Hi! Welcome to the team. I have CHF, and I have a defibrillator - in fact, I'm on my second implant. The surgery is much less dangerous if you are not obese. How much weight do they suggest you lose beforehand?
One of the easiest ways to cut out some calories is to stop eating gravies and dressings. Put lemon juice or flavored vinegar on your salads, put cranberry sauce on your turkey instead of gravy, put chopped tomatoes and a bit of pesto on your spaghetti instead of half a cup of commercial tomato sauce. I lost 40 pounds in the 6 months after I first got diagnosed with CHF, and it was mostly by:
(1) eating less of everything, and
(2) just having raw fruit and vegetables for lunch most days - no cooking, no bread, just a couple of pieces of fruit and a couple vegetables - a tomato or a handful of grape tomatoes, a couple of carrots, a cucumber, whatever looked good.
One suggestion: take up a hobby that keeps your hands and eyes busy, such as knitting or crocheting or cross stitch or needlepoint. That way, you won't be looking at food, your mind will be on something else entirely, you won't want to get your fingers dirty with food, and as an added bonus, you'll produce a lot of homemade holiday gifts for people and save money!
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| current weight: 161.0