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The Biggest (Dog) Loser

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Alison Sweeney dog diet

It's a challenge.

As host of The Biggest Loser Alison Sweeney was shocked last December, Sweeney realized her Boston terrier Winky was overweight.

Since successfully helping Winky lose 2 lbs., Sweeney realized that other people could probably use the same wake-up call.

Sweeney has joined with Hill's Science Diet (the pet food brand that helped Winky get back on track) to launch the Million Pound Pledge, which calls American pet owners to help get their pets to a healthy weight — and to lose a collective one million pounds. Sweeney knows the challenge is almost as tough as the one that Biggest Loser contestants face when they start the show. Sweeney says,

"It's hard, because I think pet owners associate food with reward and with showing their pets that they love them. There's a lack of awareness and understanding. Even people who know their dog is fat will say, 'Oh, but he's cute!' or 'Oh, but I love him.' That's how it makes you feel — not how it makes the dog feel."

For help with the challenge, Hill's Science Diet has set up PetFit.com, a website where pet owners can access weight tracker tools and sample pet workouts. Now let's shed some pounds!

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