First, congratulations on taking this important first step in reducing your weight to a healthy level! I salute you.
Second, be sure you've received the OK from your health care provider to undertake a diet and exercise program. If your doctor has cleared you to exercise, then your shortness of breath may be normal simply due to your current size.
Don't let this discourage you. It may not be realistic for you to expect to perform, say, 20 minutes of aerobic activity at this point. That time will come. Right now, 2 minutes might actually be more realistic for you. I'd suggest you start with simply walking. If you can manage to walk for 2 minutes 10 times a day, there's your 20 minutes. Do that every day, and you'll gradually build up stamina.
If you've been watching one of those television shows where 300+ pound people engage in vigorous workouts and lose dramatic amounts of weight quickly, I'd suggest you stop watching. In my opinion
, those programs do not depict a realistic vision of exercise for people who weigh over 300 pounds. The workouts shown on those programs are closely monitored by an entire medical team and can be dangerous for the average, unsupervised exerciser.
Again, I can't stress how much I admire you for your determination. Try checking out WebMD's Diet Community
for support and access to experts who can help you on your journey.
Be patient. It may take you quite some time to lose all the weight you want to lose. Remember to set intermediate goals and rewards along the way to stay motivated.
Best wishes to you!
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