So you’ve made the plunge, and have decided to attend a weight loss summer camp. But what should you expect? Here are three of the most common things that you can expect when attending a weight loss summer camp. Be sure to consult with your doctor, nurse, or health care professional before attending one of these camps.
Regularly Scheduled Physical Activity
One thing that you can definitely plan on happening at a summer weight loss camp is regularly scheduled physical activity. Since adults and children who attend summer weight loss camps are trying to lose weight, and since exercise is one of the best ways that you can actually lose weight, there will be no lack of games, hikes, and swims planned for participants. It is important for people who plan on attending one of these camps to understand that, while dieting is important to lose weight, research has found that a combination of diet and exercise works best. This is because, in order to lose one pound of weight, a person must eliminate 3500 calories from their diet–or around 700 calories per day– in order to lose one pound per week. Cutting 700 calories from your diet can be difficult, to say the least. By exercising and burning calories, people who are interested in weight loss will have to cut fewer calories from their diet. Be sure to consult with your doctor, nurse, or health care professional before attending a weight loss summer camp in order to ensure that you are healthy enough to participate in the physical activities.
Another thing you can count on when attending a weight loss summer camp are healthy meals. Gone will be the hot dogs, cheeseburgers, and s’mores; in will the be grilled chicken, fruit salad, and vegetables. Individuals who are trying to lose weight should eat a balanced diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains, and a weight loss summer camp is actually one of the best ways to learn how to participate in this type of diet. You can expect registered dietitians to be on hand.
Finally, it is important that when attending a weight loss summer camp that you are prepared to spend plenty of time talking in group and individual counseling sessions. These sessions may cover a variety of different topics, including how your weight problem got to this point, how to go grocery shopping, and other topics related to obesity and the transition to a healthier lifestyle. While you may initially feel nervous to talk about such personal topics with strangers, it is important to remember that all members are in the same boat, and they may be able to provide you with tips that can help you lose weight and get healthy.