That’s why I was very curious about Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa, and when I had the opportunity to do a “test drive” of their program last week, I jumped at the opportunity. Based in Miami, Pritikin’s program has been around for over 40 years and claims that clients not only lose the weight but keep it off over the long term. Initially offered as a program for patients suffering from obesity, hypertension, high blood pressure and diabetes, this medically-managed program now not only serves those who have been urged by their doctors to lose weight for medical reasons, but also those looking to reset, and to get back in shape the healthy way.
What sets this program apart?
They also recognize that a healthy mental outlook is an important factor in a healthy body. You have access to a psychologist and the Director of Behavioral Health & Wellness, Dr. Coral Arvon, who helps you better understand and resolve issues such as nighttime binges, emotional eating, relieving chronic anxiety, and stress management.
What really struck me about Pritikin is the research-based approach to their program. Having a technical background, I’m always looking for supporting evidence and Pritikin’s philosophy and program has been published in numerous medical journals and has an enviable success rate. Not only do they teach you through informative and entertaining lectures given by a highly –qualified team, they also provide ample data to support their claims.
what Can I expect during my stay?
You meet with your assigned physician twice during the week, first as an initial assessment and to review your test results, and a second time at the end of the program to discuss results and next steps. As I was only in the program for a few days (much like the Taste of Pritikin offering, which allows you to sample the program before you commit), I didn’t have a chance to complete the medical components. However, I did participate fully in all other aspects and was able to share in the experience with the other guests.
Every guest participates in core lectures including label reading, biology of weight control, diseases of our time and several others, as well as strength training and cardio sessions.
In between the core selections, you have the option to participate in electives such as group fitness classes, special lunch seminars, or time at the spa. The resort on which Pritikin is based also has a golf course, tennis courts, and croquet available for companions who may not be participating in the program or for guests who have extra time (you would have to get up a bit early or plan for these activities after your core program as the days are pretty full).
What can I expect in terms of food?
What can i expect in terms of fitness?
Having an incredible workout track and a personal trainer who gives very explicit instructions on what to watch out for as well as providing continuous motivation, was a welcome change from me attempting to brave my local gym alone.
Can families stay at pritikin?
What can I expect after leaving?
Although I was only onsite for a few days, I was able to see just how well the Pritikin method works and was also able to develop some wonderful friendships which will last long after I leave Miami.