Losing weight can be good for our health in many ways. If you’ve lost weight in one particular way, you may increase the risk of developing a dangerous liver-related condition.

Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a condition caused by fat buildup around the liver. Symptoms include abdominal swelling, red palms, enlarged blood vessels, and liver damage. The condition is dangerous because it shows no symptoms until the late stages.

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), around 24% of Americans suffer from NAFLD. This condition is more common in people who are overweight or obese. Fortunately, it’s possible to reverse the effects of NAFLD and prevent complications with a healthy diet and regular physical activity.

Sudden Loss of Weight

While losing weight can help you avoid complications related to NAFLD, not every type of weight loss is beneficial for our health. Losing weight rapidly can actually increase the risk of NAFLD and lead to more severe health problems.

That’s why the NIDDK has established a set of rules regarding the diet that can prevent or treat NAFLD. You should try to replace saturated and trans fats with unsaturated fats and eat more food with a low glycemic index like fruits, veggies, and whole grains. Avoid foods that contain a lot of sugar. If you have NAFLD, limit your alcohol intake.

Lose Weight and Stay Healthy

Losing weight by starving ourselves or participating in strict diets usually does more harm than good. The key to losing weight and staying healthy is balance. Reduce your portion sizes, switch to a healthy, well-balanced diet, incorporate exercise into your lifestyle, and the results are sure to come.