Our expert says:
I hate to pass the buck on any question, but I think trying to find a way around a medical problem is ultimately going to be defeating. I think your best option is to figure out the problem and treat it, because having had the clot, and the various complications around it, it's clear that the problem still persists.
Regarding weight loss, the good news (or least, the practically good thing) is that diet is far more effective in the early stages of weight loss than exercise, and so you can actually still do a great deal while you are not exercising. I find it interesting that despite your healthy diet, you have not lost weight, and that does suggest to me that you perhaps need to see a dietician and speak about what you're eating, when you're eating and how much you are eating, because being healthy has all these little nuances that sometimes get overlooked. So that would be the most powerful thing you can do.
In terms of the exercise and getting back into it, I don't nkow whether you have consulted a vascular specialist - I presume so, given that you had surgery, but in the rehab phases, whether or not you have, I'm not sure. There are also a number of supervised rehabilitation groups specifically for people who have had some kind of cardiovascular problems, where an expert in these conditions and exercise can assess, and this may also help. I'm not sure where you are, but I would hope that a doctor would be able to refer on to a cardiac disease unit of some kind?
But honestly, it's diet that will hold the biggest key to weight loss, so the dietician is going to be the most effective way to tackle your goals.
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