Fatpacking: A Backpacking Fitness Vacation

August 13, 2014 by


Instead of visiting a fat farm or spa on vacation, those looking to shed some unwanted pounds are turning to fatpacking. Unlike a spa experience, these backpacking expeditions visit some of the most beautiful areas in the country and help you lose weight at the same time.

In 2014, the Fatpacking company will offer 25 one- and two-week backpacking trips with destinations including some of the country’s most famous national parks, however it does require a modicum level of fitness. In fact, the founder of Fatpacking says that “If you are a candidate for ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Fatpacking is probably not for you. But for someone maybe 30 or 35 pounds overweight, this is a perfect activity.”


Enjoy a day off trail canoeing or kayaking.

What Is Fatpacking?

Fatpacking is much more than a weight loss vacation. While it is a great opportunity for those who need to lose weight, it is also for adventurers who are fit. Groups typically hike five to eight hours a day and take frequent breaks for other fun activities like swimming and sometimes include a day off the trail to canoe or kayak.

Eating on the Trail

Meals are prepared by guides but even for those in it to lose weight, there is no counting calories. Meals are nutritious and include the caloric intake needed for backpacking. This keeps blood sugar steady.

When hiking, you’ll need to eat two or three meals a day. Backpacking by its very nature helps people lose weight because you can only eat what you can carry. There is no running to the convenience store or sneaking to the refrigerator.

Fatpacking takes measurements before you head out and uses a body composition monitor to gauge body fat percentage, hydration and your metabolic age. Some people lose as much as six pounds of fat during a week of fatpacking.

This is an ideal vacation for those who want to lose some weight but don’t really want to mention that to friends and family. Instead, you can just tell them you’re going backpacking and the owner of Fatpacking helps with that, too, as the alternative name of his company if Fitpacking. For more information, visit their website.

Photo credits: ryochiji, jurvetson

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  1. Penny W. says:

    Sounds a little bit like torture in the beginning, but I bet once you commit to it then it could be life-changing. Cool idea.

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