One of the most important – and at the same most difficult – things to do after you’ve been diagnosed with a fatty liver is losing weight. Most of the people I have talked to have had this problem and I have struggled as well over the years.
While this is normal – everybody will hit a wall sooner or later – we still have to stick to our goal of losing weight to reverse our fatty liver, then stay there (which is also difficult).
So today we’re going to talk about this: how to stay motivated to lose weight for fatty liver, but also how to keep your ideal weight months or years after getting there.
Usually, everybody is extremely motivated early on and the first few feeks at least, but most likely months – maybe three, maybe six – we manage to keep on track but eventually most of us start getting back to the old eating habits.
And unlike losing weight, gaining weight is something that can happen over night. You need two days to undo a month’s work of dieting (I know, I’ve been there!) or just a few months to get back to your unhealthy weight.
Once you start eating bad again, once you don’t pay as much attention to your fatty liver diet, everything will probably spiral out of control and it’s a lot more difficult to get back to your ideal weight for the second time.
This is why you must never allow it to happen. You should always stay on track and never budge (too much).
And even though there are definitely multiple things to help you stay on track, I have a very simple trick that I use to stay motivated and which I am sure will help you stay at your ideal weight for NAFLD reversal.
Because one of the biggest dangers for those who suffer from a fatty liver – even those who manage to reverse it – is getting it back.
Reversing the fatty liver after losing weight and changing your eating habits and your way of living doesn’t mean much if immediately afterwards you resume a chaotic lifestyle and start gaining weight again, making poor choices regarding the food you consume.
Most people doing so will get their fatty liver back and cause more damage to their livers. So it’s vital, it’s essential to keep your weight under control for the rest of your life!
Otherwise, your fatty liver can come back and, as I said already, you might find it more difficult to start it all over again.
And here is one easy trick that I use, one trick that is deceptively simple, yet extremely useful.
It’s the one thing that helped me keep my weight under control, kept me motivated and kept me going on with my diet and keeping my weight at or close to the ideal number:
Get a scale, measure your weight daily and keep a diary of your weight!
This thing is more powerful than you can imagine! And it is vital to measure your weight daily, not weekly, not now and then, not every couple of days.
Every day, every night, after splurging on a Saturday when you simply can’t say no to that cake, as well as after saying no to a deliciously-looking cake three days after.
Measure your weight every day and write it down (or save it on your phone or whatever): this will not only keep you motivated, but it will teach you a lot about what to eat and what not to eat.
Now I know that if I eat pasta or pizza (yes, I allow myself to have one or another every now and then since I reversed my fatty liver – and this is an amazing program to follow for that) after two days, the scale will have some bad news for me.
But it does help to keep you motivated. To help you stay close to your goal and get there faster.
Your scale becomes one of your best friends and weapons when trying to tackle this because it will have no mercy. It will always show you the exact results of your poor decisions, without sugar-coating it.
Even better, if you have just been diagnosed with a fatty liver, get a scale ASAP (recommendations below) as it will motivate you even more!
I used this method about a week after being diagnosed, after my doctor recommended it to me and it was awesome.
Early on, if you are overweight, you will lose weight like crazy if you start dieting.
Simply looking at those numbers going down will make you feel awesome and depending on your weight, it will last for about a couple of months (because the speed at which you lose weight slows down sooner or later).
But each day, you will see lower numbers, you will see the results of your hard work, you will feel better and you will have all the reasons in the world to brag. And to keep on going.
But you will also see the effects of stepping away from the path. You will learn that splurging on a pizza and soda, and maybe grabbing a desert will mean an extra 2 pounds on your body for the next couple of days.
You will see what a chocolate bar can do to your body, you will see what eating a lettuce salad for dinner instead of steak will mean.
You will learn what to eat and you will do your best to stay on track! I don’t really know all the psychological reasons behind this, but it works!
This has helped me massively on multiple occasions already. I started at 210 pounds and lost weight extremely fast during the first couple of months.
I was proud of myself and I loved looking at the paper I kept writing my weight on (because, yes, I’m that old school and keep track of my weight on a piece of paper). I eventually got to my ideal weight, which is 165 pounds. Then I left on vacation.
I had no scale there and I promised myself to reward me with everything I want – as long as I go for the healthiest options available. It was my first vacaction after I had managed to reverse my fatty liver, I was in great shape, everything was good. Nothing could go wrong!
Except it did! I was shocked to see, when I got home after 10 blissful days, that I had gained 11 pounds during the vacation. I was still looking good and still my overall weight was not bad at all… but putting on 11 pounds in 10 days was no joke either!
And this was the problem: I had no idea I had gained so much weight! If there wasn’t the scale to tell me, I would’ve been happy with the outcome and maybe during the next vacation I would’ve eaten the same and added 10 pounds more.
Then I would’ve said yes to an extra cake, ate more burgers and pizzas because I could’ve said that I won’t gain that much weight. And eventually go back to my old self which was sick and miserable.
But when I got home, I had my scale there, telling me that I did some bad things. There was the data prior to the vacation telling me how bad it was.
And so I started to lose weight again – much slower than I did before, but I eventually got back to my ideal weight. Because the scale and the numbers keep you on track. They somehow keep you motivated!
And even though I am using pen and paper to measure my body weight, you don’t have to be that archaic. Modern technology is amazing and even when it comes to scales, it has a lot to offer.
Now, we have smart scales that measure your weight, as well as provide you with other useful information, like percentage of body fated, how much water is in your body and so on).
But these smart scales can also be connected to your smartphone and transmit all that data to an app, where it is automatically stored.
You get access to all this data at any given time, no matter where you are and you have even more details available than keeping track of things with a pen and paper. It’s amazing and extremely helpful.
Here are two scales that are extremely good and they both offer similar features, allowing you to keep track of your weight with the help of your smartphone (affiliate links below):
– Withings Body Composition Wi-Fi Scale
– Yunmai Premium Smart Scale
But in the end, it doesn’t really has to be one of these smart scales! Any type of scale goes, as long as you will actually write down your weight and keep those papers around to always be able to check them.
I still have the paper I first wrote my initial weight on: 210 pounds and I love looking at it, then compare it to my current numbers which are always around the 165 mark.
I couldn’t have done it without this simple trick and I am happy to be able to share it with you. So put it to good use and reverse that fatty liver faster, staying motivated to lose weight and then keeping that weight!
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.