Over 4 billion people on this planet suffer from fatty liver disease, which is a non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Now there is a proven diet that will reverse fatty liver disease and that is what you will be reading about here.
So many people think that fatty liver disease either in children or adults is just something that you are cursed with, that they do not have a choice in the matter, you are just stuck with that. Currently 40% of obese children have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
It is the most common chronic liver disease in children now. It is a huge deal. This information will help you reverse your fatty disease or to help your child with their fatty liver disease with this proven technique.
As you may know, the typical advice for fatty liver disease is to move more, eat less, restrict your calories or burn more calories than you take in. This is the standard advice for people with fatty liver although it almost never works.
There is no research to back that recommendation up. It fails in 99% of people who try it because basically what this advice is telling you to do, is to starve yourself for the rest of your life and no mammal can do that, not even you.
There is no drug currently which is FDA approved for the treatment of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and there is not a drug on the horizon. So this is excellent information for you to deal with and reverse your fatty liver disease.
Now most healthcare providers who take care of patients with fatty liver disease, either children or adults have become so flustered by the lack of results from the recommendation they gave, that bariatric surgery and gastric bypass surgery is quickly becoming standard of care for people with fatty liver disease and that is terrible.
You will get to know about a method that not only is clinically proven by thousands of doctors but now has research based proof to show that it works. Now with over 4 billion people on the planet suffering from this dangerous condition ‘fatty liver’, you would think that we would have multiple randomized trials that were well performed in humans to figure out what is causing this.
Well surprise, there wasn’t any until now. The University of Alabama at Birmingham, researchers have done a study and so most of this piece will be about this study, which showed how you can immediately take what they found in this study and apply it right away to your life to reverse your fatty liver.
So what they did was, they took 32 children, human children, not rats, pigs or dogs, but kids from ages 9-17 years, who had verified fatty liver disease. This is not from alcohol or acetaminophen overdose, this is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, just from their diet.
All of these children were overweight if not obese, because they go hand in hand in kids. They randomized these kids who either eat a low carb diet or a low fat diet. In the low carb diet, the macros which broke down was 25% of carbs, 25% of protein and 50% of fat.
That is what half the kids got randomly and the other half of the kids got a low fat diet which consisted of 55% carbohydrates, 25% protein and 20% fat. So basically it was a low carb diet v/s a low fat diet.
Now which one do you think did the most at reversing most of the fat out of these kid’s livers? You might be surprised so keep reading and find out. They did this for 8 weeks and in the first 2 weeks of this study they actually bought the groceries for the kids.
All the kids and their family had access to registered dieticians, they got routine appointments with the dietician, they got all kinds of education on what to eat and what not to eat. They gave them meal plans.
So they made it very clear on the high fat diet or the low carb diet about what to eat and what to avoid. Also the same goes for the low fat diet. They made it very clear to both the groups and remember these kids were randomized in group A and group B.
Nobody knew where they were going to wind up. So there was no researcher bias that was able to get into this study like it is so easy for it to get into observational studies. For the first two weeks, both groups were given groceries.
One group was given low carb groceries, the other low fat groceries and for the last six weeks, they bought their own groceries. They still had access to the registered dieticians explaining to them what to do.
With 4 weeks in, they did a 3 day food diary so that the researchers were able to tell if this kid was still on track and was eating the diet that they were set up with after they were randomized. Both groups were told this very important thing, which was to avoid junk food.
They were asked to avoid processed carbs and soft drinks. So both groups were avoiding junk food and this is very important. So even the low fat group were not eating the standard American crap. They were still eating whole foods, whole vegetables and lean meats.
So that is very important because a lot of people can say that if you compare low carb with real whole foods to somebody who was eating the standard American junk, obviously the former is going to be better but both of these groups were eating real whole foods.
Let us understand what this study actually looked at, what it measured. So they took all these measurements and they took all these again at 8 weeks, which was after the study. And they did these studies in both groups.
So before the study started, both groups got a magnetic resonance imaging or MRI of their abdomen. This is by far the golden standard to look at fatty liver. Ultrasound is good but MRI is better.
When both groups got an MRI of their abdomen, specifically at their fatty liver to see how much fat was there on the liver. Both groups got a DEXA body composition scan at the beginning as well. Both groups got lab work including a fasting glucose and a fasting insulin, a lipid panel and a HSCRP (High sensitivity C-reactive Protein).
Both groups had their HOMA-IR test, which is a calculated measure of insulin resistance. It was all calculated at the beginning and at 8 weeks and then they had their resting energy expenditure calculated at the beginning and the end.
Because the second point about this study is that there is no calorie restriction in either group. What they did is an RE and they tried to figure out for each kid, how many hours did they need today to maintain their weight.
So there was no calorie restriction but was this enough calories? It was the same amount of calories and they were the same in both groups. And thus there were huge reports afterwards. Now let us talk about what were the results of this study.
Many healthcare providers and many parents and many people who suffer from fatty liver will be blown away by the findings of this study. So by the end of the 8 week study, when they crunched all the data, here is what they found.
The low carb group lost 2.4% of their body fat and the low-fat group lost 0.4% of their body fat. The low carb group lost 5.5% of their total fat mass in their body by the DEXA scan. The low fat group lost 0.1% only.
Now here is the biggie. For liver fat, the low carb group lost 32% of fat in their liver. A third of fat on their liver was gone after 8 weeks of a low carb diet. This was not the same as keto diet but it was a relatively low carb diet.
How much liver fat did the low fat group lose? Only 1%. So once and for all we can slash the myth, the lie that eating fat will make you fat or eating fat will cause fatty liver. It does not work that way.
A low carb diet, removes 6 times as much fat as the low fat group diet. There is just no way. Both groups held their lean muscle mass or their lean body mass, and was the same through the entire study.
The DEXA scan picked up no change in muscle mass. So no, the low carb group did not lose muscle mass. The low carb group had a significant reduction in their liver lab work. Their ALT and their AST were significantly lower than the low fat group by the end of this study.
The low carb group had a significant reduction in insulin resistance by the end of this study, but the low fat group did not. The fasting insulin levels, the lipid panel and the CRP were stable for 8 weeks in both groups.
Neither of the low fat or low carb groups really was affected. With those lab works in mind, both the groups got the amount of protein they needed to hold their weight, and the amount of calories calculated to hold their weight.
So this was not a calorie restriction. The low carb group just ate fewer carbs than the low fat group that is the only difference. This is the first randomized trial to ever be done in the world about low carb diets and fatty liver.
If they had done an even lower carb diet for the concerned group, they would have seen even more study results, but this is a great leap forward for everybody in the world, all 4 billion of you, who suffer from fatty liver disease.
So once again to sum the findings on the study, this study was a very cut and dry, straight forward process. There was not just a tiny 1.8% difference. These are big differences. So the low carb group lost more body fat which was about four times as much as the low fat group.
The low carb group lost 6 times as much liver fat as the low fat group. Huge difference. Both groups maintain their lean body mass and their muscle mass on the DEXA scan. The low carb group had no signs of inflammation that the low fat group had.
There was no sign of any kind of disease that popped up and again their lipid panel, their total cholesterol, their LDL, HDL, their triglycerides stayed the same from the beginning of the study till week 8.
There was no effect on their lipid panel, whether they were a low carb group or a low fat group. That is a huge deal. So once and for all, calorie restriction, portion control, calorie deficit, none of that is going to help you reverse your fatty liver disease.
A low carb diet is the way to reverse fatty liver disease. This research study pretty much puts it to bed. The research is presented as a post to the recent American Diabetes Association event and it has been accepted for publication in a peer review journal.