Getaway at a Glance: Biggest Loser Resort Chicago
Since 2004, tens of millions of viewers have tuned into the reality show The Biggest Loser to watch contestants shed pounds and overhaul their eating habits during an intense weight-loss competition. Each season, a winner emerges up to 150 pounds lighter and with a completely reshaped physique. The show’s focus on committing to strict exercise and nutrition regimens is also at the core of the Biggest Loser Resort Chicago, where guests participate in a range of aerobic activities and eat calorie-controlled spa cuisine, all inspired by the hit show.
- World-class accommodations: The Biggest Loser Resort Chicago is set on the AAA Four Diamond–rated Eaglewood Resort & Spa.
- Structured days: From 6 a.m to 7 p.m., activities might include nature-trail walks, yoga, water aerobics, and educational lectures on weight-loss strategies.
- Chef-designed menus: Meals may include organic vegetable omelets, turkey-and-avocado wraps, or pumpkin panna cotta.
- Fitness facilities: There are three studios with fitness equipment, plus a 76-foot indoor swimming pool, a jacuzzi, a sauna, a steam room, a six-lane bowling alley, and a championship golf course.
- Treat yourself: Guests can book massages, facials, and hair and nail treatments at the resort’s 10,000-square-foot european spa.
Biggest Loser Resorts
Not everyone can be a contestant on NBC's reality show The Biggest Loser. And so, in an effort to help more Americans get fit, the reality show has added three other resorts to its cadre of wellness retreats. In addition to the famous ranch in Malibu, California (the setting of the TV show), there are now resorts in Niagara Falls, Utah, and suburban Chicago.
Though each resort has different amenities, they all share a commitment to exercise, wellness education, and calorie-controlled eating, echoing the ethos of the TV show. Guests may find themselves hiking through a scenic forest in the morning and participating in a boot-camp-style group workout led by an experienced instructor in the afternoon. To fuel those workouts, they enjoy three nutritionally balanced spa meals per day, planned by registered dietitians and cooked by executive chefs. They also glean a wealth of info from daily wellness classes, which cover topics such as planning menus, shopping smart, and eating healthy while traveling. Most resorts also have onsite spas and salons, so guests can treat themselves to soothing massages or haircuts to help complete their makeovers.