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What Can I Do To Loose Weight, When I Can Not Exercise Due To My Heart

A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

I have stage 4 congestive heart failure and cartiomyopathy. My left ventrical has stopped woring all together and my defribulator/ pacemaker works 100% of the time. I'm scared that my battery is going to run out faster than usual. i van not exercise due to the exercision to th heart. I have been eating two meals a day and nothing past 6pm.
I am gaining weight in stead of loosing. WHAT CAN I DO ?? Please Help !!!

posted September 16, 2020
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A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

R u on diuretics like furosemide, aldactone,and metolazone (a booster 4 water pills)?? Fluid gain is common with ChHF. Keeping salt intake 2 1,500-2,000 / day helps tremendously. Throw out canned stuff and no tv dinners, use Swiss cheese instead of others. Knox has delicious sodium free chicken bouillon tht I use at times 2 make gravy. Restricting fluid 2 64 oz/day helps. God bless. Having CHF is vry difficult, if u ask me. I hv stage 3 diastolic HF.

posted September 11, 2021
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

Since my CHF diagnosis 9 years ago my weight has steadily increased. My activity level is less than before diagnosis, for sure. However, it does not seem to matter what I do or eat; even lost weight finds its way back to me.

posted January 11, 2021
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

Honey it sounds like it’s fluid, tell your Doctor. That’s the main reason you weigh , explain to your doctor how much weight you’re gaining, you need to eat, just watch your fluid, drink water.

posted November 20, 2020
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

After cutting my carbs in half I’ve lost 10 lbs!

posted November 20, 2020
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

It could be fluid instead of weight, tell your Doctor

posted November 8, 2020
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

Avoid processed foods. Limit portions.

posted November 1, 2020 (edited)
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

Maybe some of the weight is water retention and you may need to take a diaretic? I did when I was first diagnosed in 2012 but slowly weaned off of it.

posted September 29, 2020
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

I got a South Beech Diet book from the library and got some low carb recipes out of it. I bet if you googled "low carb recipes" you may just get some tasty dishes to try. Good Luck!

posted September 25, 2020
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

I will admit I eat too many carbs. I will cut those down and see what happens.

posted September 23, 2020
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

I am having the same problem, eating no more than 1400 calories a day and during this pandemic I gained 8 pounds. How could that be? Well during my checkup with my doctor he asked me what I was eating and found out it was way too many carbs. He recommended not eating more than 60 carbs a day. So far I've lost 3 pounds in 3 weeks so maybe this information may help. I do hope so. It's a struggle when you have heart disease and just can't do the physical things you used to do. Good luck and don't give up!

posted September 22, 2020

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