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Life-changing Weight Loss Retreat in Mexico

Apr 27, 2012 01:50PM ● By Erin Lehn Floresca

Most resorts offer a place for people to take a vacation. And then there are resorts that offer a vacation that can change one’s life. Patrick and Julieta Crosby, owners of the Hotel Troncones in Troncones, Mexico, offer the life-changing variety. The Crosbys, founders of the Be Fit For Life program, create an unforgettable one-to-two week weight loss retreat for guests.

This one-of-a-kind weight loss program truly is in a class of its own. To begin with, Be Fit For Life is not a crash diet. “We’re not looking to get people temporarily fit or healthy. It’s all about changing one’s lifestyle,” says Patrick. Be Fit For Life introduces a new way of living to participants in a gradual manner. This is important, says Patrick, because all too often he’s seen people get on a program, get over-trained, and ultimately, drop out. “People quit,” explains Patrick, “their minds and bodies reject the program because it is too extreme.” But not with Be Fit For Life. It is suitable for all fitness levels because The Crosbys and their staff tailor the program to each individual participant.

Another aspect that makes Be Fit For Life stand apart from similar programs is that participants can bring guests—including their beloved furry pals. “We decided at the beginning of designing this program that everybody is welcome. People enjoy themselves more when they can make a vacation out of it,” says Patrick. “Who wants to visit a place like Troncones and leave their family or pets behind? Plus, a group of friends could all go in on a suite and it’s more cost effective that way.”

The program itself is simple. Participants learn the basics on dieting, fitness, wellness and nutrition while losing weight and eating delicious, healthy foods. Exercise sessions each day include activities like yoga, cycling and water aerobics. Daily seminars—by expert trainers and speakers on subjects such as diets and motivation—round out the experience.

“We’re not looking to get people temporarily fit or healthy. It’s all about changing one’s lifestyle.”

The program isn’t the only thing that shines. The accommodations are outstanding as well. The Hotel Troncones is an eco-friendly, beachfront boutique resort. Lodging consists of private bungalows, one and two bedroom suites, and deluxe suites. “Other perks that people can choose to include on their vacation include facials, massages and other spa-like amenities,” says Patrick. “These services are very affordable in Troncones, so participants might get a little spoiled.”

Plus, the town of Troncones, a small coastal village consisting of just a few hundred locals, according to the Crosbys “is a magical place.” The town features several miles of unspoiled beaches and the friendliest townspeople. And while it is miles away from it all, Troncones is just 23 miles from Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa International Airport, so getting there is easy “My approach is simple—I just like to see people get healthy. With Be Fit For Life, I aim to make these changes be a part of each participant’s life forever,” says Patrick.

The next program starts May 20 and spots are still available. To sign up, call 855-944-5433 or visit