Remember Zumba? I do too, but that’s all I do. I remember when I had declared Zumba to be my ticket to a leaner, healthier me but within the first four months life got in the way and here I am ten pounds heavier sitting and …remembering.
Don’t get me wrong, Zumba is a fantastic way to lose weight and stay in shape but how many of us working people really have the inclination, motivation, and time to consistently see it through? Racing the clock to meet deadlines, adjusting schedules to cater to work and family requirements, and above all lack of a steady motivation.
With obesity quickly changing from a mere statistic to in-our-face reality, it’s time to really invest money and time in healthy weight loss and management plans. And one of the oldest-yet-effective ways to lose weight is through a specific weight loss retreat.
Do weight loss retreats really work?
Think of the reality show The Biggest Loser; now think individual weight loss plans devised by experts to ensure healthy weight loss that lasts.
As I mentioned one of the biggest, if not the biggest reason why people quit their weight loss regime is because of life getting in the way. Weight loss retreats work specifically to eliminate this factor, while at the same time getting you in that zone to concentrate on your health without having to cash a lot of your every day’s time.
Psychology plays an integral part in deciding where we are in life today. As renowned life coach Anthony Robbins puts it “the brain is so powerful that if people make a committed decision to lose a startling amount of weight in a short period, they can”. While of course the slow and steady way has been deemed ideal, the idea here is to prove the importance of our psychology concerning how we perceive food and exercise, and hence our own health. Weight loss retreats particularly aim to tackle this aspect as well.
And where does India fit into the picture?
India has been the breeding ground for popular wellness techniques such as Yoga and Ayurveda. Add to that the captivating natural beauty and the rich cultural legacy, which propels a surge of tourist every year to this land of mystics.
Popular weight loss resorts in India offer a combination of thorough mind and body rejuvenation with an enriching vacation to get away from the humdrum of everyday life.
The essence is to make you kick start your weight loss program and put it on a high gear while you revel in the beauty of the cultural melting pot that is India. You would not have to ‘force’ yourself to lose weight; it will come naturally to you as you steal some time for yourself.
Most popular health and wellness destinations in India
1. Majorda Beach, Goa
For a lot of people outside of India, India is synonymous with Goa. Given the beatific endless beaches and the year-round parties, Goa is one of the popular tourist destinations in the country.
Majorda Beach, Goa
Aside from the expansive stretches of palm trees, Majorda beach hosts the annual Christmas Carnival. With a strong European influence reflected in the routine life, Majorda beach is popular for its bakery and toddy imbibing the tradition European technique of baking.
Additionally, you must include exploring the Mae De Deus churches at Majorda beach in your itinerary; this is an architectural genius.
Retreat: Bio Resurge Clinic, Goa
When couture connoisseur Taurn Tahiliani and the yummy-mummy of Big Boss fame (the Indian equivalent to Big Brother) Pooja Bedi check into a retreat birthed by Australian fitness guru Glen Schirmer with experience of having trained, athletes, Olympians, and Hollywood A-listers, it really is worth knowing more about.
Bio Resurge Clinic offers a 28 days long weight loss and fitness program with an aim to trade fat in the body with lean body mass. This weight loss plan incorporates a series of spas, custom-made workouts, balanced eating, and leisurely long walks along beautiful trails to pack the pounds off.
Unarguably this is one of the perfect retreats for anyone looking to get healthy in a lavish way surrounded by picturesque beauty.
2. Whitefield, Bangalore
The IT boom at Bangalore (now Bengaluru) has transformed Whitefield from a secluded settlement to a major technical hub in the city. While at Whitefield, do visit Mughal emperor Tipu Sultan’s summer palace to experience the historical significance of the Mughal era. Some other tourist attractions are Bannerghatta Butterfly Park, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, and Bangalore Palace.
Packed. Whitefield, Bangalore, India.
Soukya Hollistic Health Centre
A great health and weight loss destination in Whitefield is the Soukya Holistic Health Center. Soukya has been highly praised by the likes of the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, the Duchess of York, Sarah Fergusson, motivational speaker Deepak Chopra and various dignitaries from the world over. This doesn’t come as a surprise given that Soukya is a major centre for Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Ayurveda, and Yoga, which is the reason why the centre caters to all mind and body ailments.
For weight loss, their program Shareera (shareer translates into ‘body’ in Hindi) is a 14 day weight loss plan comprising of 66 treatments including parts of Ayurveda, Naturopathy, and Yoga.
3. Haridwar and Rishikesh
Best known for its infamous Kumbha Mela held every twelve years which draws in millions of devotees from all over the world, Haridwar and Rishikesh are at the forefront of the holy places in India. With a strong presence of temples resonating with mythological significance, Haridwar and Rishikesh is a popular destination for adventure sports and nature enthusiasts alike. This is where the sacred river Ganges leaves Himalayas and flows out into the lowland.
Rishikesh and Ganges in the foothills of the Himalayas
Close to Haridwar and Rishikesh there is a spa heaven. Ananda Spa is a word-class lavish retreat, and once the dwelling place of the Maharaja of Tehri-Gharwal. Ananda Spa today has been transformed into a stunning edifice. The packages pander to weight loss, stress, and rejuvenation.
The weight loss program has been formulated to address the physical and mental challenges of fighting the battle of the bulge, while at the same time adopting Western and Ayurvedic technique to help in losing weight.
4. Kottayam, Kerala
The backwaters of Kerala and the vast stretches of unadulterated natural beauty have a tranquilizing effect on the restless mind. It is the most popular wellness destination in India. Apart from tantalizing your taste buds with the delicious South Indian cuisine, take some time out to visit the island of Pathiramanal, Aruvikuzzhi waterfall, and the village of Erumeli.
Kottayam Weight Loss Holiday Retreat
The Kottayam Weight Loss Holiday Retreat offers a comprehensive package where specialists of Ayurveda will determine your requirements and chalk down a personal approach to losing weight through a combination of modern and traditional approach. Aside from providing a holistic weight loss plan, be prepared to revel in the sedating beauty of the nature as this retreat is nestled between lush green fields.
It’s such an amazing way to lose weight in a calm and relaxing environment, which is exactly what each of these weight loss retreats in India has to offer. So, if you are planning your next vacation give these destinations some thought because, after all, losing weight had never been this fun-filled before!