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Would You Pay $5,600 for a 'Starvation Vacation'?

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Making your summer vacation plans? Here's a new one to consider: $5,600 to eat almost nothing at all for a week.

Wall Street Journal reporter Christina Binkley did just this at the Ranch at Live Oak in Malibu, Calif.

Binkley says "starvation hadn't been my goal" when she booked the trip -- rather, she was looking forward to daily massages, hiking, eating good food and getting fit.

She soon learned that exercise is mandatory at the Ranch, and coffee, meat and wine are forbidden. Breakfast was just 170 calories, lunch 310 calories and dinner 430 calories. And while she spent most of the week hungry and cranky, by the end she found herself 6.5 pounds thinner (weight she surely gained back within two weeks of being home) and oddly relaxed.

Would you spend almost $6,000 to starve yourself for a week?

Read More: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100014240527487046...

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  • Bulanova (Team Hargitay) 2011/03/29 20:10:53
    No
    Bulanova (Team Hargitay)
    +7
    Why does this ranch have breakfast being the lightest meal and dinner being the heaviest? It's supposed to be exactly the opposite - taking in the most calories during the morning (so you have energy all day and a full day to burn it off) and taking in the fewest late before bed (so you don't sleep and let it turn to fat with no way to burn it off). I'm not an expert and even I know that. And 6.5 pounds in a week, that has GOT to be mostly water weight. Totally not worth it.

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  • Liza Jane wpsark 2011/03/29 21:55:36
  • wpsark Liza Jane 2011/03/29 21:59:04
    wpsark
    ah interesting
  • ♥Hannah... wpsark 2011/03/30 00:55:54
    ♥Hannah♥~GSA
    +1
    Yay, someone understands what I was trying to tell her.
  • Dawn wpsark 2011/03/30 00:58:21
    Dawn
    +1
    Actually in mountain areas alot ARE starving for the fact that the community was centered on coal and other mining industries. Now that those resources are gone they starve because their is almost nowhere to work and too rocky to farm. Also, I'd consider the Eastern Shore rural.
  • Stan Liza Jane 2011/03/29 22:08:44
    Stan
    +1
    Well said, I'm also quite sure that this is geared more for the overweight or grossly obese people.

    This is obviously not targeted at the athletic or active individuals
  • Anna E 2011/03/29 21:13:44
    No
    Anna E
    +3
    $5600 per week? WOW! Someone's got some racketeering going on.
    I would sooner spend the $5600 on groceries for people and families that can't find work.
  • it'skrissie!d:) 2011/03/29 20:57:02
    No
    it'skrissie!d:)
    +3
    You can do it at home. But I don't support people who starve themselves. It's sick.
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2011/03/29 20:54:19
    No
    MOMMA THOMAS
    +2
    I CAN STAY HOME AND STARVE. IN FACT, COULD GO JUST ABOUT ANYPLACE IN THE WORLD AND NOT EAT AT LESS COST THAN $5,600.
  • kmay 2011/03/29 20:52:20
    No
    kmay
    Stupid gimic.
  • Vic~*PHAET*~ 2011/03/29 20:41:47
    No
    Vic~*PHAET*~
    +1
    I can do that on my own time, thanks.
  • M A 2011/03/29 20:32:52
    No
    M A
    +2
    I can starve myself for free
  • bruce banner 2011/03/29 20:12:18
    No
    bruce banner
    +1
    NO WAY
  • sabbatha 2011/03/29 20:11:02
    No
    sabbatha
    +2
    Doesn't sound like much of a vacation
  • Bulanova (Team Hargitay) 2011/03/29 20:10:53
    No
    Bulanova (Team Hargitay)
    +7
    Why does this ranch have breakfast being the lightest meal and dinner being the heaviest? It's supposed to be exactly the opposite - taking in the most calories during the morning (so you have energy all day and a full day to burn it off) and taking in the fewest late before bed (so you don't sleep and let it turn to fat with no way to burn it off). I'm not an expert and even I know that. And 6.5 pounds in a week, that has GOT to be mostly water weight. Totally not worth it.
  • PhilCooper Bulanov... 2011/03/30 02:48:32
    PhilCooper
    The total calorie intake is so low that it probably doesn't matter in which order the high-calorie meal is presented. It's not even enough to sustain the body's basal metabolism. The guests are literally starving.
  • Walks_on_Clouds 2011/03/29 20:09:12
    No
    Walks_on_Clouds
    +4
    Guess Ms Brinkley will ask a few more questions next time before booking a vacation. What a ditz.
  • ThePumpkinator 2011/03/29 20:05:28
    No
    ThePumpkinator
    +3
    Maybe, if I was stupid enough to qualify as the person who wrote this article.
  • magic_is_might BN-0 2011/03/29 19:42:15
    No
    magic_is_might BN-0
    +3
    I can do that for free at home, so.... no thank you.
  • Whatsername 2011/03/29 19:41:38
    No
    Whatsername
    +2
    i can do that by my self without spending any money
  • bye 2011/03/29 19:33:02
  • shinnis 2011/03/29 19:22:43
    No
    shinnis
    +3
    are you nuts?
  • 83Pats12 2011/03/29 19:19:32
    No
    83Pats12
    +2
    HELL NO
  • Aurora 2011/03/29 19:07:40
    No
    Aurora
    +4
    I can do all that for free....
  • Rocky 2011/03/29 18:53:30
    No
    Rocky
    +2
    You have to be kidding? A starvation vacation. Not even hardly!
  • earl 2011/03/29 18:51:50
    No
    earl
    +1
    Ah,No!
  • Angie 2011/03/29 18:43:54
    No
    Angie
    +3
    I was all for it until the ''no wine bit''

    There are some sacrifices I will not make!
  • Faith † Angie 2011/03/30 00:46:47
  • Faith † Angie 2011/03/30 00:47:18
  • Angie Faith † 2011/03/30 13:06:27
    Angie
    +1
    Cheers :D
  • none 2011/03/29 18:42:47
    No
    none
    +1
    I could do the same thing at home and it would cost less than a normal week because I'd be eating less food. Paying $5,600 for something you can do yourself is making the Ranch alot of money off of people that obviously have little will power and too much money.
  • Crazy Feet 2011/03/29 18:36:09
    No
    Crazy Feet
    +1
    not just for a week
  • Boss 2011/03/29 18:28:40
    No
    Boss
    +1
    this is one good reason why we need to raise taxes on the very rich..anyone who has $5600 to spend on ridiculous thing like this has way too much disposable income...
  • missEMOFOX 2011/03/29 18:26:57 (edited)
    No
    missEMOFOX
    +1
    I could do that at home if I wanted. Plus, what is all that money for, certainly not the food...
  • o 2011/03/29 18:21:06
    No
    o
    +1
    id rather go to mcdonalds thanks :)
    mcdonalds mcdonalds
  • Monster Claws 2011/03/29 18:18:51
    No
    Monster Claws
    it doesnt sound that bad but its too expensive..... and i like food on vacations maybe if it was less i would consider it
  • AlCashier 2011/03/29 18:13:57
    No
    AlCashier
    +1
    we are already "starv-acationing" at home on generic hotdogs and mac&cheese; as michelle obama feasts on taxpayer-dollar imported lobster at every meal.
  • shinnis AlCashier 2011/03/29 19:21:00
    shinnis
    +1
    here we go!......
  • Lady-DeathBright 2011/03/29 18:08:05
    No
    Lady-DeathBright
    +1
    For that much I'm going to eat myself into food coma every night on some of the finest foods!
  • Açorda 2011/03/29 18:07:38
    No
    Açorda
    +1
    That's too much money to have a diet... I have a similar one without paying $5,600
  • PhilCooper 2011/03/29 18:05:49
    No
    PhilCooper
    +2
    I'd find a way to starve on my own, on-the-cheap. By the looks of how this poll is already shaping up, if it were up to folks like us, Ranch at Live Oak would be starving itself out of business.

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