was when I got my official confirmation. But the doctor already told me that there was amazing progress at my 6 month follow-up.
If your fatty liver disease is more severe or advanced, it may take longer than a year to reverse.
The key to curing your fatty liver disease is to catch it early and treat it fast with a rapid lifestyle change and also stick to your plan if it doesn’t happen as soon as you hoped it would.
Fatty liver disease can lead to life threatening conditions, but it doesn’t have to. You can change your lifestyle by cutting out alcohol, unhealthy saturated fats and sugar from your diet, regularly exercising, and implementing a sleep schedule to effectively reverse fatty liver disease.
By dropping just 10% of your body weight, you can increase your liver’s ability to function and get yourself back on track to being healthy.
Lifestyle changes can be tricky so it’s a good idea to have someone help you be accountable for your diet and exercise and always follow the advice of a trained professional, such as a hepatologist.
You don’t have to live with fatty liver disease. By catching it early and changing your lifestyle, you can rid your body of it once and for all. I sure did – and the same goes for other people I know.
I was diagnosed with a fatty liver back in 2014 and managed to reverse it by mid 2015. Since then, I’ve been studying NAFLD and I have decided to share everything I have learned over the years to help you reverse your condition.
I am also the admin of the Fatty Liver Support Group on Facebook and the Fatty Liver Subreddit.