Beach Bodies

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Frankston Heights Veterinary Centre
231 Frankston-Flinders Rd
VIC 3199

03 5971 4888
03 5971 4887

I love the turning of the seasons. I love the unfulfilled promise of spring, andd the smokey satisfaction of autumn, I love the dark nights and open fires of winter, but also the sunny evening barbeques of summer. I love rugging up for a winter walk, and stripping off at the beach in summer; although that particular aspect of summer does bring a certain amount of stress...


On the Mornington Peninsula, we are never much more that 10 minutes from a beach - one of the many reasons why this is one of the best places in the world to live - and our summer weather means that we have ample opportunity to enjoy our beaches. Mornings, evenings, weekends, afternoons-off; I’ll use almost any excuse to get sand between my toes.


I have written before that I am a foodie, a beer-geek and a (lapsed) runner. And, while it pains me to say it; I am no longer in my 20s, and am running out of 30s too. All of which add up to a physique that falls short of the chiselled Adonises with whom I share the sand.


While magazines tell us to choose vanity and slim down for the beach, I want to argue for choosing health and slimming down for the beach. Oddly, very few articles focus on the collective health epidemic that is obesity. Why are we worrying about how we look, when we should be worrying about how we feel?


Unfortunately, just as an increasing proportion of the human population is now classed as either overweight or obese, more and more of our pets are piling on the pounds.

Biology adds to the problem. The metabolism of an overweight patient works hard to store as much fat as possible, but the metabolism of a fit patient works to burn as much fat as possible. In essence, the fat get fatter and the thin stay thinner.


There is almost limitless research that tells us that obesity is linked with ill health.



Heart disease, Diabetes, Arthritis, Liver Failure and Kidney Disease are all diseases that significantly impact on quality or length of life, and all are seen more commonly in overweight animals.

Organs designed to support a 10kg body, are overworked when asked to support a 15kg body. Overwork leads to organ failure.




Fortunately, obesity is one of the easiest health problems to fix!


Weight management can be boiled down to a simple mathematical sum…


    Calories consumed (food)

Calories used (exercise)                        

    Weight-altering calories (weight change)


If the “weight-altering calories” is a positive number; your pet will gain weight, while a negative number means weight loss.

In pets, just as in people, the best way of ensuring a negative value for “weight-altering calories” is to both decrease calories consumed AND increase calories used.


The best way to do this, is to feed a very specific prescription food called Hills Metabolic (Advanced Weight Solution).  


Hills Metabolic Diet® works to aid weight loss in a number of ways. It provides fewer calories per mouthful, and promotes a feeling of satiety (or feeling full). It also, and this is the really clever bit, tricks the body’s metabolism into burning fat. It makes the metabolism of a fat patient behave like that of a thin one.

Combine that with increased exercise and the weight should just fall off!


Spring is here, which means that summer is just around the corner.

Now is the time to talk to us about helping your pet get that Beach Body - you’ll improve their health as well as their body image.


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