Liver Reduction Diet

The Liver Reduction Diet, sometimes referred to as LRD, is a diet very low in fat, sugar and carbohydrates. It is an extremely strict, short-term diet plan that results in significant weight loss via the loss of water and glycogen stored in the liver. Some dieters lose more than 50 pounds on the diet. Losing weight, though, requires lots of education about which foods to eat and how much of them to eat.


The Reason


1.                 The Liver Reduction Diet is prescribed by doctors for patients about to undergo weight loss surgery, including gastric bypass procedures. The Liver Reduction Diet is usually prescribed one or two weeks prior to surgery, but it is sometimes prescribed one or two months before surgery.  Losing weight via a liver reduction diet provides advantages for patients. It makes the surgery easier and reduces related risks. The diet seeks to reduce the size of the liver, which becomes fatty and enlarged in obese individuals. By shrinking the liver, patients are sometimes able to have their surgeries completed by laparoscopic surgery, which involves minimal invasion.


The Diet


2.                 By reducing your intake of fat, sugar and starchy carbohydrates, your body reduces stored glycogen, a byproduct of glucose consumption. Glycogen is stored in the liver and used by the muscles. Each ounce of glycogen requires 3 to 4 ounces of water. Thus, reducing glycogen stores also leads to the loss of some water. As a result, the liver shrinks. Most of the weight loss associated with the diet is from water loss, but it also leads to some loss of abdominal fat. The diet is also similar to the post-surgery diet, which focuses on low-fat, low-carb and low-calorie foods packed with lots of protein. The Liver Reduction Diet helps patients prepare for their post-surgery lives and helps doctors weed out patients who are unlikely to stick to a diet after surgery.


The Meals


3.                 A Liver Reduction Diet still includes three meals, but the meals are relatively small. The typical diet allows only 800 to 1,200 calories per day. The diet focuses on protein-rich foods. On the diet, you are asked to eat 70 to 120 grams of lean protein per day. Protein supplements, such as protein-fortified powders, are recommended. A recommended breakfast consists of a small bowl of cereal. A lunch features a small portion of lean meat or fish or a small portion of cheese. Two eggs can be substituted for lean meat. Dinner features a small portion of lean meat or fish with a small potato or 2 tbs. of pasta or rice and vegetables.

You can consume water, tea, coffee or low-calorie drinks without limitation on the Liver Reduction Diet. You also can eat two portions of fruit as snacks and drink a small amount of milk, including any used on cereal or in preparation of other foods.


By RonWhite, eHow Contributing Writer

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