Pets and Their Owners Make the Best Weight Loss Partners
People and their pets do almost everything together. They eat together. They sleep together. And too often, they pack on the pounds together. Thanks to the Power of Two program from Jenny Craig® and Purina®, pets and their owners now have a weight loss program designed with six legs in mind.
The Power of Two program joins pets and their owners with weight loss experts: Consultants in Jenny Centers and Purina® Certified Weight Coaches in veterinary clinics. These experts develop customized eating and activity recommendations, supervise regular weigh-ins, and provide ongoing counsel and support.
“Pets are a part of the family, and they share the lifestyle of their owner, including healthy or unhealthy habits,” said Jessica Collins, Area Market Director and Consultant Trainer for Jenny Craig. “With the right tools and support, pets can make the best weight loss partners, as they can help motivate their owners to ditch bad habits and get moving.”
In working together, weight loss experts from Jenny Craig and Purina found that many of the strategies effective in helping people lose weight are also effective in helping pets lose weight. They maintain that the greatest benefit for pets and their owners is the personalized counsel offered by trained veterinary professionals and Jenny Craig Consultants.
“The support of a weight loss buddy can be invaluable, and a four-legged friend fills the role without judgment,” says Purina Certified Weight Coach Heather Prendergast. She adds that exercising with pets can actually help boost both the duration and intensity level. According to researchers in Canada, dog owners walk nearly twice as much as people without dogs,1 and a University of Missouri study determined that walking speed increases 28 percent with a dog.2
While the solution may seem simple, losing weight can be daunting for both pets and their owners. One of the greatest challenges with weight management is making the right decisions about eating and exercise.
- * Both pets and owners need specific advice, not just a vague recommendation to lose weight. They need to know what to eat, how much, and how often.
- * They also need specific recommendations for exercise, based on the owner’s lifestyle and the pet’s health.
- * Owners need to be held accountable. That means regular weigh-ins and consultations with a health professional are vital.
- * Walk before running. When beginning a new exercise program, set short-term, manageable goals and gradually increase the level of difficulty and duration.
People and pets can take the first step toward reaching a healthy weight together by signing up for the Power of Two program at www.PowerofTwoProgram.com. Among the special offers with sign-up is a choice of a free consultation from Jenny Craig for up to 90 days (plus the cost of food and shipping if applicable), and a $15 veterinary visit rebate with the purchase of Purina Veterinary Diets® OM Overweight Management® Canine or Feline Formula, available by prescription only.