I tend to overfeed my dogs – I admit it. But Sam had gotten past the “plump” stage to the “too bottom-heavy to jump onto the bed” stage. So when my sister-in-law, Marcia, came in to visit and mentioned that their dog, Lily, had lost a lot of weight on the green bean diet and seemed to truly enjoy it I decided to give it a try. I wish I had a “before” shot, but here’s the new, slimmer Sam:
How does it work? Very simply, actually. Read the packaging on your usual brand of dog food – the recommended amount for weight loss, not maintenance, and give you dog just a little less than that at each feeding. Replace that with double that amount of green beans. The exact measurements will depend on the size of your dog, but what worked for us (Sam was well over one hundred pounds) was cutting her two meals by 1/4 cup each and replacing that with 1/2 cup canned green beans. She adores the green beans. You would think we were feeding her hot fudge sundaes every meal. And she’s lost weight, her eyes are brighter, her fur shinier, and she is much more energetic and playful. I’m doing the same thing with Boss, not because of a weight problem, but because he has a sensitive stomach and the green beans seem to help with that as well – who knew? So of course I’m buying green beans in bulk. I buy several of these at a time ($3.99 at GFS).
I’m hoping to use fresh green beans from the garden later this summer, and I’m beginning to wonder if the green bean diet would work for humans. . .
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