My Dog-My Weight Loss Partner

My Weight Loss Partner

My Dog-My Weight Loss Partner

A tribute to my fur baby.

My Weight Loss Partner

Reposting as a tribute to my baby who left us for heaven today.

I am a mom of three kids; a son and a daughter who are my biological children and an adopted one who is a Black Labrador. The biological ones have grown up and are independent enough to handle their own daily life but the third one, I really doubt will ever grow up.Β He is the most pampered baby of mine to the extent of causing heated arguments with my daughter when in place of listening to what she has to say I seem to be more worried about his “Sussu – Potty and Meal timings”. LOL, I have no shame in admitting that he is the best part of my life who listens to me, follows my instructions without answering back, makes me feel important, and is my ‘Feel Good Factor’. when I look back towards my weight loss journey I realize that although I started everything by being motivated by my daughter, was gifted and suggested weight loss apps and gadgets by my son but my third one ‘Cherub’ (meaning little angel) had always been the one who had helped me in this journey in different ways.

Now all those who are reading this and thinking “OMG! Poor woman, age is really catching up on her fast. See what she is talking about now… Crazy old woman, going wonky.” πŸ˜‰ to all those who have their thought process wandering on those lines, I wish to tell them that yes I am getting older day by day (despite my refusing to accept it), I might sound crazy at times (blame it on my dancing hormones) but what I am saying here is all facts and I am 100% in my full senses. LOL

Research shows that when people embark on weight-loss programs with supportive friends, they do better. So what if that “Supportive Friend” turns out to be a four-legged furry friend called a dog! And here I testify that dogs can be better walking partners than your best friends or even family. My pet had been assisting me mainly on two fronts:

  • Portion Control

  • Working Out

Let me begin with the first thing that is:

This is a fact of my life that when I become aware of something I start thinking about it in all directions. I started thinking about weight loss for everyone and once was commented by my kids, “Mommy, how do you feel about this big round pumpkin? Any weight loss suggestions to this round watermelon?” πŸ˜› LOL Yes, I want everyone around me to lose weight.

And here I was aware of another fact that Labradors are prone to obesity and joints related problems at a later stage in their life. The cause of pet obesity is the same as human obesity: overeating and under activity. So I decided to handle food issues first of mine and my dog’s. It began with eating together, No not from the same bowl silly ;P but the timing had to be the same. Eat every two hours and eat healthily. So we both eat curd, cucumber, tomato, and sprouts as snacks. Now the trick of how he helped in my portion control was that whatever I was eating I was sharing with him. Had a craving for rusks and biscuits, my baby was always there to keep me under control. So basically I was and still am eating less than 50% of what I want to eat (I am really glad when I am craving junk).Β Look at this, Can you deny anything to such innocent eyes?? Awww!

My Weight Loss Partner


  • Β Working Out

There was research done on the topic if pet owners were better exercisers or not. Though the results said that there was no special effect seen on the workouts of pet owners yet I feel that personally speaking my workouts and walks improved when I started taking him along on my morning and night walks. At times when I don’t feel like walking briskly, Cherub feels like running and ensures that I too run along with him. Now whether or not you feel like it, you have to do it. πŸ™‚

One thing the research also proved is that dogs made exercise more enjoyable. I can swear by my dog’s cuteness factor when he hears the familiar “Leslie Sansone beat and voice”, he can’t stop himself and stands in front of me asking for his favorite bed sheet which he loves to chew on the beat. It is amazing to find his musical sense as the speed of his chewing also increases and decreases according to the changing beat. πŸ™‚ So this experience makes me do the extra mile just to see him enjoying the beats. Every morning and late evening becomes fun with pets if you take them for long walks. They will automatically make you do Intervals. πŸ™‚

In fact, my suggestion to everyone who is wanting to lose weight is to keep a dog in your house and the breed which specifically requires a lot of exercise.Β  I and my Cherub are genetically prone to arthritis and bone-related issues so both of us are actually assisting each other in staying healthy.

And just in case if you don’t have a dog to walk with, borrow one. There is no harm in walking an elderly neighbor’s pet or exercise rescued dogs at a shelter. Believe me, it will add value to your emotions as well as weight loss efforts.

Do you think this post has inspired you to keep a pet?


  1. Thanks Vinita, He actually is a darling and has taught me so many things in life. One of those is to make innocent faces and get things done. πŸ™‚

  2. loved this post Kanan !! yes Cherub is so innocent . as u said I too show innocent faces to hubs (borrowed from my son’s looks) and get things done

  3. Eating less than 50% is wow Kanan..

    One tends to get comfortable with age thinking now i have kids i don need to lose to much weight etc etc..All sorts of excuses one keep giving themselves but your motivation and in depth knowledge with love of sweets is encouraging.

  4. Anamika that is the funniest thing because I can still never accept myself eating so less than what I used to earlier.. and still I go way beyond my 1200 calories so easily. But yes now I have become selfish and love myself more than anything else in life. πŸ™‚ My health and fitness comes first now… πŸ™‚

  5. You know Kanan, reading this post made me hug my Tubby to bits, and he is sitting on my lap staring at your baby – maybe wondering why the confused look on his face too LOL.
    On a serious note; animals teach us how to be ‘human’ – unconditional love is what they give. And, yes, even when I overeat – my dog growls lol , so i know when to stop!
    much love to your family and this furry baby <3 the most


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