Taking It Off

by Sheryl Kraft
Photograph: Illustration: Zohar Lazar

For great food, gorgeous scenery and a plan to stay healthy, try the Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge (888-870-2639, biggestloserresort.com)  which starts at $1,995 per week) or try one of these other spas.

Green Mountain at Fox Run
Ludlow, Vermont

This female-only immersion program is aimed at women who are serious about managing their weight. Established in 1973 by a registered dietitian, the nurturing one- to four-week program, limited to 42 guests, emphasizes the ­importance of eating ­mindfully—that is, slowly and with full awareness—rather than following a highly restrictive diet. Workshops like “Managing Binge Eating” and “Understanding Emotions That Lead You to Eat” help you overcome obstacles to slimming down. A study from several years back said some 50 percent of guests manage to maintain their new weight or are still losing more than five years after their visit. Starts at $3,306 per week.

Cal-a-Vie Health Spa
Vista, California

Celebrities flock to Cal-a-Vie whenever they need a tune-up, and for good reason. The Southern California setting—with 200 acres resembling a small village in France—is breathtaking, as is the service. Fresh workout clothes are delivered to the 30 or fewer guests each morning. The chefs, who focus on locally grown foods, personalize your menu to help you meet your weight goals. Vigorous morning hikes and more than 100 fitness classes are offered. You can also choose from almost 40 different spa treatments, including a bamboo massage and hot-stone foot treatment. Don’t want to make any decisions? No problem. Your personal consultant will map out your entire three-, four- or seven-day stay. Starts at $7,695 per week.

Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa
Miami, Florida

Set amid 250 acres of lush tropical gardens at the enormous Doral Golf Resort and Spa, the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa offers a science-backed approach that stresses fiber-rich foods low in saturated fats. (Translation: lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains; not much meat or sugar.) You stay in either a standard hotel room or a more expensive spa suite. The week begins with a physical, blood work and a stress test, then a meeting with a trainer to define fitness goals. Stays range from one to three weeks, with an average weight loss of 11 pounds after three weeks. To encourage continued success, Pritikin can ship frozen meals to your home. Starts at $4,500 per week.

Originally published in the June 2010 issue of More.

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