Although she would like to get down to 150 lbs and put on more lean muscle mass, Lisa says balance is key, so she’ll make room for a few bites of cake at birthday parties here and there. “The biggest thing I’ve learned is that you’re far more capable of things in life than you give yourself credit for,” she says. “I have so much confidence in myself, I feel I could do anything.”


The most expensive but highly regarded test is the direct calorimetry test. A direct calorimeter is a large insulated, air-tight chamber. During a test you spend at least an hour inside the chamber with minimal movement. During that time your released body heat (including expired carbon dioxide and vapors) is measured. Based on these measurements, a resting metabolic rate is calculated. In most situations, this test is not practical due to the expensive equipment needed and the time you need to spend laying in the chamber.

“We could have found out that if we cut carbs, we’d lose way more fat because energy expenditure would go up and fat oxidation would go up,” said Kevin Hall, an obesity researcher at NIH and an author on many of these studies. “But the body is really good at adapting to the fuels coming in.” Another related takeaway: There appears to be no silver bullet diet for fat loss, at least not yet.


Portal hypertension: Because the liver has such a great blood supply, damage to the liver tissue can increase pressure within the blood vessels in the liver and adversely affect blood flow to other organs. This can cause spleen swelling, and the development of varices or swollen veins in the gastrointestinal tract, from the esophagus (esophageal varices) and stomach to the anus (these are different than the swollen veins of hemorrhoids).
To understand why the liver is the focus of a diet that promises to “reset” your metabolism, it’s important to understand a few basic facts about what it does. The liver is involved in virtually every metabolic process in the body, including turning nutrients from food into substances your body can use, breaking down fats, storing sugar as triglycerides, creating energy and, perhaps most important of all, getting rid of toxic substances. The liver is so important, there’s even a direct route from the digestive organs to the liver called the portal vein. An adult liver weighs just over three pounds and is one of the largest organs in the human body.
The difference in peak blood d-βHB concentrations between matched amounts of βHB as ester or salts arose because the salt contained l-βHB, as the blood concentrations of d- plus l-βHB isoforms were similar for both compounds. It is unclear if kinetic parameters of KE and KS drinks would be similar if matched d-βHB were taken in the drinks. Unlike d-βHB, blood l-βHB remained elevated for at least 8 h following the drink, suggesting an overall lower rate of metabolism of l-βHB as urinary elimination of l-βHB was in proportion to plasma concentration. Despite similar concentrations of total βHB, breath acetone was ~50% lower following KS drinks compared to KE, suggesting fundamental differences in the metabolic fates of D- and L-βHB. These findings support both previous hypotheses (Veech and King, 2016) and experimental work in rats (Webber and Edmond, 1977), which suggested that the l-isoform was less readily oxidized than the d-isoform, and is processed via different pathways, perhaps in different cellular compartments. It seems that l-βHB is not a major oxidative fuel at rest, and may accumulate with repeated KS drinks. However, the putative signaling role of l-βHB in humans remains unclear. In rodent cardiomyocytes, l-βHB acts as a signal that modulates the metabolism of d-βHB and glucose, Tsai et al. (2006) although no differences in blood glucose were seen here. Furthermore, L-βHB can act as a cellular antioxidant, although to a lesser extent than D-βHB (Haces et al., 2008).
There's a fair amount of guesswork to the estimates, but perhaps as many as 20% of American adults have some degree of fatty liver disease, a condition that used to occur almost exclusively in people who drink excessively. The epidemics of obesity and diabetes are to blame. Fatty liver affects between 70% and 90% of people with those conditions, so as obesity and diabetes have become more common, so has fatty liver disease.
Other issues relating to digestion, toxins, metabolic flu, and germ gangs, as explained in articles #2 through #5 in this series are also important to consider. If you have problems with any of these topics, which is typical when weight is not readily responding to better diet and exercise, then these issues should be addressed to help engage the process of weight loss. Any of these issues also cause liver stress and contribute to fatty liver.
On my way out of the hospital, I said goodbye to Chen and thanked the nurses who had cared for me. They reminded me to collect urine samples every day for a week so they’d get a final measure of my metabolism, using the doubly labeled water method. I’d also continue wearing the three accelerometers. Together, this data would give the researchers a sense of my average daily calorie burn as a “free-living subject,” outside the hospital.
In simple terms, metabolism is the rate at which your body naturally burns the calories you take in. Metabolism is influenced by age, gender and body composition, or lean to fat ratio. The lower the body fat and the higher the lean muscle tissue, the higher metabolism tends to be. A combination of a healthy diet, cardio-vascular exercise and weight training can help you to change your body composition and have a positive effect on your metabolism.
Triglycerides are a common form of fat that we digest. Triglycerides are the main ingredient in animal fats and vegetable oils. Elevated levels of triglycerides are a risk factor for heart disease, heart attack, stroke, fatty liver disease, and pancreatitis. Elevated levels of triglycerides are also associated with diseases like diabetes, kidney disease, and medications (for example, diuretics, birth control pills, and beta blockers). Dietary changes, and medication if necessary can help lower triglyceride blood levels.
Urine testing is specific for the ketone acetoacetate. It does not detect beta-hydroxybutyric acid, which is measured via blood testing. To perform the test, pass the test end of a ketone strip through a stream of urine, or dip it into a fresh urine sample and remove it immediately. Wait exactly 15 seconds, and match the test end of the strip to the ketone color chart on the container.
“You can do that by making sure that the mass majority of your food choices are fiber-rich, water-rich foods. It’s foods like whole fruits, vegetables, and cooked whole grains like quinoa, farro, oatmeal and 100% whole-wheat pasta. It’s legumes like beans, lentils and peas. It’s starchy veggies like potatoes and yams,” advises Dr. Tom Rifai, MD, FACP, Regional Medical Director of Metabolic Health & Weight Management at Henry Ford Health System in Michigan, and member of the Pritikin Scientific Advisory Board.
Conclusion: In summary, these findings demonstrate that maintenance of weight loss and exercise in overweight patients with liver disease results in a sustained improvement in liver enzymes, serum insulin levels, and quality of life. Treatment of overweight patients should form an important component of the management of those with chronic liver disease.

The outlook and outcome for a patient depends upon the underlying diagnosis. Interestingly, in patients with cirrhosis, there may be little correlation between the amount of damage found on liver biopsy and the ultimate outcome. A patient may never develop symptoms and have a normal life-span or may develop significant symptoms with seemingly minimal disease.
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Need a snack? A handful of almonds, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, or other nuts is a tasty treat. They are high in monounsaturated fat, which lowers LDL "bad" cholesterol but leaves HDL "good" cholesterol alone. Studies show that people who eat about an ounce of nuts a day are less likely to get heart disease. Keep the portion small, so you limit fat and calories. And avoid those covered in sugar, chocolate, or a lot of salt.
You can reignite a stalled metabolism. Accomplish this by eating more protein, vegetables, and fruits. This ensures that your body stays full, fueled, and has the essential amino acids necessary for cell and tissue regeneration and repair. Build muscle through strength training exercises and make sure to get a full night’s rest. Studies have demonstrated that getting enough sleep is essential to optimal body function, including maintaining a healthy weight.  Follow this advice, and you’ll be on your way to burning fat, losing weight, maintaining brain function, feeling energetic, and keeping your immune system strong.
Given that blood βHB after identical ketone drinks can be affected by factors such as food or exercise (Cox et al., 2016), the accuracy of tools for non-invasive monitoring of ketosis should be investigated. Breath acetone and urinary ketone measurements provide methods to approximate blood ketosis without repeated blood sampling (Martin and Wick, 1943; Taboulet et al., 2007). However, breath acetone did not change as rapidly as blood βHB following KE and KS drinks. Acetone is a fat-soluble molecule, so may have been sequestered into lipids before being slowly released, resulting in the differences observed here. Similarly, significant differences in blood d-βHB between study conditions were not reflected in the urinary d-βHB elimination. As the amount of d-βHB excreted in the urine (≈0.1–0.5 g) represented ~1.5% of the total consumed (≈23.7 g), it appears that the major fate of exogenous d-βHB was oxidation in peripheral tissues. These results suggest that neither breath acetone nor urinary ketone measurements accurately reflect the rapid changes in blood ketone concentrations after ketone drinks, and that blood measurement should be the preferred method to quantitatively describe ketosis. That said, it should be noted that although commercial handheld monitors are the most practical and widely available tool for measuring blood ketones, they can overestimate blood D-βHB compared to laboratory measures (Guimont et al., 2015) and these monitors do not measure L-βHB and so may not provide accurate total blood ketone concentrations, especially if a racemic ketone salt has been consumed.
Whilst the evidence shows that following a low carbohydrate diet does appear to win out over other dietary approaches, this cannot be attributed purely to the ketone levels. In that adding in a bunch of fat, or taking a ton of exogenous ketones to get your ketone levels up could be counterintuitive when trying to achieve and promote a fat loss in the body.

Over several weeks, I did largely phase out the roast chicken on my own. I also cut out shrimp and squid, which are high in dietary cholesterol. The secret was adding multiple terrific dishes to the weekly cycle. There was a Turkish eggplant recipe, and white beans with escarole and tomato. Foods with high soluble fiber content are especially useful in drawing cholesterol from the blood. Oatmeal (the steelcut kind at health-food stores), unrefined (not pearled) barley, recently ground flaxseed, roasted soybeans, cannellini and other beans, eggplant, whole-wheat pasta and Brussels sprouts all helped. So did the cholesterol-lowering butter substitute Benecol (another option is Take Control).
CONCLUSIONS—In obese men with metabolic syndrome, weight loss with a low-fat diet decreases the plasma LDL apoB-100 concentration by increasing the catabolism of LDL apoB-100; weight loss also delays the catabolism of HDL apoA-I with a concomitant reduction in the secretion of HDL apoA-I. These effects of weight loss could partly involve changes in RBP-4 and adiponectin levels.
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Studies also show that the type of carbohydrate matters. In fact, a review published in 2012 in the journal Food and Nutrition Research found a diet high in refined (white) grains — which the body processes similarly to sugar — was associated with weight gain, while a diet rich in whole grains was linked to weight loss. “Refined grains remove the bran out of the whole grain, which removes a lot of the vitamins and most — if not all — the fiber,” Lemond says.
NAFLD—sometimes referred to as a "fatty liver"—occurs when more than 5 percent of the liver's total weight is made up of fatty tissue. Excessive fat in the liver can lead to scarring, which may increase the risk of liver cancer or liver failure. People with NAFLD are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, and people with type 2 diabetes are more likely to develop NAFLD. In fact an estimated 70 percent of people with type 2 diabetes also have a fatty liver. Obesity is also a major risk factor for NAFLD.
The 15 month lifestyle intervention was divided into two periods: an initial three month weight reduction period (t = 0 to t = 3 months) followed by a 12 month weight maintenance period (t = 4 to t = 15 months). During the initial three month period, patients were seen on a weekly basis by a dietician, as previously described.11 Physical activity was recommended at 150 minutes of aerobic exercise each week. During the subsequent 12 month follow up period, patients were seen on a monthly basis by a dietician, and encouraged to maintain an appropriate diet and exercise routine.
Normally, fatty acids are oxidized to become energy with the help of some hormones, but insulin prevents lipolysis and hampers the breakdown of adipose tissue. This results in free fatty acids being released into the bloodstream which leads to an accumulation of triglycerides. Higher levels of triglycerides are also associated with higher levels of LDL-cholesterol and lower levels of HDL-cholesterol (12).
In addition to decreasing serum ALT levels, weight reduction significantly decreased fasting insulin levels, and subsequent weight maintenance resulted in a sustained improvement (p = 0.03) (fig 3). In patients who regained weight, there was no significant change in fasting insulin levels between t = 0 and t = 15 months (p = 0.75) irrespective of the amount of exercise reported during the intervention. The amount of weight loss correlated with the reduction in fasting serum insulin levels (r = 0.46, p = 0.035) but not with the change in HOMA score (p = 0.72). Despite similar changes in weight, patients with HCV had a significantly greater decrease in fasting insulin during the initial three month period compared with non-HCV patients (p = 0.01) but there was no difference between groups at 15 months (p = 0.61).
Obesity is also recognised as an independent risk factor for the progression of fibrosis in other chronic liver diseases.6 A number of studies have now demonstrated an association between increased BMI or visceral adiposity and hepatic steatosis7 and fibrosis8 in patients infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). In overweight patients with chronic HCV, we recently demonstrated an association between increasing insulin levels and increasing hepatic fibrosis, suggesting that host metabolic factors also contribute to disease progression.9 Similarly, in patients with alcoholic liver disease, elevated BMI and fasting blood glucose were independent risk factors for hepatic fibrosis.10
Carbohydrates are your body's favorite fuel source; it breaks them down into glucose. Without a steady intake of carbohydrates, your body turns to using protein for fuel. But if you also are limiting how much protein you eat, your body is forced to burn stored fat as its primary source of fuel. That can result in weight loss, and ketones are a byproduct of burning fat.
"Most people I have worked with don't benefit from VO2 max testing," he says, explaining that the test can be discouraging if a client thinks they are in better shape than they are. "I don't like delivering discouraging news, so I only do VO2 max if either someone is completely lost, very stubborn and apparently unfit (to give them objective data), or very fit and wants to know their numbers."
"Most people I have worked with don't benefit from VO2 max testing," he says, explaining that the test can be discouraging if a client thinks they are in better shape than they are. "I don't like delivering discouraging news, so I only do VO2 max if either someone is completely lost, very stubborn and apparently unfit (to give them objective data), or very fit and wants to know their numbers."
The outlook and outcome for a patient depends upon the underlying diagnosis. Interestingly, in patients with cirrhosis, there may be little correlation between the amount of damage found on liver biopsy and the ultimate outcome. A patient may never develop symptoms and have a normal life-span or may develop significant symptoms with seemingly minimal disease.
What to eat for a fatty liver Fatty liver disease damages the liver, preventing it from removing toxins and producing bile for the digestive system. Making good dietary choices and exercising regularly can effectively manage fatty liver disease. Eating natural foods that are high in fiber and protein can provide energy and help the body feel full. Read now
Boost your fiber intake by switching to whole wheat bread, pasta, and eating more fruits and vegetables. Research shows that some fiber can rev your fat burn by as much as 30%. Studies find that women who eat the most fiber gain the least weight over time. Aim for about 25 g a day—the amount in about three servings each of fruits and vegetables. (Here'show to sneak more fiber into your diet.)

That was the bad news. But the good news is that it’s obviously still possible to lose weight anyway; after all, plenty of people do. Understanding the hormonal adaptations that make weight loss harder can help you make a plan for combating them, and at the very least the knowledge can help you be compassionate to your body: it’s only trying to keep you alive!
Metabolism is a very important factor in your weight loss efforts. If you have been skipping meals, have vitamin deficiencies, are inactive and somewhat of a couch potato chances are your metabolism has slowed down. Your resting metabolism is the number of calories your body burns at rest. Muscle burns more calories than fat so when you are overweight your resting metabolism is slower than someone who has more muscle mass. To lose fat and not muscle which is the goal in healthy weight loss you need to have a efficient metabolism. This can be achieved by eating foods that will boost your metabolism and address any vitamin deficiencies, eating frequent small meals and exercising on a regular basis.
Over 8–10 mmol/l: It’s normally impossible to get to this level just by eating a keto diet. It means that something is wrong. The most common cause by far is type 1 diabetes, with severe lack of insulin. Symptoms include feeling very sick with nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and confusion. The possible end result, ketoacidosis, may be fatal and requires immediate medical care. Learn more
An alternative to the ketogenic diet is consumption of drinks containing exogenous dietary ketones, such as ketone esters (KE) and ketone salts (KS). The metabolic effects of KS ingestion have been reported in rats (Ari et al., 2016; Kesl et al., 2016; Caminhotto et al., 2017), in three extremely ill pediatric patients (Plecko et al., 2002; Van Hove et al., 2003; Valayannopoulos et al., 2011) and in cyclists (O'Malley et al., 2017; Rodger et al., 2017). However, the concentrations of blood βHB reached were low (<1 mM) and a high amount of salt, consumed as sodium, potassium and/or calcium βHB, was required to achieve ketosis. Furthermore, dietary KS are often racemic mixtures of the two optical isoforms of βHB, d-βHB, and l-βHB, despite the metabolism of l-βHB being poorly understood (Webber and Edmond, 1977; Scofield et al., 1982; Lincoln et al., 1987; Desrochers et al., 1992). The pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of KS ingestion in healthy humans at rest have not been reported.
Instead of focusing on a specific gram amount, Ysabel recommends choosing sugar-containing foods that are fiber-rich, such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, which can help you lose weight because "they are absorbed more slowly into the body and can keep you fuller longer." Refined sugar and sweets, on the other hand, are digested quickly and cause a spike in blood sugar, leading to an inevitable crash, which can mess with your insulin levels and cause weight gain. While Ysabel recommended to limit added sugars and refined carbs, Ana said she tells her clients to choose packaged foods that have less than 10 grams of sugar on the label.

Still, it is important to recognize that some fruits, like papaya, pineapple, and mango, are higher in natural sugars than other types of fruit. That’s not an issue for most people, but those with type 2 diabetes should be mindful of portion size with these kinds of fruits, due to their potential to spike blood sugar. Fruits like raspberries, apples, and oranges have a relatively lower risk of throwing blood sugar levels out of whack.
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Cirrhosis of the liver refers to a disease in which normal liver cells are replaced by scar tissue caused by alcohol and viral hepatitis B and C. This disease leads to abnormalities in the liver's ability to handle toxins and blood flow, causing internal bleeding, kidney failure, mental confusion, coma, body fluid accumulation, and frequent infections.
Conclusion: In summary, these findings demonstrate that maintenance of weight loss and exercise in overweight patients with liver disease results in a sustained improvement in liver enzymes, serum insulin levels, and quality of life. Treatment of overweight patients should form an important component of the management of those with chronic liver disease.
It may be tempting to blame your metabolism for weight gain. But because metabolism is a natural process, your body has many mechanisms that regulate it to meet your individual needs. Only in rare cases do you get excessive weight gain from a medical problem that slows metabolism, such as Cushing's syndrome or having an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism).
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