When you're battling a pudgy middle, you need all the help you can get, and spending a few weeks or a month at a weight loss retreat can certainly jumpstart your journey towards a slimmer healthier body. With so many retreats and camps out there, though, it can be difficult to find one that fits your needs. Here are two features your program should have that will help maximize your chances of success.
Although exercise is an important aspect of weight loss, it's not the thing that will make or break your efforts; your eating habits will. Most people are overweight because they are consuming more calories than they're burning, something that's very easy to do in a society where food can be accessed in unrestricted amounts.
Thus, after years of eating badly, you're going to need to learn what healthy food looks like, how to prepare it, and—most critically—what portion sizes are and how to stay within your caloric limits. Without this necessary training, there's a good chance you'll simply return to your poor eating habits because you don't know any better.
So, opt to go to a weight loss retreat that offers classes in nutrition. These classes should teach you how to calculate your caloric intake, how much you should be eating, how to weigh and portion foods, and provide tips and tools for achieving your daily calorie goal. Many retreats will also teach you how to cook some meals and select the best foods when you go grocery shopping, which can be very beneficial if you don't have a lot of experience in this area.
Another thing to look for in a weight loss retreat is the option to participate in therapy. As noted previously, people gain weight by overconsuming food. However, sometimes that overconsumption is driven by psychological and emotional factors rather than physical need. Understanding the underlying cause of your need to overeat can go a long way towards helping you deal with stress and challenges that may derail your progress.
For instance, if you eat each time you feel anxious, therapy can help you recognize that trigger and provide you with strategies to deal with it in healthier ways besides eating. This type of psychological training will be necessary for maintaining your weight loss once you achieve your goal.
For more tips on choosing the right weight loss retreat for you, contact a weight loss expert.