I have CHF, and an ICD, as well as diabetes. For years I ate a low sodium, diabetic diet, and stayed at 350+ lbs. Of course I cheated..lol. Four years ago, I read Atkins, and started it. Within 1 year i was off diabetes meds. I am down 120 lbs, and my BP is 100/65. My cholesterol is 104, and my last echo was good enough that my cardiologist said if I walked in today, I wouldn't qualify for an ICD . My ejection fraction was 16%, and is now 45%.
I too, limit red meat, and eat about a lb of b/s chicken thighs a day. Sometimes I have fish, and sometimes a chili with ground beef, but both rarely. I love chicken. I don't go crazy on fat, I just limit my carbs to vegetables ( 11 servings daily ), 1 fruit daily, and have slightly more protein than normal. I get fat from butter, and oil, and eat 4 XL eggs daily. Not sure if red meat would be a problem, I just prefer chicken.
By restricting carbs, I dropped a lot of water off my heart and lungs, which helped me start to exercise more. My greatest challenges were being 350+ lbs, and not being able to exercise due to breathing difficulties. I couldn't lose because the carbs I ate made me crave more. Low carb has made it so that my CHF isn't something I even think about on a day to day basis. I still see the doctors every 3 months, but I feel great, and am continuing to lose 1-2 lbs a week.
Medication issues? The biggest one is lasix. I had dehydration problems. I used to drink a lot of pop, and they had me on 120 mg of lasix a day. Of course when that stopped, the water weight I was dropping was my regular water, not the 2 liter of pop. I got heart palpitations, and gout( other reasons for gout too ), but by dropping to 80 mg a day, and sticking to low carb, both problems are not an issue for over a year.
Russell - current BMI 31.4
197 - bmi-30
164 - bmi-25
| current weight: 192.6