It’s All About the Liver (but isn’t the weight loss an amazing side effect!?)


You know when you get THAT diagnosis? The one you’ve been wanting to deny? The one you were hoping was wrong? Deep down, you know it’s time to make a change.

My background includes doctors ignoring my liver numbers for many years even with a family genetic disease including Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. I am truly grateful for my recent doctor that decided to investigate further and, with my genetic background, referred me to a specialist.

That was exactly a year and a half ago. Through blood work and a Fibroscan, my doctor diagnosed me with stage 2-3 NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease). Thankfully, the biopsy showed it was not the Alpha-1 disease specifically, though I am very low in the particular protective enzyme. Though my specialist admittedly knew nothing about nutrition she was emphatic about one specific thing: NO FRUCTOSE. When I started to ask dietary questions, she recommended Mediterranean to start and sent me off to a dietician.

Many of us have dealt with dieticians and know that low carb/Keto is not on the list of options nearly enough. My experience was no different. I lost around 15-20 pounds with lots of exercise on a “Mediterranean” diet. I also was able to get my liver numbers back to normal BUT…my dietician was all about moderation of carbs/sugar which was my downfall. See, I’m a sugar addict. Truly, I could live on sugar for every meal…well, really, I couldn’t because it would have killed me in the end. My liver wasn’t too happy with me. But, I digress…

That “moderate” sugar and carb intake spiralled out of control in a long winter laced with some low-grade depression. I ended up at my highest weight ever, skipping my quarterly liver bloodwork until the very last minute at my annual check in with my liver specialist. In May of 2019, I was 230 pounds and all of my liver numbers had skyrocketed PAST the levels that they had been at my initial diagnosis just a year before. But this time, this wasn’t just information, it was a wake up call. If I continued to live like this, my liver disease would continue to progress.

This time, I was ready to tackle it and I now knew that moderation of sugar was not my friend. Desperate to learn how to control the cravings, I fell into Keto somehow. In my podcast search, 2 Keto Dudes appeared and BAM, my life changed. After listening to a few episodes that peaked my interest, I started at episode number 1 and listen daily. This is the science, motivation, and explanation that I needed to tackle this.

All I have to say is…It worked. Only four months in and I have reversed ALL of my liver enzymes! Nearly every single one is now in the normal range, with the remaining two being only 3 and 4 points away! I nearly jumped for joy and fell over from disbelief all at the same time.

Oh and that pretty cool side effect? 230 lbs down to 192.4 (so far!)

(Susan) #2

Welcome to the forum @KEA-FarNorth and congrats on your weight loss so far, you are doing great. Keep up the good work, and best wishes for your continued Keto journey and being a very healthy you! You already look so much healthier, that is terrific.

(Full Metal KETO AF) #3

You can see it in your face. :blush: Congratulations on a tough job well done and best wishes going forward with your journey to better health. :cowboy_hat_face:

(Karen) #4

@carl I think this would be a lovely shout out on your podcast. She has a great story

(squirrel-kissing paper tamer) #5

What a wonderful story, thanks for sharing! Congratulations on your success, keep it up. :+1:

('Jackie P') #6

Wow! That is trully amazing!

(Polly) #7

What a fabulous testimony for this way of eating. So glad to hear you have put your health at the top and taken things in hand to such good effect.


Thank you Susan! I have been here for awhile doing lots of reading. It’s a treasure trove of information!


It took a few years to put my health first but I finally got there. I just hope that it helps someone else to read this. The “fear” of Keto is shared far too often on the internet and I want to help people overcome that! It’s always a fine line you walk when encouraging someone to make changes. Finding your “WHY??” Is such a great motivator. I know there are many who have diabetes as their “why”. I find that there is less out there about the other diseases that keto helps. That’s why I decided to share my story.


Thanks, Karen! That’s so kind. I really hope that more people with diseases outside of diabetes can see the benefits of Ketogenic eating. Sugar has massive effects on our body and diabetes is the poster child for that, but the damage can manifest in so many other ways as well.

(Marianne) #11

I’m really happy for you. In spite of my obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and probably pre-T2D, the one diagnosis that bothered me the most was “fatty liver.” For some reason, that is the one that really drove home how unhealthy I was. Haven’t had any bloodwork done, but after seven months of strict keto, I figure it must be a lot better.


I bet that your numbers have improved! It’s always nice to see those changes!