In January, a friend mentioned a weight-loss retreat in Costa Rica and how she lost 10 lbs. I looked at her and said a “fat farm” and suddenly I was intrigued. Would this “fat farm” be similar to the Biggest Loser? What would it entail?
After doing some research, my friends and I decided to sign up for a 4-days/3-nights in Samara, Costa Rica. Before I get into the retreat, let me give you some background of Samara. Their motto is “Pura Vida” meaning pure life. When you are ready to retire or don’t give a insert explicit, you go to Samara. It is pretty much a chilled atmosphere living near the water where the cost of living is relatively inexpensive.
Okay, now back to the weight-loss retreat. The website stated that we would be working out 3 to 4 hours day and our meal would consist of juicing or salad. They were not lying. Our typical day was
6:45 am 1 hour Power walk which included the beach and trails
8:00 am Breakfast Juice
8:30 am Strength Training
9:30 am Detox drink
10:00 am Cardio
Noon Lunch Juice
1:00 pm Stretch/Yoga
2:00 pm Detox Drink
2:00 pm Free Time
5:00 pm Dinner Juice or Salad
I do consider myself an active person who tries to eat healthy about 80% of the time, but the retreat kicked my butt. I found out that I am not used to hiking. Okay, hills! I don’t like inclines! I live in Florida and we are so flat that we can see Georgia. The morning walk nearly took all my strength to continue. There were times I just wanted to call an Uber and be done with it.
Now as for the juicing and no real food. By Saturday, I had a doozy of a headache. Thank God, I packed some Advil. The detox was working and my body was expelling the toxins. I am going to admit one thing, on the first day of juicing, I was begging for something to chew. A banana! An apple! They said no. However, they offered to make me a salad for dinner. Our host said I will make you a kale salad that has avocado, cucumber, cilantro, sunflower seeds with a lime dressing. I literally thought it was Christmas. I imagined this big bowl of salad. What she presented was barely 3 oz. I ate it and went to bed at 6:30 pm.
Overall, it was a great weekend of being disciplined. In total, we all lost between 3 to 10 lbs. Was this a great option for weight-loss? Yes, but not for long-term. It is definitely a way to detox our body to start you on your weight-loss journey. Of course, the best part of this journey is with friends interNATionally.