Tips for Selecting a Weight Loss Spa

Two-thirds of Americans are classified as overweight or obese, and many clients opt to visit a destination spa to kick-start their weight loss plans. According to the folks at The Oaks at Ojai, the decision is not necessarily a no-brainer, and there are several things to keep in mind. So if your clients are asking your advice for selecting a great destination spa to help them lose weight, consider passing along these tips.

Buffet Schmuffet: A sure fire way NOT to lose weight is to be offered an all-you-can-eat buffet at every meal. Willpower and self-control are usually big culprits to overeating, and when you have an entire smorgasbord in front of you, it makes it that much harder to adhere to calorie restrictions. Stay away from spas that offer unlimited dining options.

Alcohol is the Devil’s Sauce! A 5-ounce glass of wine contains 150 calories, and studies have shown just 3 ounces reduces fat burning by one third. Stay away from spas that serve alcohol.

Condiments: Does the spa serve sugar, salt, and other seasonings that contribute to weight gain?

But what do I do when I leave the spa? I can’t hire a private chef!: Does the staff offer ways in which you can take your new healthy habits and adapt them once you get home, when the lure of the supermarket cookie aisle and fine dining restaurants are everywhere?

How much fitness? Watch out for spas that don’t recommend a minimum number or type of classes to take to burn more calories than you’re consuming.  

The Vibe: If weight loss is your goal, you will need support. Are the teachers and staff knowledgeable, nurturing, and supportive? Can you relate to the teachers because they look “normal” vs. a 20-something hard body with zero body fat? Is the spa environment one that offers opportunities for camaraderie and teamwork with guests?

Free Seminars and Workshops: Does the spa offer evening seminars or workshops that complement a guest’s well-being?