Your Guide to the Best Weight Loss Resorts
So you need to lose weight, and you want to take a vacation. You've come to the right place--staying at a weight loss resort can be like staying at a spa. Some have actual spas where you can receive massages and other spa treatments; others may be very 'no frill' and just get down to business. But before you book a stay at one, there are some things you need to know.
What is a weight loss resort?
A weight loss resort is basically a resort or hotel whose sole function is to help its guests lose weight. For kids, the historical title of 'fat camp' would be used, but this is rather derogatory in nature. For adults, it may also be referred to as a weight loss retreat.
What weight loss services can I expect to receive while staying at a weight loss resort?
Depending on the weight loss resort you choose, it can be a very luxurious, spa like vacation, or it can be more of a no-frills fitness boot camp type of experience. For what you pay, you should expect to receive your accommodations, food, consultation with a nutrition expert, medical tests (in most cases, to see if you are physically able to participate in the fitness programs), fitness classes and in some cases, even spa treatments are included.
How expensive is a weight loss resort stay?
Expect to spend as little as $2500 to $10,000, and in some instances, considerably more. The number one factor that will determine how steep the cost is the length of time you choose to stay at the weight loss resort of your choice. If spa treatments are available on an 'a la carte' basis but not included in the resort fees, that can also add up.
Am I a good candidate for attending a weight loss resort?
The people who will get the most out of a weight loss resort are going to meet the following criteria:
Do I need to see my physician before attending a weight loss resort?
In most cases, the answer is no. Many of the weight loss resorts will spend time with you assessing your health and even giving various medical tests on-site to see where you are physically so you can safety begin your weight loss journey.
Can my whole family attend a weight loss resort?
Most weight loss resorts do not attend to children; they are designed for men and women. Check with whatever specific resort you are considering to be sure of their policies. If it is your child who needs to lose weight, they will most likely need to attend a weight loss camp, also known as a 'fat camp'. They are called 'camps' instead of 'resorts' because they are typically only offered in the summer months; this is the only time of year it makes sense to offer such weight loss programs for kids because the rest of the year most kids are in school.
Will my health insurance pay for any part of my stay at a weight loss resort?
If you have an HMO, the answer is most likely a resounding no. If you have a PPO plan, you may have some luck. Sometimes the PPO will pay for part of the stay, such as the medical testing you may undergo, or if the tests include any mental evaluations, it may be covered under 'behavioral health'. Check with your medical insurance carrier before booking a stay to see if any portion may be a qualified medical expense.