Deer Valley Weight Loss Program- How to Slim Down Without Even Trying

A friend of mine spent an entire month participating in a live-in healthy weight loss program last summer. The group met with a nutritionist every day and had healthy balanced meals prepared for them on-site. A trainer worked them out six days a week, five to six hours a day both indoors and out.

I was very proud of him that he made a lifetime commitment to his health (and lost a few pounds,) however, the clinic just didn’t seem like much fun especially for an entire month.  I thought to myself, instead of booking a month at a boring weight loss clinic, why not put together your own weight loss skiing plan for a month at Deer Valley ski resort?  Let’s face it, skiing is a blast and burns a boatload of calories.

025 Mountain Scenic_Deer Valley ResortPersonally, I didn’t lose any weight this ski season.  When I stepped on the scale, the needle never budged.  But everyone kept asking me if I lost weight. I didn’t but what I lost this ski season was inches — two pant sizes to be exact. Even my feet have shrunk, (which is kind of creepy by the way) and I am buying shoes a half size smaller.  Seriously, who cares what the scale says!

Nancy PostThe weird thing is I haven’t done anything differently … except for skiing. I still am addicted to pretzels and wheat thins. I drink wine, eat pizza, cookies and chocolate — all in moderation. No deprivation diets in my house!  Even so, my pants hang on me and my suits need altering.  My body composition has changed with fat being replaced by muscle which is not reflected in the scale.  The only explanation I have for this phenomenon is skiing.

Since I had so much fun this ski season, I skied whenever I possibly could even when it was five degrees or snowing. Once I was there, I stayed out until I absolutely had to come in — my inner child wanted to continue playing in the snow!  This practice helped me lose inches without even noticing and could work easily for everyone.  Anyone wanting to lose their “muffin top” could put together a do-it-yourself weight loss plan and call it the “playing in the snow” program.

014 Deer Valley Resort Birdseye ViewAccording to Livestrong, downhill skiing with moderate effort for a 150 pound person burns about 400 calories per hour.  Taking into account the downtime riding the lift, you could easily ski three full hours in a day even with frequent breaks and burn about 1,200 calories a day. You only need a deficit of 3,500 calories to lose a pound of fat.  So with a ski program, you could lose inches without severely limiting calories.

Here are some ideas on how to put it together:

Ski three days on and take a rest day the fourth day – repeat for an entire month.

Try cross country classic or skate skiing to mix it up and burn even more calories.

Improve your skills and book some Max-4 lessons.

Incorporate a specialty clinic like the women’s ski weekend where you ski three days in a row with the same group and same instructor.

Eat healthy lunches like the “natural salad bar” or “turkey chili” at Silver Lake Lodge or Snow Park.Natural Buffet

Pile your plate high with good healthy delicious food at the Seafood Buffet or Fireside Dining.

If you want to eat the cherry pie, ski an extra half hour that day and indulge with a small portion.Cherry Pie

On your rest day, go to the spa at Montage, Stein Eriksen Lodge or St. Regis and get a massage, sit in the sauna, and/or steam room to relax, revitalize tired muscles and pamper yourself.

Now that’s my kind of a weight loss program!  You learn a new sport or improve your skills. When you are having fun, of course, you are going to get out there earlier and stay longer.  Getting slim by playing in the snow worked for me.  Do you think it might work for you?

4 Responses

  1. HEY THERE -yes, I work out with a trainer twice a week for 1 1/2 hrs. at "home" but it's not "weight loss", and this winter skied almost 5 days a "morning" - I lost 8 lbs. and was eating very well. It's the best weight-loss plan ever :-) says:

    You are so right – WORKS FOR ME 🙂

  2. Summer says:

    I’m really impressed! Great blog entry…really inspiring & a totally different take on diet and exercise.

  3. Claire says:

    It was fun to “ski” vicariously through your blog this winter and i must say…..you look fabulous!

  4. Michelle Gilvear says:

    Nancy you look Fabulous. Think if the money a person could save. Month at a “fat farm” like your friend or a season pass at Deer Valley. What a steal !!!!!

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A little too much powder for me! Hope it’s mostly light dusting during ski hours next week, otherwise I’m going to be eating a lot of snow

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Glad you guys are getting some much needed snow.. Keep dumping

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Fresh powder now

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Abigail we should be there!

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Shoulda been here.

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WOW - great powder!!

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For short people?

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Can’t wait.

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Deep, looks good. We should shoot for some place like this Bonnie Angela, be a fun time

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Jealous

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WOW --- Serious POW . . .

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REally pretty!

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What the heck!!

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I love it

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Cool 😂

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Looks pretty. I think that’s near Park City. Tony’s niece lives in Park City.

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And I have to turn my car air conditioning on when returning from my ski trips here in West Virginia

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YIPPEE!!'

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Skied it with my entire Family 9 years ago. Son its there now.

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Christian you’ve always been awesome skier! And I’ve been to steamboat at least 3 times with you!

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Tony I’m Getting Itchy May have to fly out there for a long weekend 😛. Why do u have to keep teasing me

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Wish we were there! 80 degrees in Houston today. Needles to say, no snow or mountains.

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It was def deeper than 8

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Hey Kimberly Trevino and Gary Silk... The Snowbird forecast was for 3 To 7 In today. Yippee!

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See ya soon Boss

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My happy place

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