Guest blog by Dr. Donna Spector
After Faith’s weight gain during Week 4 we took another look at her calories and cut her back by another 5%. Remember: whenever your vet creates a weight loss plan—is just a starting point—a best guess. Don’t be disappointed—the plan may need to be adjusted as time goes on—which is why the weekly weigh-ins are so important.
Faith also started to tire of her zucchini during week 5 so we gave some other low calorie options for her mom to substitute. These fresh fruits and veggies provide about 40 calories per serving (measure on a gram weight kitchen scale for accuracy):
- 1/3 cup (50 grams) green peas
- 1/3 cup (50 grams) cubed sweet potato
- 1 cup (100 grams) steamed broccoli
- 1 cup (100 grams) steamed or raw carrots
- 2/3 cup (68 grams) blueberries
- 2/3 – ¾ cup (80 grams) raw apple
- 2/3 – ¾ cup (100 grams) cantaloupe
Faith didn’t get a week 5 weigh-in but week 6 brought a celebration—she had lost another 2.4 pounds in the past 2 weeks!
Faith’s mom reports she loves the raw apple and we will look forward to continued good news next week!
Faith is the second participant enrolled in the Halo Healthy Weight Challenge on THE EXPERT VET of the RADIO PET LADY NETWORK. Faith is eating a specially designed meal plan of Halo Healthy Weight natural dog food and extra veggies to help her get back to a thin and trim weight.
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