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Nanneke wrote:I am a 61 yr old woman with episodic atrial fib. I've been vegetarian for about 2 1/2 yrs for health reasons(I have two brothers that are "cardiac cripples" and everyone in the family has exceedingly high cholesterol, except when on statins) I have read the China Study, Dr Esselstyn's book, Dr Barnard's books, Dr Fuhrman's book, but most recently, I read The Starch Solution, and loved Dr. McDougall's message, but it doesn't seem to be working for me. I am(and have been since puberty) overweight (I can't even admit to the numbers on this board) and although i dropped some weight when first going veg, I leveled out again. Now even sticking to TSS religiously, and walking 40 minutes most days, my weight, after the first 4 lbs, is staying the same.
I am on a beta blocker, preventatively to try to reduce the episodes of AF. I was on 2 80 mg tablets of Sotolol (canadian name) a day at first but decided to cut back to one a day with my internist's okay, as it made me feel so lazy and made my heart rate too low. My question is, for anyone who feels qualified to answer it, do beta blockers make it more difficult to lose weight? I am a nurse so I do know that they slow down many bodily functions, that is their job after all, and I just wonder whether metabolism is one of them. Has anyone else had experience with being on beta blockers and the McDougall program at the same time? I am thinking some of the Star mcDougallers may be able to respond to this. Thanks in advance for your help.
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