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Destination: Hilton Head Health Wellness Retreat and Weight-Loss Spa, South Carolina

I never thought I'd be checking into a weight-loss resort. But after yo-yoing between rabbit food and oversize takeout containers, I was carrying 20 pounds of excess baggage, and a weeklong stay at Hilton Head Health (H3) resort on South Carolina's Hilton Head Island seemed like the ideal kick-starter.

It wasn't until I was at H3 attending a seminar entitled "Stress and Emotional Eating" that I realized the absurdity of my inhaling an airport bacon, egg and cheese biscuit on my way to fat camp. And the results from my earlier body-fat analysis and cholesterol tests proved I wasn't getting away with any of this secret snacking.

Luckily, my week's schedule was chock-full of healthy cooking classes, powwows with my personal health coach, and eat-right seminars. After just about every meal, I went online to pull the recipes. I was shocked that the 1,200 to 1,400 calories I ate each day were actually tastier than my airport splurge, and definitely more filling.

Meanwhile, I squeezed in daily exercise, ranging from TRX class to tennis to walking along the resort's 60-plus miles of trails and beachfront. Hitting 10,000 steps a day on the Fitbit I had received at check-in was a piece...well, you know.

At week's end, I had dropped five pounds and a couple of body-fat percentage points, and had made some progress on my cholesterol levels. But I was the proudest of myself the day I got home. Before I even had a chance for temptation to strike, I spent three hours cooking a week's worth of my new fave healthy meals. I snapped a pic of my fully rehabbed fridge and sent it to my H3 health coach. "Textbook. Beautiful," he said.
-- K. Aleisha Fetters

Book it: Available year-round, $3,260 and up per week, including up to $400 in resort money to spend; use the discount code FITNESS to receive an additional $200;

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Total Transformation Vacation With Brett Hoebel: This all-inclusive retreat at Amansala Eco-Chic Resort in Tulum, Mexico, features signature cardio-sculpt and capoeira classes from former Biggest Loser trainer Brett Hoebel, yoga (on stand-up paddle-boards and on land) with pro Dashama Gordon, healthy meals and more. Bonus: Check the site for details on how to win a freebie trip. (November 29 to December 6, $1,499 and up;


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