How a pet dog can help you lose weight!

November 20th, 2008 - 1:53 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Nov 20 (ANI): Besides protecting house from burglars, a pet pooch can help you and your family shed extra flab thats what the story of a Brit couple suggests.

Colin and Lyn Lawrence and their three kids Hannah, Toby and Lucy are a living example of the fact that a pet dog can help people lead an active life.

After being informed about a unique pilot scheme by fitness expert Joanna Hall called the Active Family Active Dog, the Brit family adopted a Labrador retriever called Barney, which united them as a family and they automatically shed weight.

Eldest daughter Hannah, 13, who was a little overweight swapped her lethargic hours before the computer for walks with Barney and within days she lost more than 2lb and nearly two inches from her waist and acquired a toned body.

The aim of the six-week programme is to boost family activity and unity, plus give dogs the much-needed exercise. And at the end of the programme, you can keep the dog.

A family dog gets everyone involved in daily activity that doesnt feel like going to the gym or being on a diet, The Sun quoted Hall, as saying.

Mum of three Lyn, who has herself lost all the extra flab, is happy to see her daughter Hannah in a more toned shape, all thanks to Barney.

Our two younger children Toby, 11, and Lucy, eight were quite active with various after-school activities, while me and older girl Hannah had quite sedentary lifestyles, Lyn said.

Lucy had nagged us for years to get a dog so the programme gave us the excuse, Lyn added.

The family has experienced improvements in blood pressure and cardiovascular fitness, and they feel much happier. (ANI)

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