My heart does not have room to effectively pump so I am unable to do much cardio? What exercise will help me lose weight?
I have pectus excavatum and my heart is turned in such a way that it is not able to effectively pump when I exercise. As a result I get dizzy and nauseous. I had a baby about 1 1/2 years ago and I am unable to get rid of an extra 20 pounds. How can I do that without overexerting? Don't I need the cardio in order to lose weight?
Most exercise programs do not cause weight loss but certainly can have benefits such as lower lipid levels, blood sugar level control, stronger heart muscle, lower blood pressure and feeling better too. The ACSM 2002 guidelines for weight loss posits that a 10% caloric reduction in fat intake can have significant impact on body weight. I would also encourage some kind of exercise, perhaps strength training with tubing or elastic bands is better tolertated for you or a mommy and me class? As a tool to help you keep on track monitor your intake everyday. There are many online food logs that are free that can help you cut out 10%. Be specific, make your goal measurable, attainable, realistic and time bound. Consider no more than one to two pounds a week and have patience. Try fitday.com or sparkpeople.com all free ways to keep mindful of food intake.
If this is an option for you, I would try this in a supervised setting so that somebody can be there immediately if you are not well.
I wish you good luck.