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The research on residential weight-loss programs is limited, and the results have been mixed.Studies of the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa, in Aventura, Florida -- the most researched program of its kind -- have found that guests lose between 4 percent and 5 percent of their body weight.
Programs should incorporate "not just the physical experience but the emotional, psychological, and social experience both during and following the intervention," he says.
"All are critical in achieving strong outcomes." The weight-loss regimens used in clinical research are created using the best available scientific evidence, Gately adds.
(Other measures of health, such as their cholesterol levels and blood pressure, also tend to improve measurably.) Health.com: Skinny up your weekend As for the permanence of the weight loss, a study conducted by researchers from the University of South Carolina found that one year after their stay, just 22 percent of Hilton Head Health guests weighed 10 percent less than they did when they entered the retreat.
Similarly, in a 2006 study of people who attended a weight-loss camp in Europe for more than five months, just over one-quarter maintained a 10 percent weight loss after four years.
"I went there not knowing much about what I was in for," she says.
"I didn't want to get pampered; I wanted to get healthy." Weight-loss retreats, spas, and resorts for adults -- the grown-up version of fat camps -- have been around for decades. After two weeks of swimming and fitness classes, she lost 11 pounds.
By contrast, "there's almost no evidence whatsoever" for commercial weight-loss retreats, he says.
"If you know your intervention works, you [would] have a huge amount of evidence of it, because it would be a very strong selling point.
Some, such as the nationwide chain of Wellspring Retreats, emphasize outdoor activities such as whitewater rafting, surfing, and mountain climbing, while others, such as Duke University's Diet and Fitness Center, feature a clinic-like atmosphere.
For a more relaxed approach, there's Green Mountain, a "non-diet" weight-loss program in Vermont exclusively for women. While the theme and day-to-day schedule varies at each retreat, most programs are structured around exercise, healthy meals, and lifestyle education.
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