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“Real Weight Loss Center” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Duke University Diet and Fitness Center

Duke University Diet and Fitness Center
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501 Douglas Street, Durham, NC   |  
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Ranked #33 of 67 Hotels in Durham
Bethesda, Maryland
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“Real Weight Loss Center”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This can be a life changing, life saving solution for one who needs to lose weight or improve their health. This is science-based weight loss center affiliated with Duke Medical. Nothing weird here. You eat real food that is nutritionally sound, tasty and served in appropriate portions. You attend lectures and exercise classes throughout the day that educate you about everything from what is a calorie to how to shop for healthy food. Too much detail for this short review but look into it if you really need to change your life in relation to your weight and or health. Local hotels have special deals so lodging is affordable while you attend the program. The staff at the DFC is excellent and they are compassionate. They are experts in obesity and health. You lose weight in a healthy way and change your relationship with food and your health. I have lost 35 pounds since I first went two years ago. It has been slow but consistent and my health is so much better. I have the DFC to thank.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Went twice over Xmas starting in 2010. My weight was 258. Today, 205. They teach you what and what not to eat and why and how and why you get heavy and how you lose weight. I do not diet and hardly exercise. When you go there you eat 3 or more good healthy meals a day and are never hungry. It is not a fat farm. It is helpful education and physical training from world class medical professionals who are experts in weight loss and control. It is not a fad or fashionable hip place. It is not cheap but not at all expensive for what you get and I met people who were not heavy, and when I asked why they were there they told me they use to be heavy but then they went to DFC and lost it and they go there every year or so for a "tune up". It's all mental. And once you get your mind around it you learn that it is not difficult.
You just have to think about what you are consuming and what you are burning. Daily.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Two of my family members spent four weeks at the Center. As far as we have found, there isn't a single program anywhere like it in the US. You are surrounded by a staff who has every skill needed to support you in getting to the healthy place that you desire. They have full access to the medical facility if you need it, but with nutritionists/chefs, physical therapists/trainers psychologists and MD's in the building, you don't have to leave unless you have a unique need. Everyone there has struggles so it removes all of the discomfort that is typically felt in a gym or pool with the body builders or families. The food is tasty, although you are dieting. The staff is helpful and there are activities at night with the group if you like. The only complaint is that billing for any tests seems to take months to get a final statement. My family members made good friends here who keep them motivated even a year after leaving. It is truly a world-class program at a reasonable cost that give you the right habits to change your life for the long term.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012

but you have to be ready to work with them. The people there are fantastic: knowledgeable, helpful, friendly. There is a wonderful camraderie among the people coming to the DFC -- everyone reaches out to everyone else (not in an icky way at all). You will learn so much about getting the weight off and keeping it off -- the whole you. Psychologists, exercise gurus, motivational specialists, doctors, dieticians. If I could, I'd go there every year for a kind of "touch-up"...but they give you the tools to take weight off and keep it off.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Additional Information about Duke University Diet and Fitness Center

Address: 501 Douglas Street, Durham, NC
Location: United States > North Carolina > Durham
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #33 of 67 Hotels in Durham
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This idea has been the cornerstone of our success for more than 40 years with more than 50,000 clients. The only weight loss program of its kind integrated within a world-renowned academic medical center, the Duke Diet and Fitness Center in Durham, North Carolina offers you the gift of time and person-to-person, individualized treatment to help you lose weight and transform your life.The foundation of our ongoing success -- stunning outcomes supported by the latest medical science -- is a sound program for weight loss and lifestyle transformation that features:An individualized medically-oriented plan based on your specific weight loss needs and goals--medical, emotional, nutrition and fitness.Expert team-based support to make the plan real in your life.A safe and supportive community in which to begin to implement your plan.Regular opportunities to practice on your own -- with the guided support you need to build confidence and stamina -- and, most important, to see results and experience success. ... more   less 
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