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(Health.com) -- Five years ago, Juli Ackerman never thought she'd be able to buy an off-the-rack wedding dress.
At 5 feet 10 inches, the software-company executive from Newport, California, then 40, was 280 pounds.
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"I think I lost eight pounds, but that's only because they starve you," Mc Laren says. " "Weight-loss camps are not an easy or quick fix," says Jennifer Hester, a sports exercise and education researcher at Leeds Metropolitan University, in the U. "The short-term investment of time and money does not automatically equate to healthy weight management in the long term." A new generation of weight-loss resorts Between 20, the number of accredited youth weight-loss camps in the U. Y., which opened its doors in 1968 -- helped bring weight-loss programs for kids and teens into the spotlight.
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[Instead] it becomes about who markets these services the best way." Health.com: Walk a little, lose a lot Is a weight-loss retreat for you?
Attending a weight-loss retreat is not a decision to be made lightly.
The research on residential weight-loss programs is limited, and the results have been mixed.
Studies of the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa, in Aventura, Florida -- the most researched program of its kind -- have found that guests lose between 4 percent and 5 percent of their body weight.