In regard to Weight Loss Programs IRS Publication 502 states the following:

Excerpt from IRS Publication 502 (Eligible Medical and Dental Expenses)

Weight-Loss Program

You can include in medical expenses amounts you pay to lose weight if it is a treatment for a specific disease diagnosed by a physician (such as obesity, hypertension, or heart disease). This includes fees you pay for membership in a weight reduction group as well as fees for attendance at periodic meetings. You cannot include membership dues in a gym, health club, or spa as medical expenses, but you can include separate fees charged there for weight loss activities.

Excerpt from IRS Publication 502 (under Non-admissable)

You cannot include the cost of diet food or beverages in medical expenses because the diet food and beverages substitute for what is normally consumed to satisfy nutritional needs.

BLRN Eligible Expenses (guest must have BLRN Letter of Medical Necessity from Physician)

On your BLRN receipt items marked:

  • “Fitness”
  • “Room”
  • “Resort”


  • Private Life Coaching Sessions with receipt
  • Private Personal Training Sessions with receipt

Expenses Not Eligible for Tax Write Off

On your BLRN receipt items marked

  • “Food”


  • Transportation to and from BLRN
  • BLRN Consultative Services not directly related to Weight Loss – e.g. Private Massage, Facial, Pedicure, Hair & Makeup

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