Weight Loss Camps Can Change Lives
Why should I send my youngster to a weight loss camp? (cont'd)
Camps generally result in healthy weight loss, although a weight loss camp that is only a week or two in duration is unlikely to result in significant weight loss. What is important is that the camper will learn to live in a way that will result in significant weight loss over time.
Some camps have programs that are three, six or nine weeks long. The amount of weight lost at the longer camps can be significant. Often a child enrolled in a nine week program can lose 20 or 30 pounds, from increased exercise, healthy foods served in reasonable portions and being fully occupied during the day.
A key to weight loss is exercise. A weight loss camp will help the camper learn to enjoy activities that will burn calories. These activities include exercise programs the camper can follow at home or at a local gym or health club. The camps introduce the campers to fun camping activities such as hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, mountain biking and much more. With this introduction to physical activities, the camper is encouraged to continue participating in physical activities for life.
Another important objective is to help the camper learn to eat more healthy foods. This includes learning more about nutrition, healthy eating practices and cooking healthy foods.
The camp seeks to build self-esteem by helping the camper achieve goals. This is done in a peer group of individuals with a similar goal of losing weight and adopting a healthier lifestyle.