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While some persons are able to reach their desired weight on their own, others may need professional assistance. For the latter group, weight loss camps provide the additional motivation and encouragement needed.  However, weight loss camps are not for everyone. Here are some questions to consider before attending a weight loss camp.

1. How do I handle constructive criticism?

Understand that persons who attend a weight loss camp receive constructive criticism in regards to their eating habits and exercise routine. If you have a hard time accepting criticism and recommendations, you may need to think more deeply whether you want to invest in this type of program. Unless you apply the constructive criticism you receive, you will likely not benefit fully from your investment.

2. How do I feel about schedules?

Consider whether you'll be able to adhere to a strict eating and strenuous exercise program. If you resent a structured lifestyle and don't like schedules, you may need to adjust your thinking before participating in a weight loss program.   

3. Will my health allow me to benefit fully from the program?

Seek professional advice prior to attending a weight loss camp if you suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure or blood sugar disorders. Additionally, patients with back problems due to herniated disks should exercise caution.

4. Will I follow the recommendations after I leave the weight loss camp?

Be determined to apply the recommendations if you decide to attend a weight loss camp. You will only benefit from attending a weight loss camp if you continue to incorporate healthy lifestyle changes into your daily routine after graduating from the program.

5. What type of weight loss camp should I choose?

  • Teen Weight Loss Camps - This type of camp offers teens the ability to socialize and meet other teens, participate in sports and fitness activities, as well as receive tips for a healthy lifestyle. Teens also receive education on how to build their self-esteen and self-confidence.
  • Adult Weight Loss Camps - Some adult camps are single-sex camps, for male or female only, while others are co-ed. 
  • Weight Loss Camps for Young Adults - Besides providing education regarding fitness and healthy eating habits, this type of camp also helps young adults develop their self-esteem, self-confidence and personal growth. Fitness programs often include aerobics classes, water sports, horseback riding and dance seminars.
  • Weight Loss Boot Camps -  If you want to lose a lot of weight in a short period of time, you might consider a boot camp. Boot camps focus on high-intensity workouts to help the body burn calories quickly. However, programs at this type of weight loss camps also work at nourishing the body, mind and soul. The purpose is to help clients make lifestyle changes and promote permanent weight loss.
  • Special Needs Weight Loss Camps for Children - You can categorize special needs camps for children in three different categories, depending on the child’s needs: psychological, physical and weight loss. 

Weight loss camps' rates vary from camp to camp, but you can generally expect to pay an average of about $1.000 per week. Programs take anywhere from three to eight weeks to complete. If your health insurance is through a PPO, your insurance might reimburse approximately $1,500 per month for the clinical component of the weight loss program, according to To qualify for reimbursement, you must have a medical condition that requires you to lose weight. You will likely need to demonstrate that you have attempted to maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI) through healthy eating habits and failed. Additionally, your doctor will need to supervise your weight-loss program. Do not expect to qualify for reimbursement of weight loss camp fees if you have insurance through a health maintenance organization (HMO). 

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