The Real Cost of Losing Weight

By Nikhil Hutheesing - 2012-10-15T12:50:24Z

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Luxury Weight Loss Spas

<p>Lots of overweight people think they need to go to a "fat farm" or experience "boot camp" to shed extra pounds. Or they could compete for a $250,000 grand prize on NBC's "The Biggest Loser." A far more realistic alternative -- and perhaps an option that will keep you more motivated -- is a luxurious weight-loss spa. Here, you can become part of a structured program and perhaps receive a medical evaluation, nutrition counseling and delicious, portion-controlled meals while also getting, if you must, that boot camp experience.

One option:

$8,195: Three meals every day, 16 spa treatments, a lecture on nutrition, a cooking demonstration, a fitness evaluation and fitness classes -- 7 days -- Cal-A-Vie</p>