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22 weight loss spas and fitness retreats in the u.s. and canada


This is an editorial round-up of weight loss spas and health/fitness retreats in Canada and the U.S.  Some of the destinations featured offer guided weight loss programs, others offer low calorie fare, fitness activities and lifestyle classes with more of a self-guided approach.  

Below, in random order, are top weight loss spas and fitness retreats:  

Other wellness retreats/wellness vacations on our radar for 2017 

Green Mountain at Fox Run
Ludlow, Vermont

Since 1973, Green Mountain at Fox Run in Vermont has been helping women lose weight by changing how they think about food, exercise, weight and body images.  All-inclusive programs available exclusively for women are available in one to four-week plans. Medical conditions including Type 2 Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, Prediabetes and Metabolic Syndrome can also be addressed at Green Mountains.   More about Green Mountain at Fox Run 


The Ranch Malibu 4.0
Westlake California

In a partnership with Four Seasons Westlake, CA and the adjacent California Institute for Health & Longevity, the Ranch Malibu 4.0 is a long-weekend program with the focus on weight loss and fitness.  The all-inclusive, four-day retreat includes medical testing, a diet of organic vegetarian meals, a cooking demo and eight hours each day of exercise including intense daily hikes in the nearby Santa Monica Mountain.  We experienced this retreat first hand and loved it! More on Ranch 4.0 

Canyon Ranch
Tucson, Arizona

Offered most weeks throughout the year, one and two-week structured weight loss programs in an immersive environment include the collective advice and guidance of a team of Canyon Ranch healing professionals. Private consultations, a detailed schedule of classes and group activities allow participants to expand their understanding of healthy living and how to establish the habits required to reach set goals.
More on the Canyon Ranch Lenox Weight Loss Programs   More on the Canyon Ranch Tucson Weight Loss Program

Whistler Fitness Vacations

British Columbia

Operating from May to November, these women-only weight loss retreats offer one to eight week stays of live-in boot camp. The program includes alpine hiking in the world-class luxury resort of Whistler, indoor workouts in a five star hotel Health Club, and working under the strict guidance of acclaimed body transformation specialist and three time Canadian Trainer of the Year, Cat Smiley, who is also the owner and founder. The meal plan is based on her top selling plant-based nutrition book, The Planet Friendly Diet. The program includes education, cooking, motivation, private consultations and upscale apartment-style living, complete with housekeeping and concierge. More on Whistler Fitness Vacations 

Cooper Aerobics Health
Dallas, Texas

Cooper Aerobics’ six-week Female Focus Weight Loss program begins with a personalized health assessment and nutrition consultation followed by group fitness training and nutrition education. Also included are personalized physical activity programs, individual nutrition consultation and group training sessions and lectures.  A new program begins every two weeks and accommodations are available on the campus. More on Cooper Aerobics Health & Wellness

Copperhood Retreat
Shandaken, New York

Copperhood Retreat and Spa approach their weight loss programs with one of three diet plans: Juice fasting, low calorie/low carb/portion control program or the raw/living food diet. Programs are custom-tailored following an evaluation of a client's health, the time frame he or she can dedicate to achieve visible results, and the strength of a client's resolve to lose  weight.  More on Copperhood Retreat & Spa

Deerfield Spa
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 

Surrounded by the Pocono Mountains, Deerfield Spa help guests determine their weight loss and fitness goals and set a plan to achieve desired results. Nutritional counseling, calorie counted menus, personalized meal plans and cooking demonstrations are included in the offerings as is an assortment of optional fitness activities - from brisk morning walks to afternoon weight training to a strengthening session with a personal trainer and evening yoga. More on Deerfield Spa  

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wellness retreats, wellness vacations, 2017

Looking for a Wellness Retreat or Wellness Vacation between now and the end of the year? Check out this retreats currently on our radar


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