TIP: Try replacing cow's milk with almond milk and choose grass-fed products. Instead of meat, use legumes like black beans or chickpeas as well as root vegetables like carrots and beets. Mushrooms are a great meat substitute since they can have a similar consistency, and they're both flavorful and filling. Instead of eating meals where meat is the main dish, make soups or stews or chili. With these dishes it is easy to cut back on some meat and throw in more vegetables instead.
In an earlier study, we demonstrated that in the short term, weight loss reduced hepatic steatosis and fibrosis in patients with chronic HCV.11 In the current study, we demonstrated a similar early histological improvement in an additional small number of patients with obesity related fatty liver disease. Although liver biopsies were not performed at 15 months, it is likely that the sustained improvement in ALT and fasting insulin in patients who maintained weight loss was accompanied by a sustained reduction in hepatic steatosis and necroinflammatory activity. With long term weight maintenance there is likely to be an even greater resolution of hepatic fibrosis.
It’s only with daily physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices that you can, for example, lose 20 pounds in 30 days. The interest in raspberry ketones is out there, and there has been an increase in scientific research. Hopefully more evidence involving human experiments will clear up this controversial topic, but for now the results are unclear.
Hi Joanna, 1st at all congrats for the blog, it’s awesome! I have a doubt that I can’t find the asnswer of. My cortisol Salvia results show that my cortisol is very high the whole day and my DHEA low. I like to workout (strength training) and I read that working out empty stomach makes the cortisol higher. Instead, having carbs before going to gym helps to control the cortisol when working out. Is that true? If I workout at 6am, would that also work? Thanks in advance 🙁
The aim of this study was to assess weight loss and its risk factors during liver disease and up to the first appointment after transplantation. Patients who underwent LTx were retrospectively assessed for weight loss during liver disease while on the waiting list for LTx. The usual weight of the patients before disease and their weight on the first outpatient appointment after transplant were considered. Demographic, socioeconomic, lifestyle and clinical variables were collected to assess risk factors using a linear regression analysis. We retrospectively evaluated 163 patients undergoing LTx between 1997 and 2008.
Coyle recommends finding a qualified clinic or exercise physiologist for the best experience. He says the equipment matters—there are good ones and there are cheap ones—but the investment should be in a qualified tester. "Precision matters in this testing, but again, I'll say the most important thing is the consult itself. The interpretation and the lens through which the tester is looking when giving the guidance."
Dr. Stephen Phinney, who has been doing research on ketogenic diets since the 1980s, has observed that people don't do as well when they are consuming a lot of these oils (mayonnaise and salad dressings are a common source). This could be because omega-6 fats can be inflammatory, especially in large amounts, or some other factor. In his studies, people didn't feel as well or perform as well athletically.
In terms of epigenetic signaling, initial studies of the effects of BOHB on class-1 histone deacetylase activity against oxidative stress (Schimazu 2013), NLRP3 inflammasome suppression (Youm 2015), mouse longevity (Roberts 2017), and other epigenetic regulatory effects suggest that levels as low as 1 mM have potent effects. Furthermore, the association between very mild ketonemia and reduced coronary mortality with SGLT2 inhibitor use in patients with type 2 diabetes (Ferranini 2016) suggests that there might be clinical benefits with chronic BOHB levels as low as 0.3 mM (Gormsen 2017. Vetter 2017).
At each meal, focus on building a healthy plate that includes quality, lean protein, like poultry and fish, a moderate amount of healthy fats, like avocado and olive oil, and foods that have naturally occurring fiber, like green, leafy vegetables and whole grains. Aim for foods that have 3 grams of fiber or more per serving. “All of that helps slow down the rate at which your body breaks down [carbs] and uses it for energy,” Lemond explains. “Focus on what to put on your plate instead of what to leave off your plate.”
The increase in LDL apoB-100 FCR was significantly correlated with the fall in RBP-4 (r = −0.546, P < 0.05) but not with changes in adiponectin or insulin; in a regression model including all three variables, the regression coefficient for RBP-4 as a predictor of LDL apoB-100 FCR was significant (β coefficient = −0.583, P = 0.01). The association between LDL apoB-100 FCR and RBP-4 also remained significant in regression models including RBP-4 and two extra predictors selected from changes in visceral ATM, subcutaneous ATM, total ATM, triglycerides, NEFAs, and lathosterol. The decrease in HDL apoA-I FCR was significantly correlated with changes in adiponectin (r = −0.561, P < 0.05), but not with changes in RBP-4 or insulin; in a regression model including all three variables, the regression coefficient for adiponectin as a predictor of HDL apoA-I FCR was significant (β coefficient = −0.555, P = 0.014). This association also remained significant in regression models including adiponectin and two extra predictors selected from changes in visceral ATM, subcutaneous ATM, total ATM, triglycerides, NEFAs, and lathosterol.
I am so sorry to hear about the difficult journey your daughter has had. Unfortunately, we cannot offer any specific medical advice via this forum and, with your daughter’s complex medical history, it would be imperative for her to have medical supervision if attempting ketosis. There are specialists that work with the ketogenic diet as an adjunctive therapy for cancer treatment, so that may be a place for you to start searching. Good luck to your daughter and your family.
Changes in weight, waist circumference, and dietary intake were assessed using paired t tests. Changes in the degree of steatosis, stage of fibrosis, or grade of inflammation over the intervention period were assessed using the Wilcoxon signed rank test. Differences in mean anthropometric, biochemical, and metabolic factors between patients who maintained or regained weight were assessed using the Wilcoxon rank sum test. Categorical data were compared using a χ2 test. All analysis was carried out using SPSS software version 10.0 (SPSS Inc. Chicago, Illinois, USA). Statistical significance was taken at a level of 5%.
The success of weight maintenance in our study was probably due to the initial intensive programme combined with long term follow up. Increasing, the length and frequency of standard dietetic intervention improves long term success.31 In addition to the substantial cost of chronic liver disease to the health care system, the reduced HRQL in our patients illustrates the significant personal and social burden on those afflicted. Comorbid conditions such as obesity significantly contribute to the reduced feeling of well being in these patients, irrespective of disease severity. This study demonstrates that investment in weight reduction has the ability to reduce risk factors associated with progression of liver disease, decrease abnormal liver enzymes, improve quality of life, and in a proportion of patients improve histological features of liver injury. Importantly, these changes were achievable and sustainable with relatively small but persistent changes in lifestyle. These results suggest that treatment of overweight patients should form an important component of management of those with chronic liver disease.
The role of increased BMI and steatosis as comorbid factors in the progression of fibrosis has important therapeutic implications. Although gradual weight reduction is recommended as a first step in the management of patients with obesity related fatty liver, there are a paucity of long term outcome data on the effect of modest weight loss on liver disease or associated metabolic factors. We have previously reported the early results of a three month weight reduction programme in patients with steatosis associated with chronic HCV.11 Modest weight loss in these patients was associated with an improvement in abnormal liver enzymes due to a reduction in steatosis, and in some patients an improvement in necroinflammatory activity and fibrosis. However, the effect of modest weight loss on liver histology and metabolic factors in patients with NAFLD and other chronic liver diseases is less clear. In addition, there are no data on the ability of patients to sustain weight loss long term and the effect of subsequent weight maintenance or regain on liver disease and metabolic parameters.
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.
According to Christianson, when your liver gets healthy again, your energy returns. My personal experience tells me that’s true. I’m pretty sure that everything I did to keep my liver healthy during those 30 years – which included but was not limited to totally eliminating alcohol since 1982, avoiding Tylenol for the same time period and following a strict nutritional regimen (left) — is the reason why my energy never flagged and I never experienced the crushing fatigue typical of hep C.
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If our metabolism slows down because of hormonal changes, such as menopause, we can see how important the overall health of our body chemistry is to our metabolism and weight loss. Women can struggle with weigh loss after menopause because the loss of the female hormones decreases the rate of metabolism, as estrogen is an intracellular metabolic hormone as well as a reproductive hormone. Pregnancy increases our metabolism are we are processing additional nutrition and energy to accommodate the nutritional needs of the growing fetus.
What's more, your blood pressure decreases within 20 minutes after quitting, according to the Mayo Clinic. Risk of heart attack lowers within 24 hours of quitting smoking, and within a year the risk of heart disease is just half that of someone who smokes. Heart disease risk drops to levels similar to people who have never smoked within 15 years of quitting.
Carbohydrate: Most of what determines how ketogenic a diet is will depend on how much carbohydrate is eaten, as well the individual's metabolism and activity level. A diet of less than 50 or 60 grams of net (effective) carbohydrate per day is generally ketogenic. Some sources say to consume no more than 20 grams of carbohydrates per day, while others cite up to 50 grams, and many recommend no more than 5 percent of calories from carbs. However, athletes and people with healthy metabolisms may be able to eat 100 or more grams of net carbohydrate in a day and maintain a desired level of ketosis. At the same time, an older sedentary person with Type 2 diabetes may have to eat less than 30 net grams to achieve the same level.
But before I gave up the sweet stuff, I questioned what it would do to my body-would I crave it more than usual? Is there such a thing as a sugar detox? "There are many theories on sugar and addiction, but I don't think there's any concrete evidence proving that a person can be addicted to sugar," says Marie Spano, R.D. and sports nutritionist for the Atlanta Hawks. She thinks the habitual intake and oh-so-good taste are actually what make it difficult to kick a sugar habit (see: The Science Behind Your Sweet Tooth). No one said this was going to be easy!
If you’re hoping to lose weight, understanding your metabolism can help. “‘Metabolism’ is really a catch-all word for the different processes going on in the body,” Shawn Talbott, Ph.D., a nutritional biochemist, tells SELF. But when it comes to weight loss, most people are talking about energy metabolism, or how your body burns calories, he explains.
In general, moderately low–fat diets lower plasma triglyceride and LDL cholesterol concentrations while maintaining or lowering HDL cholesterol concentrations (4). In contrast with low-fat diets, low-carbohydrate, high-protein weight loss diets consistently increase HDL cholesterol but also elevate plasma LDL cholesterol (5). Previous studies have shown that weight loss with a low-fat diet decreases insulin resistance and cholesterol synthesis (6). Because the expression of hepatic LDL receptors is inversely related to insulin resistance (7) and the availability of cholesterol (8), weight loss could have a major effect in increasing the catabolism of LDL apoB-100. By decreasing plasma triglyceride levels, weight loss may also alter the metabolic fate of HDL particles. In a preliminary report of seven subjects with the use of isotopic ratio mass spectrometry to measure tracer enrichment (6), we suggested that weight loss increases catabolism of LDL apoB-100. However, the kinetic effects of a low-fat diet on LDL apoB-100 and HDL apoA-I in subjects with metabolic syndrome have not yet been formally investigated in a controlled study.
Sugar. It's been labelled "deadly", "addictive", "toxic", "sweet poison" and blamed for the rise in global obesity in recent years." Get rid of the white toxin from your diet and you'll free up your body to drop those excess kilos" (or so say anti-sugar campaigners Sarah Wilson, David Gillespie and Robert Lustig). Here are the three real reasons why I believe quitting sugar helps you lose weight.
If your doctor recommends statins or other cholesterol-lowering medications, but all means take them. “But don’t stop there,” recommends Pritikin cardiolologist Ronald Scheib, MD, FACC. “Give yourself the best chance of living heart-attack-free by adopting a healthy lifestyle like Pritikin. If you can, come to Pritikin for education in everything from fitness to cooking classes. In doing so, you’re not only lowering your cholesterol, you’re helping eliminate virtually all environmental factors that harm your heart.”
Ketones are natural chemicals that give raspberries their enticing aroma. They are phenolic compounds that also occur in berries like blackberries, cranberries, and other fruits. Although raspberry ketones have been used to add fragrance and flavor to foods and products like colas, ice cream, cosmetics, candles, soaps and candies for many years, they have recently gained attention for their alleged ability to help with weight loss.
We did not estimate the kinetics of LDL subspecies. Because in the present context the reduction in hepatic VLDL apoB-100 secretion with weight loss is likely to reflect chiefly VLDL1 apoB-100 secretion (26), we suggest that the production of LDL2 would have also decreased with weight loss. We only examined the short-term effect of weight loss followed by a 2-week isocaloric weight-stabilizing period, but we and others have shown favorable effects on lipoprotein metabolism with this regimen (6). More prolonged periods of weight maintenance can lead to rebound changes in plasma lipids that could mask the full benefit of weight loss. Our use of a primed-constant infusion of isotope (10 h) may lack precision for measurement of LDL or HDL kinetics, but this methodology has been well correlated with a bolus injection technique (20).
Dr. Davis: I started going wheat-free about 4 months ago. While I have occasionally binged (darn pizza) and for the first 1-2 months, didn’t realize the problem with gluten-free packaged foods, I am frustrated. I have gained about 15 lbs, my bad cholesterol is up as is my glucose. I have eliminated all bread products, pasta, grains, (except occasional small amounts of Quinoa and Brown rice), try to avoid wheat-containg products like spy sauce as much as possible, and cut back a lot on dairy products. Just had new bloodwork and my HDL is 66, non-hdl 154, total cholesterol is 220, total cholesterol/hdl is 3.3 (this is low risk) glucose is 91 (non-fasting).
High cortisol and low DHEA indicate the resistance stage or stage 2 adrenal depletion i.e. an early phases of adrenal exhaustion. The body cannot make enough DHEA to balance cortisol. This is a response to chronic stress. You’ll need a break from whatever that chronic stress may be – insomnia, mental, physical or emotional overload, poor diet or whatever. Failure to correct will lead to exhaustion.
The other factor significantly associated with maintenance of weight loss was insulin resistance. Weight regain was inversely associated with insulin resistance—that is, less regain was observed in patients with higher HOMA and fasting insulin levels. Although controversial, a number of studies in different population groups have shown that hyperinsulinaemia predicts a reduced weight gain over time and may be an adaptation for weight maintenance.29,30 The mechanisms linking the association between insulin resistance and weight gain remain to be determined but this factor may be useful for predicting those patients at higher risk of weight regain after lifestyle interventions.
The key is to recognize these phenomena as nothing more than part of weight loss and the inevitable mobilization of fatty acids into the bloodstream. Accordingly, decisions should not be made based on these values, since they are transient. Your doctor will likely try to push hypertension medication, statin drugs, fibrate drugs, diabetes drugs . . . all for a transient effect. Is there a way to not experience these changes? Sure: liposuction. To my knowledge, there is no way short of extracting fat with a trocar to avoid these changes.
Liver biopsy specimens were fixed in 10% neutral buffered formalin and embedded in paraffin. Steatosis was graded as follows: 0 (<5% of hepatocytes affected); 1 (5–30% of hepatocytes affected); 2 (30–70% of hepatocytes affected); or 3 (>70% of hepatocytes affected). The degree of inflammation and fibrosis was assessed and graded using the modified Knodell scoring system of Ishak.21 Sections were analysed by an experienced hepatopathologist (AC) who was blinded to patient identity and time of biopsy.
Two of the major sources of calories in the American diet are starch and sugar. Starches in the form of bread, pizza and pasta rank second, fifth and seventh on the list of the top 10 ways that Americans consume calories, according to registered dietitian Suzanne Boos. Sugars in the form of grain-based desserts and soda rank first and fourth. By cutting out sugar and starch for two weeks you can lose weight, even if you don't cut your calories.
Of course, that’s easier said than done, as there are more than 50 names of sugar, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. When you read the ingredients list on your food packaging, you might not even see the word sugar! But ingredients such as high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), cane sugar, corn syrup, and brown rice syrup are indeed the sweet thing you’re looking to limit, the organization points out.
Skimping on snooze time doesn’t just leave you feeling crummy the next day. It could mess with your calorie burn. Though the relationship between sleep and weight loss is complex, research shows that sleep deprivation sets off a cascade of hormonal changes that can put the brakes on calorie burning. The lesson? Aim to get 7 to 8 hours of shuteye per night.
"If you go at dieting very vigorously your metabolism falls, so it means you lose less weight than the calories you cut," says Susan B. Roberts, Ph.D., senior scientist at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center at Tufts and founder of the online iDiet weight-loss program. "Slower dieting has a smaller effect. Once you have lost weight and stabilized, if you have been going at a moderate rate of one to two pounds per week, there does not seem to be a long-term impact. Your metabolism is lower because you are now a smaller person, but not disproportionately low."
“When the liver is overburdened by excess sugar, the liver stores it as fat,” writes Christianson. “This can trigger a potentially devastating inflammatory response, which has been linked to heart disease and some forms of cancer.” And new research suggests that fatty liver isn’t just a consequence of gaining weight, but it’s also a cause. “Addressing fatty liver syndrome is crucial in the fight to both regain health and lose inches,” says Christianson.
The rest of this article is devoted to strategies that speed up the process of unclogging your liver and improving your metabolism. These strategies are especially relevant to someone who isn't making progress, even when implementing solutions given in earlier articles. These strategies can be employed by anyone to help speed up the process. The basic solutions I gave in previous Leptin Diet Weight Loss Challenge articles, along with consistent exercise, provide the foundation for getting your liver to work better. If you are engaging the weight loss process while employing them, then your liver is improving.
Consistent exercise needs to be part of any weight loss strategy. It needs to be maintained following weight loss to ensure that your body stabilizes while you make new and more metabolically fit fat cells over time (and your old unfit ones die off). Exercise turns on genes that enhance metabolic function that simply will not turn on if you aren't active. It is more important to be consistent than intense. No matter what your current level of fitness, find activities you can do consistently, and gradually increase your intensity. Sooner or later you will get to a level of fitness that tilts fat burning in your favor, not to mention improving liver and cardiovascular health.
The issue with these studies involving rodents is that the doses are very high; in fact, the equivalent dose in humans is 100 to 300 milligrams a day, which is over 200 times greater than the average daily intake of raspberry ketones! This is a worrisome dosage, especially when compared to other fat-burning supplements that are on the market today. So although this study suggests that raspberry ketones may help to reduce liver inflammation, more studies need to be done on humans using the appropriate dosage. (5)
There's no way to directly measure how your metabolic rate changes from workout to workout, but a good gauge is how you sweat. As you burn calories at a higher rate, you'll begin to perspire sooner into your workout and more than usual. It's a simple formula to follow: Keep your metabolic rate up and lose weight; let it drop and body fat increases.
Without sufficient hydration, your body can’t complete all of its processes as well as possible, says Talbott. That includes burning calories. “One of the best things you can do is structure your drinking throughout the day,” he explains. Specific recommendations about how much you should drink vary, but try these 12 easy ways to drink more water every day. (You can also keep track of the color of your urine for a hint as to how hydrated you are.)