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The Alarming Truth About Low Calorie Dog Food

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It seems today that having created the problem in the first place, the entire commercial dog food industry has jumped onto the low calorie dog food band wagon.

It’s like they made your dog obese, now they want to charge you extra to remedy the problem they created. Except of course, they’re not. Because the chances are that the low calorie dog food they want to charge you a premium for, probably contains more calories than their normal dog food. More calories than the food that created the problem in the first place. Like that makes sense!

IF YOU WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT, CUT THE CARBS

If you want to lose weight, you’re generally advised to reduce the number of carbs in your diet. That’s the conventional wisdom. Right? Not to cut them out altogether of course. Carbs are good and we all need at least some in our diet because they provide energy amongst other things. But at least cut down on them a bit. That theory applies to both you and I and our dogs by the way.

THE LAST THING YOU DO IS INCREASE THE CARBS

The funny thing is though that in order to make kibble (dry dog biscuit to you and I), manufacturers need to add a lot of carbs. Carbs contain starch and starch is essential to the kibble making process. The starch in carbs is what gives dry dog biscuit its structure and texture and binds the ingredients together. It doesn’t do a lot else of course. But then why would commercial dog food manufacturers care about that?

AND WHAT’S ALL THIS STARCH?

But commercial dog food manufacturers don’t just add a lot starch. They add masses of it. Mainly because it’s dirt cheap. Because, like everything else in commercial dog food, it’s a by-product which would otherwise be sent to landfill. And dirt cheap ingredients are hugely important when your main goal in life is to maximise profit at any cost. Even if that cost is to the health of our beloved pets.

Because when that starch is broken down, it produces glucose. Glucose produces energy which is fine, but any glucose surplus to requirements is stored in the body as fat. Exactly the opposite effect you’re looking for in a low-calorie product. That’s one of the reasons both the canine and the human population have continued to gain weight despite the ever-increasing array of low-calorie and fat-free foods on the market today. They (and we) would be better off eating normal food. Just a bit less of it!

WE’RE BEING SOLD A BILL OF GOODS

So, the question is, how on earth can anyone expect their dog to lose weight eating a low-calorie dog food that’s rammed to the rafters with carbohydrates? It’s nonsense. It doesn’t add up. Anyone who pays a premium for low-calorie commercial dog food is, as the Americans would put it, being sold a bill of goods!

THE PROPER WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT

If you really want to help your dog lose weight, here’s an idea. Feed it less. Feed it less and exercise it more. Better still, feed it good quality homemade food and exercise it regularly. Weigh it frequently, and then if necessary, feed it less.

Because you’ll find that feeding your dog properly, he or she will eat less anyway. So your dog will be fitter, healthier and happier all round. So will you. Because you and your best friend are likely to be together for an awful lot longer!

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If you need my assistance with helping your best friend lose weight, please contact me for a life-changing Weight Loss Consultation.

Gerald Pepin

Gerald Pepin

Canine Nutritionist

Gerald Pepin is a qualified canine nutritionist, writer, speaker and homemade dog food advocate. Gerald believes that good nutrition can improve or cure most canine health problems and that the natural way is always the best way when it comes to healing man's best friend. A life-long lover of German Shepherds, Gerald and his wife The Dog Chef have two GSDs and live in rural Somerset.

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