As gyms and weight loss programmes become more and more popular, it is no wonder that weight loss camps are becoming popular. Although just now becoming prominent in terms of popularity, weight loss camps have been around since the 1980s.
Weight loss camps were developed to help people wanting to lose weight do so away from home. It is easier to shed unhealthy eating habits if you are not in familiar surroundings. For this reason many weight loss camps are not located within easy reach of city centers. They are found mostly on large tracts of land away from it all. This serves to make it difficult to order junk food. This is one of the reasons for the success of weight loss camps. In addition, the location helps provide a calm and relaxing atmosphere in which to achieve the weight loss objective.
Another advantage to going to a weight loss camp is the routine that must be adhered to once there. Not only is it necessary to eat healthy, but exercise is a must as well. Plus, with everyone else doing the same thing there is no feeling of alienation. Each person serves as the other's cheerleader by encouraging them through difficult patches.
Many vacation spots around the globe now offer some form of weight loss camp for those looking to shed excess weight. Although more popular in the U.S., they are springing up in other areas as well, such as Europe and Asia. There are different kinds of weight loss camps. The most common ones are teen weight loss camps, summer weight loss camps and those that cater only to females or males.
There are also "fat" camps that cater exclusively to the morbidly obese. These types of specialty weight loss camps have residential programs that last for months. China has also gotten in on the action. The country's Amin Fat Reduction Hospital located in Tianjin works with really obese people. Other weight loss camps are more like spas, offering a complete package of spa treatments.
A British husband and wife team has created a top-class weight loss and fitness camp in beautiful Majorca, Spain. Mereo Boot Camp is based on a military style fitness routine, which is not surprising since Ian and Liz Robinson are ex-army personnel. This is the first such facility in Majorca and in the Balearic Islands.
The British public know Majorca well as many take a holiday to Majorca in the summer holidays.
The Mereo experience is a week-long adventure in losing weight while having fun. The program involves physical activities like hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and runs along the sandy beaches of the Majorca coast. Mereo offers gender-specific and mixed gender camps depending on what makes people comfortable.
In the U.S. the development of weight loss camps is a thriving business. The number of them in existence indicates that they must be offering something that people are buying into. One drawback to weight loss camps for the average person looking to lose weight is the cost. For example, the average rate at the Moreo Boot camp is 1500 Euros or so. However, the cost is a small price for improving your health and overall feelings about yourself.
The NBC weight loss show, "The Biggest Loser," is evidence of the popularity of weight loss camps in the USA. Currently in its seventh season, the show has spawned similar shows in a number of countries: Australia, the UK and Mexico. Contestants on the show have become celebrities in their own right. The trainers and chefs have also built up a following of their own as well. The reality show has led to the release of "The Biggest Loser" workout videos and gym equipment among other items. In short, it has spawned its own weight loss industry.
Another problem with weight loss camps is the difficulty to get a week or more off to attend them. However for those persons who can afford the fees and have the time, weight loss camps do seem to work. They provide the guidance and discipline needed to eliminate unhealthy habits.
Finally, weight loss camps help members develop healthy habits for life. This is especially important to maintaining their weight in a healthy manner and to keep the extra weight from coming back. In fact, good weight loss camps develop a holistic approach to weight loss and health. They not only use diet and exercise to achieve results, but also provide useful information and tips on nutrition. These camps work best for those who need help to develop healthy eating habits for the rest of their lives and not just for now.