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A Ketogenic Diet Can Cause A Fatty Liver

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Learn why the ketogenic diet is one of the causes of fatty liver disease and how you can prevent liver fat build-up in this short article. 

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Keto Diet as One of the Causes of Fatty Liver Disease

What Causes a Fatty Liver?

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Alcohol consumption and consuming a lot of refined carbs and sugar are some of the causes of fatty liver disease. But, did you know that going on the ketogenic diet will also trigger symptoms of a fatty liver? 


According to the Textbook Of Medical Physiology under the section Effect of Insulin Lack on Causing a Fatty Liver, "Strange as it may seem, though insulin lack causes dissolution of the fat stores in adipose tissue, it causes a great increase in the amount of stored triglycerides in the liver, leading to a very fatty liver."

Triglycerides Definition: A type of fat in the blood that the cells store for later use of energy.

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Add More Veggies to Your Diet to Keep Your Liver “Clean”

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I never, in my videos, recommend just a straight ketogenic diet for weight loss. I always recommend adding a bunch of veggies to the ketogenic diet because they are low in carbs. 

The high-fat diet does not specifically tell you what carbs you can consume. A piece of bread, for example, can be 20g of carbs. It also doesn't talk about the vegetable content.

What you want to do is beef up your vegetables, at least 7 cups of veggies a day to keep your liver "clean”. So, we are not going to calculate veggies into the carb requirement, just unlimited vegetables, to prevent liver failure or any diagnosis of a fatty liver. Pairing up keto with a plant-based diet is not a treatment for a fatty liver or abnormal liver, just prevention from having one.


Although the keto diet may be one of the causes of fatty liver disease, following the meal plan is not a problem. You only need to increase your vegetable intake to healthily cleanse your liver of any fat build-up. This will lower the risk of liver damage and disease. 

How many vegetables are you consuming each day? Tell us in the comments section below.

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