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Rise in men checking into spas

New Life Hiking Spa is reporting a 120 percent increase over last year for male participants in its weight loss programs for the start of 2006.
Weight loss retreat-seekers typically visit the Vermont-based spa from all across the United States and Canada, though they have come from as far away as the Caribbean and Nigeria, Africa. 

Director and founder Jimmy LeSage, explained, “I believe the male participation increase in our program is because men are realizing that to lose weight and keep it off, they need to commit to a lifestyle change, not just a diet. With popular programs like NBC’s ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Discovery Health’s ‘National Body Challenge,’ and numerous other weight loss challenge programs, men are finally realizing that destination-type programs to lose weight are not just for women any longer. In addition, with the popularity of these shows and spa/retreat type weight loss challenges, the world is finally realizing they can’t just go on a ‘diet’ to lose weight and keep it off.”

Through hiking and other coordinated and facilitated physical fitness activities, wellness education, special interest programming, healthful cuisine and professionally administered body work, New Life’s Weight Loss Retreat lasts 11 days or longer and allows spa-goers to make real changes in their eating habits and lifestyles.

Guests are educated about health enhancement, enabling them to take their newly-learned healthy habits home and implement them into their individual lifestyles. Shorter stay programs are also available, including a 5-10 day Jump-Start Program.

New Life offers three different levels of hiking every day, adjusting to specific needs while still allowing guests to be strengthened, clear their minds and increase cardiovascular and flexibility. In addition, New Life’s exclusive menu focuses on weight loss, providing a nutritional balance of complex carbohydrates for the energy and fuel needed on an active vacation and enough protein and fat to meet individual needs.