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Man’s Best Friend May be Man’s Best Way to Lose Weight


OAKLAND, California (May 24, 2011) - It’s no secret that obesity is an ever growing problem in America. The statistics are alarming - according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), obesity in American adults has increased by 60% within the past twenty years and obesity in American children has tripled in the past thirty years. Over one-third of American adults are obese and obesity-related deaths have climbed to more than 300,000 a year, making it second only to tobacco-related deaths.

There are many factors that contribute to this increase in obesity. One of the major culprits is American’s sedentary lifestyles. Most people know that exercise is crucial for losing weight; if calories that come in are not burned off they (unfortunately) stay on as fat – and rarely in desirable ways.

Everyone knows this, and yet, somehow, so many Americans are still – to use a euphemism borrowed from the dog world – “husky.” There is plenty of information available on the latest weight loss diets and quick-fix “easy ways to lose weight” schemes, however, according to Joy Randel, owner of Dazzle Dog Delight, “many Americans may be missing out on the easiest and most fun weight loss strategy that so many already have in their homes – a pooch!”

Many people enjoy walking to lose weight. It is an inexpensive, healthful way to get outdoors and slim down. But both formal studies and anecdotal evidence have shown that people are more likely to exercise regularly if they are accountable to someone else (that’s why exercise “buddy systems” are so successful). As Randel points out – “it is infinitely harder to say ‘no’ to a beloved dog than it is to a friend. Your friend won’t put your tennis shoe in her mouth and stare up at you with big sorrowful eyes if you have to cancel your walking date at the last minute – your dog will. And that can be a powerful motivator.”

With all the complicated discussions of how to lose weight filling the air, it may be beneficial to examine the simple things that can be done to live a healthy lifestyle. Walking, jogging and playing with a dog might just be one of the simplest and most enjoyable ways to keep the weight off, and ensure a happy, healthy dog.

After a long day of playing and exercising, most dogs enjoy the special attention that grooming provides. The healthiest grooming options are natural, organic dog shampoos or an herbal pet soap. After bath time, dogs love to be wrapped up in a fluffy dog bathrobe to settle in for some well deserved cuddle time!

Joy Randel is the owner of Dazzle Dog Delight, an online store that offers a variety of high quality dog products and accessories from organic dog shampoo to designer dog supplies. Joy is passionate about dogs and offers a FREE e-Guide on how to solve barking and other great info. To get the FREE e-Guide, visit



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