How Intensive Cardiac Rehab Can Help You Lose Weight

How Intensive Cardiac Rehab Can Help You Lose Weight

You don’t want to take any chances when it comes to your heart, so if you’ve just experienced a serious heart event, you know it’s time to make some changes.

And there’s no better way to turn your life around and salvage your heart health than with the Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehab programRegency Pain & Therapy Institute in Mansfield, Texas, is the first practice in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to offer this nationally recognized, accelerated approach to cardiac rehab. We strongly encourage our patients to take advantage of this effective program, especially those who need to lose significant weight. 

Who benefits from an intensive cardiac rehab program?

There are many different heart conditions, and not everyone with a heart problem needs intensive cardiac rehab. The following five conditions qualify you for the Pritikin program:

  1. Heart attack
  2. Chest pain/angina
  3. Bypass or valve surgery
  4. Angioplasty and stents
  5. Heart transplant

If you’ve experienced any of these serious heart events and you’re overweight or obese, we’d love to talk to you about how our intensive cardiac rehab program can help you.

What to expect from intensive cardiac rehab

Your heart condition didn’t develop overnight; it took years. Likewise, rehabilitating your heart will take some time, too. In addition to expert medical care, you’ll need to adjust your lifestyle to give your heart a fighting chance. Cardiologists across the country consider the Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehab program the gold standard — and so do we.

Instead of the 36-session conventional program, the intensive version includes 72 sessions over 12-18 weeks, depending on your schedule and goals. We come alongside you with multiple resources supporting your heart health journey. 

Poor lifestyle choices account for 80% of heart conditions, so our program focuses on kicking bad habits and developing good ones. Through education, mindset changes, stress reduction, smoking cessation, nutritional counseling, and exercise, we’ve helped our patients improve their heart health.

How an intensive cardiac rehab program helps you lose weight

Our intensive cardiac rehab program would help anyone lose weight with or without a heart problem because it emphasizes healthy eating and exercise. Here are a few of the program features that help you lose weight.

Nutritional counseling

Every weight loss program involves a healthy diet, because it’s true: you are what you eat. We help you understand what constitutes a healthy diet, identify obstacles to healthy eating, stick to healthy portions, and stay accountable to your new eating habits.

Personalized exercise program

You may be familiar with the rule of thumb that calls for 30 minutes of exercise most days a week. But what kind of exercise is right for you, and what if you can’t hang in there for the full half hour? We understand that cookie-cutter approaches to weight loss usually fail, so we work with you to create a custom-designed routine to fit your abilities, goals, health status, and preferences.

Meal savvy

In addition to helping you understand the essential nutrients to keep you strong and thriving, we also help you put your newfound knowledge into practice by teaching you how to create meals that support heart health. We even give you tips on dining out and ordering in.

Stress reduction

Stress is hard on your heart, so our program includes sessions on reducing and managing stress. But stress also plays a role in weight gain, so learning to control it can benefit you in both ways.

When you’re stressed, your body produces the hormones adrenaline and cortisol to give you instant energy, which is great if you need to respond to a dangerous situation but not so good if you don’t use the extra energy. Under these conditions, your body thinks it needs more energy to handle the stress, so it craves sugar — cue weight gain.

Unfortunately, cortisol also slows down your metabolism. This should be a temporary response to occasional stress, but if you have chronic stress, you have a sluggish metabolism that leads to weight gain. 

Studies show that this intensive cardiac rehab program helps you lose weight and reduce your body mass index, waist circumference, low-density lipids, total cholesterol, and triglycerides — all good news for your heart and your weight.

To find out if you’re a good candidate for intensive cardiac rehab, call us to schedule a consultation

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