I am back with some great news – especially for me, but also for those who have been diagnosed with a fatty liver. I just came back from my ultrasound appointment and my fatty liver has improved tremendously, with the doctor saying that it’s starting to look like a healthy liver. This proves that with some research, some extra will power and lifestyle changes, fatty liver CAN BE REVERSED. And trust me that knowing that you can become a healthy individual once again is extremely satisfying.
So how did I do it? How did I reverse fatty liver in seven months?
For those who are not regular readers of this blog, I’ll start by saying that a bit over seven months ago I have been diagnosed with a fatty liver (NAFLD). It wasn’t very advanced (it was considered stage 1.5 – so not 1, but not 2 either) but it still was there. I also had far in my pancreas and fat was deposited on my kidneys, while the liver itself was enlarged and I was feeling miserable overall.
Since I was close to my 30th birthday and the idea of having the fatty liver evolve into cirrhosis and maybe even worse brought me down to tears, I decided to do everything that I can to give me a chance at a normal life again and I decided to completely change my life and reverse fatty liver. I was sure that it’s possible.
I knew that the main reason behind me being overweight and having so much fat accumulated in my body was the way I was eating, so I decided to switch to a completely healthy diet – not extremely restrictive, with moderation in mind, but one that completely eliminated some extremely dangerous foods (I never ate anything fried in oil, stopped drinking all types of soda and I have completely stopped drinking alcohol). I moved to fat-free cooking even though now I am sometimes adding a bit of extra virgin olive oil to my foods but only after they are cooked and I started to notice the results immediately. Read more about my fatty liver diet here – I strongly recommend it to everybody as it’s pretty obvious that it works!
I started to lose weight instantly and even though it wasn’t the easiest job in the world – I still had cravings and felt a bit hungry at times, but it was all worth it. I also allowed myself to cheat every now and then: not during the first month when I wanted to live a completely healthy life, but afterwards once in two weeks or maybe once per week I allowed myself a small piece of cake or ate a bit more than usual. Three months later I had my first pizza (vegetarian, because I am no longer eating cold cuts, salami and such) and yesterday I drank half a glass of Coke. Fortunately, I didn’t like it at all I don’t plan to drink any soda anytime soon. The secret is to stick to your new life plan.
Finally, a couple of months ago I started going to the gym – three times a week for 60 minutes of cardio exercise only. If you can go more often, it would be even better. The exercise won’t help you lose much extra weight at this point, but helps to keep you healthy and especially helps with the insulin resistance you might have developed to a lower or higher degree already. So I consider exercising a must as well – if you can’t go to the gym, at least walk at a fast pace for 30 minutes EVERY DAY.
So what were the results?
As I said, my latest ultrasound appointment went extremely well, just like my blood tests. I was extremely worried and pessimistic that the doctor would have bad news, but she actually congratulated me and encouraged me to share my story with everybody else suffering from a fatty liver to prove them that it can indeed be fixed. So here I am!
Following the ultrasound, the doctor found out that my liver was now normal-sized (the left lobe was initially about 1 inch larger and the right lobe about half an inch larger), while a lot of the fat disappeared from my liver – although there was still a noticeable but slight steatosis. You can’t completely heal years of fat accumulation in just a few months, but you can clearly improve that condition a lot and keep on working on it.
Also, my pancreas had minimal fat infiltrations and had also reduced its size to a normal size, while the fat on my kidneys was completely gone. In other words, my body recovered a lot and was on the right track to being as healthy as it was before I started to bombard it with all the extra fat. Which is something amazing to know.
My blood tests also came with better results (even though mine were initially within the normal values, even though at the top end, close to abnormal): my cholesterol was reduced by 12 points, while the high-ish glucose levels started to look a bit better, going down almost 4 points.
In other words, in just 7 months, my body made some incredible recovery and is on the right track to getting healthy. Apart from that amazing news, I also feel a lot better! Having lost 36.5 pounds during these months also makes me look a lot better and makes me feel so good with myself – also giving me the strength to keep on going and lose the extra 11 pounds required for me to get to my ideal weight.
All in all, it’s all worth it! I was unhealthy, miserable, fat and a complete mess – all built up over the years of poor food and lifestyle choices. I almost couldn’t believe it that just 7 months almost brought me back to being a completely healthy person and it proves how much our way of living matters – and gives me the power to keep on going. Because no lifestyle change is good unless you stick to it. I used to be fat and unhealthy, now I feel amazing and you can do it too. Trust me, it’s a lot easier than you might think it is!