Liver and weight loss!

So what has liver got to do with weight loss?

Evidently quite a bit.  Like many overweight people and diabetics, I have “fatty liver disease”.  So what is it?

One definition says this:


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Fatty liver, also known as fatty liver disease (FLD), is a reversible condition wherein large vacuoles of triglyceride fat accumulate in liver cells via the process of steatosis (i.e., abnormal retention of lipids within a cell). Despite having multiple causes, fatty liver can be considered a single disease that occurs worldwide in those with excessive alcohol intake and the obese (with or without effects of insulin resistance).

While I’m not much of an alcohol drinker, I am definitely obese.  Fatty liver can worsen, even to the point of destroying the liver, requiring a liver transplant.  It reduces your lifespan by years.  And right now, for me, it is probably most of the reason for my insulin resistance,  along with some of the medications I’m on.  Insulin resistance can make it almost impossible to lose weight …

so I hate it and I’m going to do something about it.


In my research about fatty liver, I’ve come across a great book by Dr. Sandra Cabot and Dr. Thomas Eanelli, “Fatty Liver – You can Reverse it.”  Dr. Eanelli was overweight and had a fatty liver and using Dr. Cabot’s first boot on reversing liver disease, he was able to totally reverse his disease, return his liver to full function and lose significant weight.

I’ve been reading this book to find out what to do to reverse my fatty liver and return it to normal functioning.  There are many great recipes and information on what is good to heal your liver.   Basically I will be healing my liver through my diet, exercise and a few supplements.  Today I’ve begun the detoxification with V8 juice for breakfast along with milk thistle tea and fish oil tablets.  For lunch I’m having range free eggs and a apple.  For dinner tonight a large raw veggie salad with some chicken strips.  I’ve ordered a couple of recommended products which should be here in a few days (Livatone Plus and Synd-X-Powder).  I’m also going to learn about raw juicing – until I figure that out, I’ll be drinking V8.  I’ll also be concentrating on eating raw veggies, soups made with raw veggies and salads with lean meats and fish and organic or eggs from range-fed hens.

As far as exercise, I’ll be sticking with the recumbent bike, water aerobics when possible and some weight and stretching classes.

Watch a video from Dr. Cabot about fatty liver disease:




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– Shirley

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3 thoughts on “Liver and weight loss!

  1. Hello Shirley,
    Can you tell me what does the V8 juice contain? I am not familiar with it as we do not have where I live.
    I too am a diabetic and can tell you that orange juice is the fastest way to increase glycaemic levels (sugar), I found this quite by accident and ever since have stayed well away from any juices as they raise the sugar levels too much.
    I also happen to be overweight and suffer from the “fatty liver” disease, I enjoyed reading your article because my GP often mentions the “fatty liver” disease, without offering any real treatment for it apart from cease drinking.
    I am a very modest drinker, I like to drink half of red wine with my meals occasionally and can spend many weeks without touching any alcohol however the doctor does not seem to believe me.
    Well… it is his problem as I am not bothered 🙂
    All the best,


    1. Miguel,
      My doc doesn’t say a lot either but he did send me to a liver specialist to see if I needed a biopsy, which I didn’t. My doc mentions it every once in a while, but I’ve had to research it on my own.
      What Vegetable Juices are included in V8® 100% Vegetable Juice?
      V8® 100% Vegetable Juice contains the juices of tomatoes, carrots, celery, beets, parsley, lettuce, watercress and spinach.
      I buy the low-sodium kind. 140 mg of sodium per serving. You will be able to find more information at this site:

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