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Have weight problems, undergone knee surgery, implanted heart recorder device. How to lose weight?

I am a 68 year old woman with weight problems (5 1 /205 lbs); have had knee surgery for ACL , MCL and meniscus tear about 15 years ago but still have edema in knee and some mobility problems, AND broke to outer bone just above my ankle in October; am currently wearing(?) an implanted heart recorder device to determine for syncope . I know I HAVE to lose weight. Any suggestions about how to go about it?
Asked On : Sat, 5 Jan 2013
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Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

With your history of knee and heart issues your mobility would be limited so it may be necessary to lose weight through dietary modifications.
There are 2 main types of diets suggested : low fat/low calorie diet and low carbohydrate diet.
The low fat/low calorie diet involves reducing the amount of fat ingested by using low fat items, increasing the proportion of fruits and vegetables ( at least 5 servings a day- with your main meals and using them at your snack time) and eliminating sodas and fruit drinks
The low carb diet involves reducing the amount of carbohydrates used because carbohydrate intake results in increase fat in the body. IT involves reducing the amount of rice/bread/pasta/pastries/ starchy vegetables (potatoes for example), using vegetables and some fruits, using protein foods.

In some cases it may be difficult to do this on your own so you have some options: (1)you can join an online weight loss program (2) you can consult a bariatrician (weight loss doctor)(3) join a weight loss forum online for support (4) consult a nutritionist

I hope this helps and wish you the best
Answered: Sat, 5 Jan 2013
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