Case History From The Desk Of Sandra Cabot MD
The Liver And Weight Loss
One of my patients was rather perplexed by the fact that she had lost only 5 kilograms (11 pounds) on my low carbohydrate eating plan in my book called “I Can’t Lose Weight and I Don’t Know Why”. She had gone down 3 dress sizes and felt that for that reduction in dress sizes she should have lost more weight.
I replied to her that this was not uncommon in cases of fatty liver such as hers, because she had lost a lot of unhealthy fat from her liver and this could not be seen on the scales immediately. However, her liver was no longer fatty on her ultrasound scan so she was delighted with that. My patient lost a lot of weight from her torso. Her belly used to protrude through her dresses and she desperately wanted to lose weight from this area. Her abdomen flattened out nicely once she cleared the fat from within her liver and she was very happy with that.
Why can weight loss take longer if you have a fatty liver?
This is because the fat in the liver is replaced with healthy liver cells and although the liver cells weigh less than the fat, they still weigh something. Now that her liver cells were healthy I reassured her that her weight loss would continue with renewed vigour, as we had now improved her liver function.
I added a supplement of Livatone Plus to her program as this would further improve her liver function and support faster fat burning. I also asked my patient to make smoothies using Synd-X Slimming Protein powder. It is made of whey protein, which is excellent for stabilising blood sugar and reducing hunger. The added chromium and glutamine help to reduce sugar and carbohydrate cravings. Making a smoothie with this powder will help to keep you on track with healthy eating for the remainder of the day.
My patient was very happy as her wellbeing had improved and she no longer craved sugary foods. It can take 6 to 12 months to reverse a fatty liver and weight loss becomes much easier as the liver function continues to improve. As the fat clears from within the liver, energy levels improve and symptoms like depression and foggy head resolve. This makes it much easier to remain motivated to eat well.
Repairing a fatty liver is so important as it can reverse type 2 diabetes, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation in the body. When inflammation is reduced, so are aches and pains. For more information on reversing fatty liver see my book Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It.
The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.