In a tweet posted Friday to her nearly 3 million twitter followers, former Charmed actress Alyssa Milano responded to a fan’s inquiry about the Atkins Diet—specifically, can it be good for everyone?
According to Milano, yes, it can be good for everyone—but it’s still beneficial to check in with your doctor before starting any diet.
Be sure to set realistic goals. The Atkins diet, for example, is less about counting calories and more about limiting carbs/sugar; the body therefore burns fat for fuel, leading to weight loss. Constant fuel for the body equals consistent energy levels and reduced hunger cravings. Still, what works for Milano might not work as effectively for everyone else.
Your doctor, on the other hand, can offer helpful guidelines that might not lead to a complete transformation of your current lifestyle. You may simply be referred to a dietician for in-depth counseling about nutrition and meal options. When you speak with your doctor, bring up the following:
- Let her know your weight loss goals; ask her what steps/schedule you can take to reach these goals. Inquire about a dietician or a physical trainer (see if it is covered on your health plan)
- Ask to have your BMI and waist circumference measured. Even if you are considered thin, body fat in the stomach area is more dangerous than body fat that builds up around the butt and thigh areas. Your waist circumference can help reveal your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. A high waist circumference is 40 inches (or more) for males and 35 inches (or more) for females.
Remember, before embarking on any diet plan it’s important to consult a physician to create a healthy eating and exercise schedule that suits your lifestyle. A healthy diet can help you lose weight and decrease your chances of developing high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. The key is to set realistic goals.
Alyssa Milano twitter. 2:11 PM – 6 May 2016. https://twitter.com/Alyssa_Milano/status/728648272722583552.
“What You Should Know Before You Start A Weight Loss Plan,” familydoctor.org; http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/prevention-wellness/food-nutrition/weight-loss/what-you-should-know-before-you-start-a-weight-loss-plan.html, last accessed May 9, 2016.