Age: 37 years
Timeline of progress: February 12, 2014-May 12, 2014 (i.e, 3 months)
Starting wt: 262 lbs
Starting BP: 190/106
Current wt: 227 lbs
Current BP: 139/90
Diet: Low-sodium ABS Diet/DASH diet, no red meat, no extra K+.
Workouts: Daily walking (1.5-2mi).
Lost 35 lbs mostly through diet; reduced NA+ intake to 1500mg/day. Client suffers from RX-induced lightheadedness. I’d love to help him minimize this side effect and increase his workout load.
It sounds like your client needs to be re-evaluated by his physician & possibly have his medication adjusted to his new body weight – but that’s certainly his physician’s call. He definitely made some nice progress in those 12 weeks – great job by you! But there’s got to be a reason he’s getting lightheaded, and personally, I would want his physician to get to the bottom of that before I continued working with him – better to be safe than sorry. I hope everything works out & he’s fine.
Thank you so much, Paul! I agree: this should be medically evaluated. I have (professionally) suggested that he seek a second or third opinion on the medications/treatment plan – overall it is not really working all that well for him in terms of how he feels. He has always had some issues with lightheadedness due to an inner ear problem, but it is more pronounced with Cozaar introduction. I’ll pull back on the workouts and make diet-only rec’s until there is more information from the dr. Thanks!