How to Lose Weight after a Heart Attack

How to Lose Weight After a Heart Attack?

Heart disease is frightening and it can happen to anyone. Heart disease is the number one cause of death and the number one preventable disease. Yes preventable! But if you have heart disease or heading down this path overweight is a big risk factor to heart disease.

How do you lose weight after a heart attack? When you are diagnosed with heart disease it can be overwhelming. Well you can’t dwell over the past and now have to be resilient for the future. It becomes very important to now focus on all your modifiable risk factors to heart disease.

Yes you should stop smoking. Yes you should lower your stress, cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and weight! Your doctor probably told you that you have to lose weight. Well what should you do?

Losing weight after a heart attack can be difficult. You may have been prescribed all these new medications to manage your disease. Having to worry about what you eat, how to eat, and exercise is important but you have to set yourself up with the right cardiac rehabilitation program, online program or coach.

Absolutely this is important, and we have seen many successful people lose weight with heart disease. However there is a reason our programs are not a “weight loss” clinic. Weight loss is important and it will come. But the priority is to first get you healthy. Heart Fitness is more important than losing weight!

Heart Fitness is more important than losing weight states the latest research. Yes those who are in a “healthy” body mass index (<25) yet unfit are at substantial increased risk versus those who are in an “unhealthy” body mass index (>25) but are fit. It becomes more about managing your weight and improving your cardiovascular fitness especially after a heart problem more than anything else. As I always state. Exercise is medicine so make sure you take your daily dose.

A study of 15,000 men published in Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Association, found that maintaining or improving fitness levels was associated with a lower risk of dying, even if bodyweight increased or remained the same.  Researchers also found that increased levels of activity, measured over a period of six years, was associated with a 19% lower risk of heart and circulatory disease.  

I know you may be struggling with your weight but start with your heart! Get active on a daily basis. The weight loss will come with exercise, nutrition and stress management but don’t let that be your focus. Gets your heart beating for heart health success.

To your success,

Diamond Fernandes

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