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DASH Diet Weight Loss & Maintenance

An accurate article detailing some of the health benefits I have experienced during the past 9 years, following a 1500mg sodium/day DASH diet. Moreover, in addition to a 90 pound weight loss with DASH diet and complete elimination of hypertension 7 years ago, I also experienced cessation of almost nightly, intestinal pain.

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I thought this was a helpful, short summary of the DASH diet, although I have followed a 1500 mg per day sodium limit for the past 9 years, rather than 2300 mg per day limit.  Before my 90 pound weight loss with the DASH diet, I was seriously hypertensive 170/90, so I follow the 1500 mg per day limit to keep my blood pressure in check.

 

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After much research, I decided to get a NordicTrack Freestrider Trainer so I can workout at home. Running on the road all the time, puts a lot of pressure on joints, on my back, etc and this will allow me to run anytime I want without that concern.  Love it so much so far.  I really wanted something that could be flexible!  Just a few things still needed from Nordic Track support to get it set up right, but so far I think it was a good choice!   Crossing my fingers this opinion holds after working with their support team!

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I started following the DASH diet in June 2009, on the recommendation of my doctor due to hypertension. My systolic pressure had reached 170 and he said it was an unacceptable level for someone only in their early forties.
He initially suggested medication or going on the wait list for weight loss surgery. He believed a substantial weight loss would go a long way to lowering my blood pressure. I decided against medication and surgery in favour of his final and last suggestion/possible solution, the DASH diet.
After he gave me a pager information sheet on the diet. I went home and did additional research and discovered that the effects of the diet could be enhanced for those with hypertension, by also making it very low sodium. I decided to go this route, along with with calorie restriction to lose the weight. I still follow a 1500 mg sodium limit per day to keep my now normal blood pressure, low.
After an 18 month weight loss process with DASH, ending in 2011, I lost 90 pounds and have not regained the weight since.

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How come I am only just discovering the deliciousness of dried strawberries now? Kind of like strawberry liquorice with a very similar chew, but so much better! #dashdiet

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The DASH diet that I have followed now for almost 9 years come this June, to lower my blood pressure and lose 90 pounds, just won best diet again for the 8th year in a row!!  All diet’s were rated by medical professionals and experts.  Check it out and if you are interested in learning more about DASH, you can also follow my facebook page here.

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I agree completely because the low sodium/salt DASH diet has had this same effect on me.   However, I do not believe the low sodium diet alone would not have brought my blood pressure down to normal.  It was not enough. It was not until I finished losing 90 pounds with DASH diet that my blood pressure completely receded.  Before I started with DASH, 9 years ago, I had a regular blood pressure reading of about 170/90.  Yesterday’s blood pressure reading at the pharmacy was 109/49 and I have never used BP drugs to bring my blood pressure down. It was the DASH diet, weight loss and exercise, that fixed this problem for me so many years ago.

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It is Christmas time and so the holiday parties abound.  Always a tough time for those out there just like me, always watching their calories.  Here is a photo of my husband, and I taken on Friday and my blood pressure reading photo from yesterday.

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