In the last few weeks my sudden heart attack sent me into the cardiology ward of the local hospital. Although thinking my body was generally healthy and because I do not take in sugar or salt I was somewhat amazed at the food served in the ward. Much of what I had excluded from my diet was presented to me on the tray for lunch and dinner over the course of the first day.
Not only was sugar and salt included in the meals but it was there in abundance. Observing other patients in the ward the most obvious condition was overweight. The question we all face is how to get rid of it?
While my legs, arms and upper body are relatively fat free my mid spare tyre and obvious deep fat around essential organs has seemed impossible to shift. After 2 years at the gym and a careful diet of less meat and more fish has not seen any change.
So what am I doing wrong? What steps do I need to take to achieve weight loss when it is all about weight gained? The latter has piled on over the years of changed life-style and more sedentary behaviour. The next question is how does this affect my heart?
An angiogram performed prior to discharge showed no blood clot or blockage was responsible for the attack. So what was it?
A recent CT angiogram showed a narrow blood vessel was the likely cause and the prognosis for another attack is rather grim. The doctor informed me that I will probably need a stint to open the vessel and prevent that from happening.
There remains the question of how to get rid of the fat that is causing my waistline to be so extended. I don’t drink alcohol or smoke. Nor do I snack on ‘goodies’ from the takeaway counters or supermarkets. My only indulgence is raw almonds to which I seem more addicted than ever.
If one is doing all the right things and still at risk of a heart attack or diabetes there must be a more direct and easier way of achieving weight loss. Unfortunately, I have not found a solution to this ongoing problem.