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Obesity

Obesity is ravaging the pet population. It is doing the same to their companion humans. This is a serious health matter because obesity is not just the accumulation of large amounts of adipose tissue, but is also associated with detrimental metabolic and hormonal changes. Obesity is linked to osteoarthritis, respiratory distress, glucose intolerance, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, dystocia, decreased heat tolerance, some forms of cancer, and increased risk of anesthetic and surgical complications…to only begin the list. The epidemic of obesity is not caused by "too many calories," or "too much fat" in the diet. It is caused by the unnatural calories of starches that convert to fat and disrupt metabolic systems such that fat is stored and not properly withdrawn from those stores for energy needs. Both leptin and insulin resistance develop in response to unnatural blood sugar highs. This results in lack of hormonal feedback to depress appetite and use fat stores for fuel. Obesity is the price paid by the body in its desperate effort to rid the blood of the sugar delivered to it by dietary starch.

• “Compared with a low-fat diet, a low-carbohydrate diet program had better participant retention and greater weight loss. During active weight loss, serum triglyceride levels decreased more and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol level increased more with the low-carbohydrate diet than with the low-fat diet.” Yancy, W. S., et al. A Low-Carbohydrate, Ketogenic Diet versus a Low-Fat Diet To Treat Obesity and Hyperlipidemia. Annals of Internal Medicine, 140 (10), 769-777, 2004.
• “…did not show any effect of a high vs medium protein diet on glucose intolerance or insulin sensitivity…feeding of a high protein diet decreased plasma IGF-1 in normal-weight cats…” Leray, V., et al. Protein Intake Does Not Affect Insulin Sensitivity in Normal Weight Cats. The Journal of Nutrition, 136, 2028S-2030S, 2006.
• “…consumption of diets with low carbohydrate, high protein, and moderate fat content may be advantageous for prevention and management of obesity, impaired glucose tolerance, and diabetes…” Rand, J.S., et al. Diet in the prevention of diabetes and obesity in companion animals. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr, 12 (S6), 2003.
• “…a high-protein diet may promote an increased lean tissue mass in cats…helpful in preventing or treating obesity…” Nguyen, P. High Protein Intake Affects Lean Body Mass but Not Energy Expenditure in Nonobese Neutered Cats. The Journal of Nutrition, 134, 2084S-2086SA, 2004.
• “…the high protein diet resulted in greater retention of lean body mass compared with the control diet…” Laflamme, D., and S. Hannah. Increased Dietary Protein Promotes Fat Loss and Reduces Loss of Lean Body Mass During Weight Loss in Cats. Intern J Appl Res Vet Med, 3 (2), 2005.
• “…change from high-carbohydrate to high-protein content has a greater effect on increasing weight loss…increased loss of fat mass while maintaining lean muscle mass.”< Bierer, T. L., and L. M. Bui. High-Protein Low-Carbohydrate Diets Enhance Weight Loss in Dogs. The American Society for Nutritional Sciences, 134, 2087S-2089S, 2004.
• “…an increase in dietary protein…results in significant weight loss…” Weigle, D. S., et al. A high-protein diet induces sustained reductions in appetite, ad libitum caloric intake, and body weight despite compensatory changes in diurnal plasma leptin and gherlin concentrations. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 82 (1), 41-48, 2005.
• “…a 20% higher protein intake…resulted in a 50% lower body weight…” Westerterp-Plantenga, M. S., et al. High protein intake sustains weight maintenance after body weight loss... International Journal of Obesity, 28, 57-64, 2004.
• “…greater reductions in total and abdominal fat mass…on the high protein diet…” Parker, B., et al. Effect of a High-Protein, High-Monounsaturated Fat Weight Loss Diet on Glycemic Control and Lipid Levels in Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes Care, 2001.
• “…high protein diets allow a higher energy intake to weight loss in cats…” Vasconcellos, R. S., et al. Protein Intake during Weight Loss Influences the Energy Required for Weight Loss and Maintenance in Cats. Journal of Nutrition, 139 (5), 855-860, 2009.
• “…higher protein intake might reduce lean body mass losses…” Diez, M., et al. Weight Loss in Obese Dogs: Evaluation of a High-Protein, Low-Carbohydrate Diet. Journal of Nutrition, 132, 1685S-1687S, 2002.

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