January 12, 2012 12:00 PM by Lisa Princ
Alison Sweeney, of NBC‘s The Biggest Loser and Days Of Our Lives is an advocate for keeping her family healthy and fit – including her dog, Winky! Alison is taking part in the Million Pound Pledge, for healthy pets, and she recently shared her own tips for all of us fellow animal lovers. Read on to hear what Alison Sweeney advises for keeping your pet at a healthy weight!
The Biggest Loser‘s Alison Sweeney could not be prouder to be teamed up with Hill’s Pet Nutrition, makers of Science Diet® and Prescription Diet® pet foods to take the pledge to help their pets get healthy. The ultimate goal of the Million Pound Pledge is to help our pets get back to a healthy weight, because after all, they are part of the family too! Alison Sweeney recently shared her favorite tips to keep your pet at a healthy weight – take a look below!
Feed them right
Feeding your pet the right pet food is crucial in helping them shed a few pounds or maintain a healthy weight. I feed Winky Hill’s® Science Diet® Light to help manage her weight – not only does she love the taste but she also gets all of the nutrients she needs without the extra calories and fat.
Practice portion control
It’s not a good idea to keep your pet’s bowl completely filled throughout the day – “free feeding” leads to overeating. Try measuring out exact portions for your pet, this will help keep your pet satiated throughout the day and prevent them from eating food that’s in the bowl just because it’s there.
Scrap the table-scraps
Although it can be tough, don’t feed your cat or dog scraps from the table. Table scraps can really throw off a weight management routine. Think of it this way, if you feed a 10lb cat one cup of milk it’s the equivalent of a 5’4” woman eating three hamburgers! And do yourself a favor, keep your pet in another room when you’re preparing food – it keeps them from begging and you from caving in.
Play it forward
Who said playtime was just for kids? Get your entire family to include your pets in at least 10 minutes of play per day. From a brisk walk in the park with your dog to shining a flashlight on the floor or wall to encourage your cat to play, you’d be surprised at how big of a difference 10 minutes of activity can make when it comes to your pet’s health.
Put them on a pedestal
Just like humans, pets thrive on praise. Swapping out some treats for verbal and physical praise is a great way to reward them when they are doing well on a weight management plan. When you do want to reward your pet with treats, don’t forget to account for them during meal time!
Be sure to join the Million Pound Pledge and watch Alison’s weight management tip videos visit www.PetFit.com or Facebook.com/HillsPetUS. If your pet is overweight, Hill’s® Science Diet® Light provides precisely balanced nutrition to help dogs and cats achieve and maintain their ideal weight. With 30 percent less fat and 19 percent fewer calories than Hill’s® Science Diet® Adult Advanced Fitness Original and Hill’s® Science Diet® Adult Optimal Care™ Original formulas, Hill’s Science Diet Light is created with high-quality ingredients for a great taste pets are sure to love.
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