The diet that has helped me lose weight is low carb. I have dropped 137 lbs.
I have CHF, diabetes, A-fib. I'm 38 years old. Since losing weight, and sticking to low carb most of the time, my diabetes has been managed without meds for 30 months, my A-fib hasn't bothered me in 2 years, and my ejection fraction, has improved from 16% to 45 %. I have an ICD, but my cardiologist says if I walked in today, she wouldn't give me one. My heart strength has improved that much. Also my last BP was 98/62, cholesterol down to 104, LDL down to 51, HDL up to 33 from 24, and triglycerides below 100. I have dropped my lasix , and cholesterol pill dosage, as well as all my diabetic meds.
I stick to very low carb, but find others get similar results just by lowering their carbs, not so drastically as I do. Most important, is the types of carbs you eat. I tried a diabetic, low sodium diet for 7 years, and finally decided that low carb was less dangerous than being 350 lbs. I still stick to around 1500 mg Na.. which means I have to be careful in meat and canned vegetable selection, but it seems to be worth it.
I do have a leaky heart valve, and may soon be going to get it replaced. My cardiologist never mentioned it till I dropped the first 100 lbs. I don't think it was an option for me, at the higher weight. As a heart patient, you know I am getting tested for everything, and they were leery about low carb, even though I didn't tell them until I had lost 30 lbs, and showed improved bloodwork. I have improved in every test, and while they won't say the words " eat low carb ", they tell me to keep doing what I am doing.
I think a lot of it has to do with just losing weight. For me low carb did that, but for others different diets will work. I think if you aren't losing weight on a diet, you should try something else. The 2 that seem to be most prevalent are lower fat, or lower carb, with all other diets being a variation of one of them. Even though the reason for me not succeeding on low fat was my inability to stick to it, the diet didn't work for me.
The most important thing is to get to a healthy weight, in my opinion. Which diet helps you do that is not important.
Russell - current BMI 28.6
197 - bmi 30 - done
164 - bmi-25
| current weight: 181.0