As people research their options of boot camp style fitness programs, they often ask; “how long should I go for the most lasting impact?” And “How can I continue rapid weight loss after I’m back home?”
Besides taking a break and unplugging from their busy lives for some adventure and unparalleled hiking terrain, for many people, quick weight loss is their goal. Along with the activities and lower calories to quickly shed pounds while here, we also educate our guests about healthy habits for the long term. Learning about nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices will enable people to continue components of our program, in a sustainable, healthy way at home.
Maxing Your Stay at a Fitness Retreat
The ideal duration of our program is 2-week increments. We see maximum weight loss results with the 2-week “The Renewal” program, instead of doing the program continuously for 3 or 4 weeks. Not only would 4 weeks of continual “boot camp” style activities produce wear and tear, the body has a natural response to prolonged excursion that prevents rapid weight loss from continuing.
Metabolically, the body burns the most fat during the kick-start phase of weeks 1 and 2. After 2 weeks of the Program, we have historically seen with guests that the rate of weight loss slows down to half after continuing into the 3rd and 4th weeks. This is due to the body’s reaction to the continual physical rate of excursion, and its “plateau” response of hanging on to calories / fat as a “starvation” response.
Your Body’s Wise to Sustained Excursion
Our bodies are designed to adapt to conditions of feast or famine, athletic activity or sedentary lounging, and will retain calories when it recognizes the need. Safely “shocking” the system with intense physical excursion and lower calorie intake results in rapid weight loss. However, the body will ensure it doesn’t burn fat so easily if this continues, and will then hang on to calories for survival.
Benefits of Shorter and Longer Fitness Vacations
For guests that really need to unplug from their busy life, Mountain Trek certainly does accommodate 3 or 4 week stays, with the flexibility of “rest days”. For some people, a longer break is the ideal combination of rapid weight loss at the outset, and thorough rejuvenating and detoxing.
But for those that are focused on rapid weight loss in less time, it is most effective to kick-start their fat burning with coming for 1 or 2 weeks in our supportive environment, breaking old habits and learning new ones, and either carrying on components of the Program at home, (which they’ll learn), or coming back for a refresher.