Weight Loss Program

You’re at a crossroads – ready to commit to changing your life for the better and losing weight once and for all. So you’ve been looking for a proven, science-based program for healthy weight loss, lifelong weight maintenance and a more joyful, vibrant life. You want to feel better and live healthier, now and for the rest of your life.

The Canyon Ranch Weight Loss Program at the Life Enhancement Center® is for you.

Unlike traditional weight loss resorts, you won’t find tedious, cookie-cutter weight-loss directives and dreary menus here. We have top experts in the fields of nutrition, exercise physiology, life management, and lifestyle medicine – all working to create the best plan for your individual needs. For the week (or longer) you stay with us, these professionals will work alongside you, providing the tools you’ll need to make a lasting change. You’ll be inspired and empowered to live healthy. And in follow-up phone or video sessions, our experts will be available to encourage and advise you, long after you’ve returned home.

Meet Drew, a guest in the Weight Loss Program at the LEC who shared her story with us:


At the Life Enhancement Center, you’ll feel at ease from day one – surrounded by supportive peers and the expert guidance of our caring staff. In a small-group setting, you’ll meet others who share your aspirations. You’ll consult with our wellness professionals to plan a customized strategy to attain a healthy weight. And you’ll be encouraged to take advantage of all the fun and activity that Canyon Ranch has to offer – from soul-satisfying yoga and meditation classes to our exciting High Ropes Challenge Course and much more.

The Canyon Ranch Weight Loss Program is all about creating a happier, healthier you for life. After all, Canyon Ranch was founded by a man who’d struggled with weight and poor health until he discovered that active, mindful, healthy living was the answer. For nearly thirty-five years, the company Mel Zuckerman created has been inspired by his success, and by the tens of thousands of guests who have changed their lives for the better at our destination health resorts.

Now it’s your turn to create your own success story. We’re here to help make it happen.

2017 Available Dates
January 1 – 8
January 22 – 29
February 5 – 12
February 26 – March 5
March 12 – 19
March 19 – 26
April 2 – 9
April 16 – 23
May 7 – 14
May 28 – June 4
July 2 – 9
July 23 – 30
August 6 – 13
August 20 – 27
September 3 – 10
September 17 – 24
October 1 – 8
October 22 – 29
November 12 – 19
December 10 – 17

As a special gift of health, the usual $500 program fee will be waived for these programs (some restrictions apply).

Call 800-742-9000 to reserve and to see whether the Canyon Ranch Weight Loss Program at the Life Enhancement Center® is right for you.


The Canyon Ranch Weight Loss Program at the Life Enhancement Center® was created in response to guests who sought a structured weight loss experience of one week or longer, comprehensive and fully customized.

The program is led by a team of Canyon Ranch integrative health professionals with specialties in medicine, nutrition, exercise physiology, life management and spirituality.

The result is the best of both worlds: both structure and opportunities for fun and discovery. At Canyon Ranch, all the ingredients are in place for the enjoyment of life’s healthy pleasures – and you’ll be invited to explore them all.

Through private consultations and a detailed schedule of classes and group activities (* link to Lectures & Workshops page), you’ll expand your understanding of healthy living and establish the habits you need to reach your goals. Plus, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to savor healthy gourmet cuisine, relax by one of our pools, or pamper yourself with a luxurious spa treatment.

The depth and whole-person approach of the Canyon Ranch Weight Loss Program is unique. No other weight loss program offers:

  • A state-of-the-art DEXA Body Composition Test conducted by a physician, along with follow-up exercise physiology and nutrition consultations for review and planning. This test precisely measures lean body mass and fat distribution and provides specific guidelines to assist you in reaching your goal weight. It’s the most valuable assessment and analysis for anyone who wants to lose weight.
  • A generous allowance to customize your experience with personal training, life management counseling or additional state-of-the-art assessments such as the VO2 Max (which measures your body’s ability to consume oxygen) and Resting Metabolic Rate, which reveals how many calories you burn at rest and provides specific guidelines to assist you in reaching your goal weight.
  • Informative talks on leading-edge health and wellness topics, led by our integrative health professionals (* link to Our Experts page).
  • Facilitated group discussions focusing on awareness, challenges and successful strategies for lasting weight loss and overall health.
  • Support, guidance and planning provided to each participant (both prior to arrival and throughout their stay) by Life Enhancement Program® advisors and Nurse Educators.
  • Coaching at Home services to use after you leave.
  • An incredible setting for group activities: the beautiful Life Enhancement Center (* link to Life Enhancement Center page), with its private fitness, dining, classroom and locker facilities.

You won’t find this level of individualized support, science-based information and life management tools anywhere else. Canyon Ranch has the ultimate program for anyone in search of effective healthy weight strategies to last a lifetime.

View a sample schedule from the Canyon Ranch Weight Loss Program at the Life Enhancement Center. (* link to sample schedule PDF)


Program Leaders

Canyon Ranch physicians are renowned trailblazers in lifestyle medicine.

As a participant in the Canyon Ranch Weight Loss Program, you will benefit from their profound expertise in comprehensive assessment and evaluation.

They share wide experience in helping guests with personalized treatment and prevention plans with an emphasis on physical activity, nutrition and sleep; and they are extremely knowledgeable about optimal aging, peak physical and cognitive performance, and sustainable lifestyle change.

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Lectures & Workshops

As a Canyon Ranch Weight Loss Program participant, you will benefit from the in-depth knowledge and experience of Ranch professionals, and will return home with all the understanding and tools you need to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

The schedule of activities includes:

  • Presentations & Workshops
  • Optimal Weight Loss: The Medical Approach
  • Exercise for Weight Loss
  • Honoring the Body: Your Sacred Home
  • Figuring It Out for Myself
  • Chinese Medicine for Healthy Weight
  • Portion Distortion
  • What’s in Your Pantry?
  • Healthy Eating on the Go
  • Implementing Your Exercise Plan
  • Where’s the Joy?
  • Charting Your Success

Fitness Activities

  • Morning Walks and Canyon Hike
  • Stride & Strength
  • Strength Training for Weight Loss
  • Yoga Stretch
  • Burdenko Water Workout
  • Totally Tubing
  • Pilates Mat
  • Qi Gong
  • Interval Training
  • Tai Chi

Dynamic and inspiring Canyon Ranch Founder Mel Zuckerman will also personally share his story during each program week (based on his availability).

“Losing weight and becoming active changed my life profoundly, and created change in the world, as well, because it led to the founding of Canyon Ranch. There is no way to exaggerate the difference that sustainable weight loss can make in an individual’s health, in how a person feels and what a person can accomplish.”

– Mel Zuckerman, Canyon Ranch Founder and Chairman

Programming is led by outstanding Canyon Ranch experts:

Note: Presentation and workshop topics are subject to change.



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