I have 2 cats. One of them is skinny. The other is a bit fatter. He used to be a LOT fatter. But after his last visit to the vet, I put him on the Cruise Control Diet.
Because, like many other pets, the poor guy was headed for serious health problems if he didn’t lose weight. That’s right, our obesity epidemic is affecting our furry companions just as much as us.
Don’t you think that’s crazy?
Now, why do you think he got fat to begin with? Simple: I was feeding him the wrong food – the same stuff the pet food companies market as healthy… and… even our vet recommends.
But you see, that’s the problem. We’re being told to eat unnatural diets that make us fat and sick. But when you stop eating the foods you’re not supposed to (foods you’ve been wrongly told are good for you) the pounds come off effortlessly.
It’s happened to me, it’s happened to friends who’ve taken my advice, readers of the CCD, and now even my cat. Just take a look at the picture below:
That’s my tabby cat at his fattest – a whopping 25.5 pounds! The poor guy was always tired, stopped played with his (much thinner) brother who he dearly loves, and even developed sleep apnea. He had gotten so fat he would snore throughout the night and wake up from the lack of air.
The worst part is that I felt powerless to do anything about it. I tried giving him less food but that just made him irritable and cranky. After a few days it was obvious that wasn’t going to work. I also tried playing with him more but he was never interested – always preferring to lie down and sleep.
So, how the heck do you deal with an animal who clearly lacks the “willpower” to slim down? Who apparently could care less about his health?!!!
Well, as it turns out, animals don’t need willpower to stay in shape. Just the right food – food that nature intended for them. I don’t know why I didn’t put 2 and 2 together before. But it took a well-written article from a vet who actually has a clue to open my eyes to the fact that cats aren’t supposed to be eating dry food.
How can that be, you ask? Especially with brands like Science Diet touting the benefits of their “formulas”?
Simple: dry food is loaded with carbs and other ingredients that wreak havoc on a cat’s metabolism. After all, they’re meat eaters. They hunt mice in the wild, they don’t eat corn! Of course they’re going to get fat and sick when you feed them the latter.
To make a long story short, I immediately cut the dry the food from my cats’ diet and switched to can food. And in a mere six months my fat cat went from 25.5 pounds to 18! That’s a 7.5 lb. loss or 29.4% of his bodyweight! Here are a couple of pictures I took this morning:
Look at that svelte waist! Of course, he still has a few pounds to go. But he’s a totally different pet – always playing and happy. Furthermore, he no longer snores at night and the sleep apnea is all but gone.
The best part is that he will never again have a weight problem in his life. That’s the benefit of eating the right foods. You lose any weight you may have accumulated (easily) and don’t have to worry about gaining it back.
But the main takeaway from this story is this: weight loss (or weight management) is not about willpower. It’s about proper food choices. Sure, that does require some form of restraint, but much less than you’d imagine. Additionally, if you’re relying on willpower to get and stay in shape, chances are you’ll never achieve your goals.
With that said, if my cat can easily lose so much weight – so can you and anyone else for that matter. Therefore, if you’re looking for a solution to get in shape, this is it. Don’t put it off for another moment. Start now so you too can enjoy the benefits of a better body and great health.