Weight loss vacations might be some people’s idea of holiday hell. Vacations are for enjoying yourself, for letting yourself go and eating and drinking more than usual. On the other hand, it is easy to put weight on but not so easy to find the motivation to get rid of it. The key to weight loss is to eat healthily and do exercise but it is hard to get out of your regular daily routine so, it doesn’t seem such a silly idea to take a weight loss vacation at all. A weight loss vacation takes you away from the drudgery of every day routine, removes those comfort eating triggers and will encourage you to shed to the weight, below is a list of the 8 Best Places To Go For A Weight Loss Vacation in the USA.
1. Canyon Ranch
Canyon Ranch has excellent top of the range facilities to help you lose the weight but you must continue work at home to get results. Wellness programs can be expensive and you must be serious about losing weight and ready to work your best before you commit to a program. The best weight loss vacations combine nutrition, fitness and mental health. There are several group fitness classes’ available including yoga and zumba. The groups dine together with a course of nutritionally healthy meals; also nutritionists provide one on one session. Guests are issued with a diet and fitness plan to continue their weight loss at home to continue weight loss.
The Canyon Ranch is located in Tucson, Ariz and costs $7,730 per week. The program consists of 7 nights accommodation, 3 meals a day, access to the spa, fitness classes, guided hikes, biking, healthy cooking classes, personal diet and fitness plan and health consolations.
2. Red Mountain Resort & Spa
The Red Mountain Resort & Spa is an extremely popular resort in Utah, it even featured in the 2010 reader’s choice award list for Conde Nast Traveller and Spa Magazine. Red Mountain is a lively resort and includes activities such as bike rides, hikes and horse back rides. The aim of the resort is to lose weight and have fun while doing it. Clients on the weight loss vacations here partake in a week program and receive consultations with a health advisor and attend a heart rate workshop where they receive a heart rate monitor to take home. The professional chefs provide 3 healthy meals a day to all clients.
Red Mountain Resort and Spa costs a reasonable price of $2,093. 7 nights accommodation, 3 healthy meals a day, personal training sessions, heart rate training and take home heart rate monitor, daily hikes, fitness, health and cooking classes and use of all facilities are all included in the price. The resorts nutritionist will trains clients how to lose weight by eating regular balanced meals.
3. Rancho La Puerta
Rancho La Puerto is the proud winner of the world’s best destination spa in the Travel and Leisure’s 2010 Readers Choice list. The resort teaches clients how to be fit and healthy in achieving their ideal weight. Rancho La Puerto is located in Mexico and is a huge health resort where clients can choose from over 50 fitness classes. The program includes healthy cooking and lifestyle classes, group hikes and personal training sessions with a fitness instructor. It is estimated that clients lose 3 to 5 pounds during the week’s weight loss vacation.
Rancho La Puerto costs $3,615-$3,780 season depending, the price includes; 7 nights accommodation, 3 meals and 2 snacks per day, use of all facilities, entertainment, fitness classes, transfer to and from San Diego airport.
4. Hilton Head Health
The popular South Carolina resort has been helping people lose weight for 35 years. Residents of the resort partake in several hours’ fitness, nutrition seminars and cooking classes every day. 3 low calorie meals and special diet snacks are provided each day. Group therapy sessions are also included where clients discuss their health goals.
The Hilton Head Health resort costs $3,050 for 7 nights accommodation, 3 meals a day plus snacks, personal health and fitness training consultations, cooking and nutrition classes, fitness classes, use of facilities and group sessions. It is claimed clients lose an amazing 7 to 14 pound during their week’s stay.
5. Golden Door
The goal of a weight loss vacation at the Golden Door resort is to improve mental health and fitness. The resort located in California has a very high success rate and helps guests carry on losing weight after they leave the resort.
The Golden Door resort costs $6.500 - $7,500 which includes; 7 nights accommodation, 3 meals a day, spa clothing, fitness classes, use of all resorts facilities, spa treatments, cooking classes, a personalized program to do at home, transfers from and to San Diego airport. During the stay, guests lose a few pounds and keep the weight off. The way to lose weight successfully is by looking to the future rather than dwelling on the past.
6. The Ranch at Live Oak
The ranch program consists of low impact exercise and moderate fitness. By doing this guests will speed up their metabolism which encourages weight loss. The tranquil resort is located in Malibu and claims guests will lose up to 5 per cent body fat in just one week. Mountain hikes and yoga are just a couple of activities available at the resort. The resort serves own grown organic vegetarian meals, whilst alcohol, caffeine and processed sugars are all band from the resort.
The Ranch at Live Oak costs $5,600 which includes; 7 nights accommodations, 3 meals a day, massages, fitness activities, use of all facilities and transfers to and from Los Angeles airport.
7. The Biggest Loser Resort
Probably the most rigorous of weight loss vacations, the TV program ‘The Biggest Loser’ shows how intense and successful the resort is but it’s also one of the best value for money options. The program consists of activities such as water aerobics and personal training sessions. The resort located in Malibu has a strict calorie controlled diet plan consisting of foods that encourage weight loss. Guests can also relax and pamper themselves in the resort’s spa facilities that include manicures, pedicures, massages and hair styling to complete the transformation.
The week long resort program costs from $2,395 to $2,695, the price includes; 7 nights accommodation, 3 meals a day, hikes, fitness classes, use of spa and healthy eating classes. The resorts motto is “no pain no gain” and promises maximum results.
8. Live in Fitness Enterprise
The resort uncovers why clients have gained weight and tackles the issue head on by creating a personal weight loss curriculum. Guests of the Los Angeles resorts are estimated to lose 2 to 3 pound during their weight loss vacation. The L.I.F.E resort encourages guests to make lifestyle changes and helps them along the way.
The resort costs $2,021 - $2,749, this consists of; 7 nights accommodation, 4 meals a day, group fitness, consultations with a nutritionist, cooking classes, fitness classes, recipes and exercise routines to do at home.
As you can see, weight loss vacations don’t come cheap (and can be very very expensive). Just like choosing any vacation it’s important to review the offer to see how it fits your needs - i.e. with how you think you best lose weight. This list only shows you the 8 Best Places To Go For A Weight Loss Vacation in the USA but there are obviously places all over the globe. If you want to lose weight and maintain weight loss then a fitness spa is the place to go, which resort would you choose?
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