I was recently diagnosed with a congenital heart defect that will require open heart surgery within the next couple of months. The right side of my heart is also enlarged and I was told to stop all forms of exercise, including walking. I have gone from exercising 6 days a week to being completely sedentary. Just walking gets me winded.
Aside from the obvious health concern, I'm also scared of regaining some of the weight I lost. My cardiologist commended me on trying to live a healthier lifestyle/losing weight and said that I should continue to maintain my weight for now and could try to continue losing with as little stress possible.
Welp, my problem is that I don't know how to lose weight without exercising. Pairing calorie counting and exercise is what worked for me with the pounds I have lost. I also have the problem that if I eat too much (not necessarily over serving or larger-portions) I get pressure in my chest due to the enlarged heart. So I'm finding myself under-eating and I know from past experience that can hinder weight loss.
I'm rambling now but I'm at loss in how to approach this. Is there anyone who's been in a similar position? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.