I’ve never been to a weight loss or fitness spa. Even when I had a well-paying job, the expense seemed too extravagant for something I knew, deep down, that I had to do on my own. Plus, given the amount of weight I had to lose, I figured a couple weeks at a spa weren’t going to make a huge difference.
Now that I’m without the ecess pounds or the disposable income I had in the past, it’s pretty unlikely I’ll probably go to a fitness camp/spa.* If you’re like me (read: slightly-to-moderately short of cash), you won’t either. But that doesn’t mean we can’t learn and benefit from the lessons to be learned there.
Fortunately for us, Miriam B. Weiner has collected some insights from the country’s leading fitness spas in The Skinny on Weight-Loss Vacations, which you might want to check out on Yahoo Travel. In case you’re also facing a time shortage, I’ve prepared a digest of the resort take-aways:
Canyon Ranch (http://www.canyonranch.com)
Location: Miami Beach, Fla.; Lenox, Mass.; and Tucson, Ariz. (The Tucson location is the only one with a specific weight-loss program.)
Resort Take-away: Don’t rely on willpower as it will run out. Instead, build a routine of healthy habits, relying on improvement, rather than perfection, to set the pace.
Red Mountain Resort & Spa (http://www.redmountainspa.com)
Location: St. George, Utah
Resort Take-away: You have to eat to lose weight. “[Under-eating]can lead to weight gain just as easily as over-eating. Adding a balanced breakfast to your daily routine is a sure way to shed pounds.”
Rancho La Puerta (http://www.rancholapuerta.com/)
Location: Tecate, Mexico
Resort Take-away: Lose refined foods; add fruits and vegetables
Hilton Head Health (http://www.hhhealth.com/)
Location: Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Resort Take-away: Find/build a support system.
Golden Door (http://www.goldendoor.com/)
Location: Escondido, Calif.
Resort Take-away: Celebrate successes, don’t dwell on mistakes.
The Ranch at Live Oak (http://www.theranchmalibu.com/)
Location: Malibu, Calif.
Resort Take-away: Consider consulting a nutritionist to develop a healthy diet.
The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge (http://www.biggestloserresort.com/)
Location: Malibu, Calif. & Ivins, Utah
Resort Take-away: Exercise, whether you like it or not.
Live In Fitness Enterprise (L.I.F.E.) (http://www.liveinfitness.com/)
Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
Resort Take-away: Set realistic goals and don’t dwell on mistakes.
Pritikin Longevity Center (http://www.pritikin.com/)
Location: Miami, Fla.
Resort Take-away: Small steps, one after the other, are the best approach to weight loss.
Heartland Spa (http://www.heartlandspa.com/)
Location: Gilman, Ill.
Resort Take-away: Variety in your program will improve your motivation.
All good tips for consideration, to be sure, and except for the nutritionist, they’re all steps I figured out for myself or learned over the past three years. And a lot of what I learned came from reading your blogs! No hefty travel or enrollment fees necessary! This is what I love about blogging. In addition to the excellent camaraderie, we’ve saved each other a fortune!!
Of course, the downside is that we missed out on the prepared meals, the massages, and the pampering facial treatments.
Have you ever been to a weight-loss spa or ranch? Would you consider going? Will you take me with you?
*Note to spa/ranch owners: If you’re looking for a success story-type person to visit your facility for a day (or a month), just let me know! I can be packed tomorrow!