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The Best Weight Loss Resorts

author image Meredith Crilly
Meredith C. has worked as a nutrition educator, chef and community health projects since 2011. She received a Bachelor of Science in nutrition from the University of Tennessee and is currently completing an MS/DI program in nutrition.
The Best Weight Loss Resorts
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Weight loss may be associated with painful diets and strenuous exercise routines to drop those extra pounds. Weight loss resorts today offer an alternative. These resorts focus on making dietary and lifestyle changes in a stress-free environment. The results are both short-term and long-term as these resorts offer a rejuvenating experience as well as helping their clients commit to an overall healthy lifestyle after leaving the resort.

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Pampering At Cal-a-Vie

If your idea of dropping a few extra pounds is being pampered in a beautiful city, then this resort is the right place for you. Located in San Diego, guests stay in a Spanish-style villa with spectacular views. Mornings start with a hike through the 200-acre property and the rest of the activities can be tailored to each guest's preferences. Consider taking a spinning class or try your hand at nia, a bland of yoga and dance. Guests can even take cooking classes to learn about healthy cooking and meal preparation. Cal-a-Vie offers delicious menus that are low-calorie and nutrient dense so you can lose weight without feeling deprived. You'll even be able to enjoy dessert while enjoying this luxury resort and weight loss center!

Versatility At The Cooper Aerobics Center

While many weight loss resorts are based on individuals or couples, the Cooper Aerobics Center located in Dallas, Texas offers maximum versatility. Their programs last days or weeks depending on each guest's needs. Also, you can attend as an individual or a group. Corporations have previously used this center to jump start weight loss and healthy lifestyle changes. The center has a spa, pool, gym and a wide variety of fitness essentials designed to help each person achieve their goals. Whether you want to lose weight or just improve your overall health, Cooper Aerobics Center has a program to fit your needs.

Tried And True At Canyon Ranch

As one of the oldest weight loss resorts, Canyon Ranch has been promoting increased health through good living since its start in 1979. There are a variety of health packages and tests offered at ranch locations in Tucson, Arizona and the Berkshires. The Berkshires hosts a popular three-day session, "Ultrametabolism," which focuses on new approaches to weight loss. Tucson location's specialty is their "Life Enhancement Program" which includes physical activity, classes, and lectures as well as individual meetings with doctors and nutritionists. This location was named by Forbes as being one of the world's best spas.

No Frills At Duke

Duke University's Diet and Fitness Center is the place to go for no-nonsense weight loss. It has been the leader in this area for over 30 years and produces results that many only dream about. An integrated team of doctors, nutritionists, and fitness experts tailor a fitness plan to each person. What makes this program stand out is the amazing results. After a visit to the center, 55% of participants maintain their weight loss after two years. This center not only helps people to leave thinner, it also helps them to stay that way. This weight loss center may not be as pampering as other weight loss resorts, their results make them a top place to visit.

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