Did you know that having a dog could help with your weight loss efforts, but how?
Please read on to discover how a man’s best friend could also be the secret to weight loss.
A dog can help make you more active?
If you want to lose weight then you can’t rely solely on your diet to get results, you also need exercise too.
This is where a dog can help, as playing with it will certainly burn calories, while the daily walk will be a great way to become more active.
Research has shown that the average person who has a dog will walk them 5 times a week for around 30 minutes, which will surely have a positive effect on your weight loss results.
This research has also shown that those who enjoy these regular dog walks are also more likely to engage in other forms of exercise too.
Dogs can help to relieve stress and anxiety
Those who suffer from stress tend to be bigger than those who have it under control.
This could be because when you are stressed your body will start to produce excess amounts of cortisol, which is a hormone that will reduce your ability to burn calories and fat.
Stress and anxiety can also lead to bouts of comfort eating too, in an attempt to cheer you up. Unfortunately this will likely lead to weight gain.
Luckily pets, such as your dog can offer you support from these emotions as they offer unconditional love to you.
Stroking and cuddling up to your dog can be a great stress reliever, while the walks with your dog can also relieve stress.
In a study at the State University of New York it was shown that people tend to experience less stress when accompanied by a dog (even less than when accompanied by a friend or family member), even when conducting highly stressful tasks.
Lead author Karen Allen, Ph.D., had this to say about the results:
“While the idea of a pet as social support may appear to some as a peculiar notion, our participants’ responses to stress, combined with their descriptions of the meaning of pets in their lives, suggest to us that social support can indeed cross species.”
So, with this information at hand, don’t you think that having a dog could be beneficial for your weight loss efforts? I certainly think so.