I’m starting to work on my beach body. Summer is right around the corner and I’d like to lose my holiday weight. The issue is that I don’t want to tell my mom to stop giving me treats! I love them so much and she loves to give them to me. Any advice on losing weight while still getting my treats!?
~A Super Fluffy Lab
Dear A Super Fluffy Lab,
There are so many treat options it will make your head spin. Now is the time to start! You don’t want to lose too much weight too fast because that can hurt your insides, like your liver and kidneys. You really want to pay attention to your calorie intake. See one of your favorite doctors to find your exact number, but if you just want to replace your treats with something healthy, I have a few ideas,
- If you’re on a special diet because you have allergies or urinary problems, convince your mom to buy you canned food. Believe it or not, she can bake you treats! Tell her to use a melon baller or spoon out some drops of wet food on a cookie sheet and bake (350 degrees for 20 minutes) and voila! Homemade dog treats that don’t hurt your specific diet. I believe that Royal Canin is starting to make treats that go with your diet as well!
- If a special diet isn’t your thing, try people food. Yes, people food! Diced apples are my favorite people-treat but I also love carrots. Some other options are cauliflower, green beans, peas, bananas, & asparagus. Just remember that too much of these treats won’t help you lose weight.
The key to losing weight is moderation. Tell your mom to maybe cut out 1 treat every other day and 10% out of your meals. It sounds scary, but you won’t even notice, I promise. Don’t hesitate to call your favorite doctor and leave a message. They can give you advice on what to eat over the phone and of course you can come in the office anytime, without an appointment, to see how much you weigh. If you want to come in bi-weekly, the technicians can weigh you and see how you’re doing. Good luck fitting into that itty bitty bikini, and remember, summer is only a couple months away.