We live in a diet-obsessed age, when we lose five pounds just to gain ten, delude ourselves that the next exercise contraption we buy from that midnight infomercial will finally take that extra inch off our thighs, and become convinced that the latest diet fad of beet soup and goat's milk will help us look good in a bikini.Read more...
We live in a diet-obsessed age, when we lose five pounds just to gain ten, delude ourselves that the next exercise contraption we buy from that midnight infomercial will finally take that extra inch off our thighs, and become convinced that the latest diet fad of beet soup and goat's milk will help us look good in a bikini. But now you can forget the Zone, Atkins and South Beach It turns out that the ultimate weight-loss plan is owning a dog: Man (and woman's) best friend is the fail proof personal trainer-dietician-nutritionist you've been looking for you all your life.
That's just what Patti Lawson found in her dog, Sadie.
A diet-obsessed, single lawyer, Patti spent the winter indulging in multiple brands of chocolate while mourning the demise of her latest relationship. Spring found her pudgy and pitiful, when Fate - and a fortuitous trip to PetSmart - brought rascally puppy Sadie into Patti's petless, pristine, if a bit sterile, life. Since that day life hasn't been the same for Patti or Sadie.
A life that began together with 3:00 a.m. walks through the park, incessant barking and stolen moments of trying to eat just a crumb of breakfast without puppy-interference soon morphed into a partnership of exercise and healthy eating with the added bonus that Sadie taught Patti a thing or two about letting go and stopping to smell the roses.
A memoir-cum-diet, The Dog Diet takes a tongue-in-cheek look at our obsession with weight loss and will have you laughing out loud as you recognize your own dysfunctional relationship with food. In the process you'll learn a simple and natural method for shedding unwanted pounds without the usual stress and disappointments that go along with typical dieting regimens.
The best medicine
Dogs are creatures Patti Lawson equates with men until the day she meets Sadie at PetSmart.
Lawson, a successful lawyer and journalist who struggles with a weight problem, tries every kind of diet only to find a solution in Sadie. The Dog Diet: What My Dog Taught Me About Shedding Pounds, Licking Stress and Getting a New Leash on Life, Lawson's new memoir, describes the healing effects of her adopted pet. Forced to revise both her eating and fitness habits when she brings Sadie home, Lawson undergoes a personal transformation. "With Sadie I let go of the obsession for perfection and started enjoying my life in the most unexpected ways," she says. "Sadie pulled me from a bleak depression, lightened up my mind and my body as well."
The Dog Diet has practical applications pet lovers will appreciate. Lawson offers ideas for exercising and traveling with dogs and provides recipes for owners and their pets. "Dogs make the best personal trainers," she writes. Fitter and happier by the end of the book, Lawson is living proof.
Julie Hale tends to her dog Howdy in Waynesville, North Carolina.