Weight-loss secrets from a $4,000 spa (1/8)

Try these slim-down secrets from a proven (and expensive) weight-loss program

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A weight-loss retreat

Tucked in the majestic Selkirk Mountains, B.C.’s Mountain Trek has all the trappings of a luxury wellness retreat. At the rustic lodge overlooking Kootenay Lake, guests dine on organic cuisine, detox in saunas and enjoy three weekly massages at the only hiking spa in North America.

But this is no ordinary pamper-fest—it’s a proven weight-loss program. Mountain Trek promises a week of delicious food, invigorating exercise and fast weight loss: most women drop four to six pounds a week, and men shed eight to 10.

Thanks to classes in sleep, diet, exercise and stress, guests learn simple formulas to take their newfound vitality home. “We want people to walk out having fallen back in love with their body,” says program director Kirkland Shave. Here are Mountain Trek’s best weight-loss tips.

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Secrets to Staying Healthy & Happy


Mocha Ricotta Tiramisu

This delectable take on the popular Italian dessert includes the traditional sponge cakes soaked in coffee and liqueur for the base. Then a light and creamy mixture of sweetened ricotta cheese and yogourt replaces the whipped high-fat mascarpone cheese that usually layers the ladyfingers. A sprinkling of grated dark chocolate is the finishing touch.


Chicken Salad Bagel Sandwich

A whole-grain bagel and chicken make this a filling lunch that’s much healthier than a chicken salad sandwich you’d buy.


Recipe: Decadent Chocolate-Crusted Lemon Tart

  Easter has a long history and many symbols, but let’s be honest: for a lot of us, this time of year, our thoughts turn to chocolate. So I was thrilled when the folks at Green & Black’s sent over this amazing-looking recipe for an Organic Chocolate-Crusted Lemon Tart. It’s more sophisticated than your average […]