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How to lose weight with a fatty liver

Losing weight is a slow and difficult process for most people.  However, for individuals with a fatty liver it is even more challenging.  Fatty liver is an extremely common problem that affects approximately one in five people.  If you carry excess abdominal weight you probably have a fatty liver yourself; your doctor just hasn’t diagnosed it yet.

One of the main jobs of the liver is to burn off excess body fat and get rid of it through the gallbladder and out in bowel motions.  Unfortunately a fatty liver cannot achieve this task very well.  A fatty liver is doing the opposite of what it should be – it is accumulating fat.  Luckily there are several ways to overcome this obstacle and achieve weight loss.

People with a fatty liver have a slow metabolic rate.  They usually also suffer with syndrome X (metabolic syndrome/insulin resistance), and they often have a sluggish thyroid gland.  Combine that with fatigue and poor sleep and you can clearly see how it becomes almost impossible to stick to a healthy diet and exercise plan.

Here are my tips for getting your liver to burn fat again:

  • Reduce the sugar, carbohydrate and bad fats in your diet.  These foods are what creates a fatty liver in the first place.  Most people with a fatty liver got one because they ate more carbohydrate than their liver could process.  Carbohydrate rich foods include sugar, flour, bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, breakfast cereals and grains.  The liver is very proficient at converting these foods into fat.  The other food that promotes the formation of a fatty liver is omega 6 rich vegetable oil.  Fried foods and packaged foods like crisps, chips, crackers and cookies are usually full of the wrong fats.
  • Base your diet on vegetables, protein and good fats.  These foods will keep you feeling full and will keep your blood sugar level stable throughout the day.  This is very important in order to prevent hypoglycaemia, sugar cravings, foggy head and fatigue.  Many people trying to lose weight actually don’t eat enough protein and fat.  They are in such a rush to lose weight and want to reach their goal tomorrow, that they eat too little food.  This is dangerous territory because you will be at far greater risk of binging on all the wrong foods once you get tired and hungry enough.  When eating protein rich foods like fish, poultry or red meat, please eat a palm and a half sized portion.  Whey protein powder is an excellent source of protein that’s highly satiating. It will help to keep you feeling full for many hours and reduces the risk of sugar cravings. Please include good fats in your diet like olive oil, avocados, nuts, seeds and oily fish such as salmon.  People who don’t eat enough protein and fat usually crave sugar and carbohydrate.  There is an easy to follow eating plan in my book Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It.
  • Take a good quality liver tonic.  Diet changes will work on their own eventually, but you should reach your goal weight sooner, and feel more energetic sooner if you take a good quality liver tonic.  Livatone Plus contains the nutrients your liver needs in order to burn fat efficiently and detoxify your bloodstream.
  • Check if you have diabetes or syndrome X.  Type 2 diabetes is a rapidly growing disease and approximately half of the people who have it don’t realise because they haven’t been diagnosed yet.  See your doctor and ask for a fasting blood glucose test to check if you have diabetes.  Syndrome X is even more common.  If you have a large waist, then you have syndrome X.  If you have a more advanced case of syndrome X, you have high blood pressure, high blood triglycerides, low good cholesterol (HDL) and high bad cholesterol (LDL).  Diabetes and syndrome X make weight loss extremely difficult because of the elevated blood insulin which is a feature of these conditions.  The herbs and nutrients in Glicemic Balance capsules help to lower insulin, thereby making weight loss easier.
  • Eat more raw vegetables.  No matter where you live it is important to eat raw food such as salad every day.  Try to eat as many different colored vegetables as possible because the pigments in vegetables are antioxidants and they each have unique benefits.  Your liver and bowels need the nutrients in raw vegetables to function at their optimum. It is well worth adding raw juices to your diet – check out my Raw Juices Can Save Your Life book for recipe ideas.

Weight loss takes more time and commitment for those with a fatty liver, but with the right technique it is definitely achievable.


The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.


  1. I’m a 38yo male. My problem is weight, clocking over 110 kgs for 5 8″ height. I’m not addicted to any thing. No smoking or alcoholic beverage intake; but consumes carbonated drink once in while as to say once or twice a week. As I’m staying alone & working abroad; with a tight work schedule; exercising is difficult. My total cholesterol was 143; & sugar 108 when I had checked 6 months ago. My weight goes on increasing; despite myself cutting on drinks. The thyroid test done at that time proved to be okay as per the doctor.

    I usually begin the day with one or two glasses of water. Then I’m ready for office; I have my breakfast.
    The next meal usually goes in between 12 & 4 as I feel the hunger pangs. Usually my food in the night is after 9’clock but sees that I go to sleep nearly an hour after food.

    I don’t consume pork; but have all other meat, fish & vegetables.

    Never felt constipation or bloating. Once checked by a gym trainer & found out that I’ve 56% muscular build.

    Still wy am I still not losing weight.

    • Dear Sakeer,

      What’s your diet like?
      It sounds like you could have a fatty liver which makes it extremely difficult to lose weight.
      You need to get a liver function test and an ultrasound scan to diagnose a fatty liver.
      I recommend you take Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily and NAC 2 caps twice daily.
      You need to avoid refined grains, sugar and processed foods.
      You need to consume good protein sources, fat sources and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
      I recommend you purchase our book: ‘Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It’.
      The supplements and book can be purchased from http://www.liverdoctor.com.

      Kind Regards,

  2. Hello i am daignosed with fatty liver grade 2-3.
    I am smoker and drinker and my BMI is also high. kindly advise how to reverse it i have been exercising for 2 mnths amd managed to control
    My diet and lost about 5 KG in last 2 months.
    Still i want to loose more wieght as well i have
    Concerns whether loosing wieght cure the fatty liver???

    Kindly advise as i am still worried about it.

    • Dear Shantesh,

      To reverse fatty liver you need to take Livatone Plus 2 capsules twice daily and NAC twice daily.
      These are available from http://www.liverdoctor.com.
      I would recommend you quit smoking and reduce alcohol intake to improve your liver function and overall health.
      For more info you should read Dr Cabot’s book: ‘Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It’.
      Exercise is important, but dietary changes are crucial.
      You will need to avoid sugar, refined foods and processed foods, or reduce them.
      You need to focus on eating good protein, good fats and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,

  3. I have been diagnosed today with a fatty liver. I am very worried as I was told that it could turn to cirrhosis of the liver. I have been drinking up to a bottle of gin a week. I am now going to stop drinking with my husbands help. I am a vegetarian, I want to lose weight and get rid of the fat in my liver. Please can you help me.

    • Dear Sarah,

      Fatty liver can be reversed.
      You need to avoid sugar, grains, alcohol and processed foods.
      If you need help giving up alcohol, please refer to Wendy Perkin’s website:http://www.couragetochange.com.au
      Focus on eating foods high in protein, good fats and plenty of fruit and vegetables.
      I would recommend our Livatone Plus – 2 caps twice daily and NAC 2 caps twice daily.
      Raw juicing is excellent also.
      I recommend you read our book: ‘Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It’.

      Kind Regards,

  4. I’m a 38 yo male. I have had high cholesterol for around 13 years and genetically runs in my family along with thyroid issues. At the time of diagnoses I weighted 160 lbs, I’m 5’9″, was on a rigorous gym program and played and coached soccer 5 days a week. My blood pressure is always on the low end. I was put on a medication to lower my cholesterol that worked moderately. After 8 years of being on daily mess for the cholesterol,my doctor took me off meds stating genetic cholesterol was deemed a lesser risk factor. 2 years later I switched doctors. Since that time my cholesterol hovered around 250.
    Last month at my yearly physical, my cholesterol came in at 298, my triglycerides were 215 and my liver enzymes were double the limit. My doctor has since given me a ultrasound to check for liver damage, which was negative and has determined I have a fatty liver. At the time I was 190 lbs, moderately active, by no means obese and don’t drink acohol but once every few months. I have switched to a zero red meat diet, pure veggies, oats, grains, fruits, nuts, beans, lean chicken and fish. I have zero soda in my diet and drink water and black teas, but still have 2-3 cups of coffee (can’t give up everything). All my sweeteners are done by fruit or honey now. I take 1 mens’ daily vitamin, 2 400ug vitamin D, and 4 garlic oil gel tabs. In the last three weeks I have lost 12 lbs and increased to a daily exersize program. My doctor refuses to prescribe any medications till my liver enzymes are under control. With my personal and genetic history of high cholesterol should I insist on medication to lower my cholesterol and triglycerides? I’m having no issues losing weight, but feel that the fatty liver won’t fade away till the biggest factors causing it are under control.
    Thanks for any input.

  5. I have a fatty liver. Should I lose weight slowly or quickly?
    Is bariiatric surgery recommended when you have this liver disorder?

    • Dear Diana,

      I have attached an article on Bariiatric surgery for you to read: https://www.cabothealth.com.au/weight-loss-surgery-things-consider/
      You can reverse it, and as your liver becomes healthy again, weight loss will occur naturally.
      You need to eliminate sugar and white flour foods from your diet.
      Having a diet high in vegetables and good quality protein is essential.
      You can get good quality protein from meat, eggs, cheese, poultry and fish.
      Try raw juicing.
      The best ingredients to juice are parsley, basil, mint, carrot, kale, cucumber, beet, green apple. lemon, orange and ginger.
      You should take:
      Livatone Plus – 2 caps twice daily
      NAC- 2 caps twice daily well away from food
      See Dr Cabot’s book: ‘Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It’.
      Kind Regards,


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