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Want to lose weight? Get a dog. A study by the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction found that having—-and walking—a canine friend encouraged people to get more exercise and resulted in more weight loss than popular diet plans.

The participants began walking loaner dogs ten minutes, three times a week and then worked up to 20 minutes, five times a week for a total of 50 weeks. They lost an average of 14 pounds.

Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter

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Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Life, May?June 2007. Copyright © 2007 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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