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The Spark: The 28-Day Breakthrough Plan for Losing Weight, Getting Fit, and Transforming Your Life Hardcover – December 29, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House; 1 edition (December 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401926452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401926458
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (309 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Commonly known as “SparkGuy,” Chris Downie is the founder and CEO of SparkPeople.com, the largest healthy lifestyle community online. Chris and his team have led SparkPeople to become the most active diet and fitness website in the U.S. according to comScore, garnering the attention of media outlets including The New York Times, ABC News, FOX TV, The Today Show, and many more. As SparkPeople’s resident motivation expert, Chris corresponds directly with members everyday. He has written over 10,000 personal messages offering encouragement and congratulations. With more than five million members, SparkPeople and its associated websites (sparkrecipes.com, babyfit.com, and sparkteens.com) gain nearly 175,000 new members each month.

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Commonly known as "SparkGuy," Chris Downie is the founder and CEO of SparkPeople, the largest healthy lifestyle community online. Chris and his team have led SparkPeople to become the most active diet and fitness website in the U.S. according to comScore, garnering the attention of media outlets including The New York Times, ABC News, FOX TV, The Today Show, and many more. As SparkPeople's resident motivation expert, Chris corresponds directly with members everyday. He has written over 10,000 personal messages offering encouragement and congratulations. With more than five million members, SparkPeople and its associated websites gain nearly 175,000 new members each month.

Customer Reviews

Easy read and very motivating.
Marielle La Mar
So I would recommend this book to anyone making life style changes for a healthier you.
Lynn
The book is a a great companion to the website and I am so glad I purchased it.
Susan Back

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

112 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Paula on July 4, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I got this book because a friend lost 40 pounds in the last 10 months and was raving about Spark and the SparkPeople website. So I bought this and I'm happy I listened to her. I think this book is necessary for anyone trying to lose weight even if you don't use the diet or exercise information in it.

This book is more than just diet and exercise. It's inspirational and the focus is on you as a person and gently nudges you into creating a better lifestyle in an easy manner for yourself. Diet and exercise come after that for true and permanent weight loss. That's a big distinction from other diet and exercise books.

There's incredible support at the SparkPeople website. In fact, you should definitely join up there in order to get the most out of this book.

One of the biggest reasons people fail at weight loss is because they don't have any positive support that they can fall back. So maximize the benefits of this book by joining the website to get the kind of support that will propel you to success. It's free.

Like another reviewer mentioned, this program successfully connects weight loss with all the other aspects of your life instead of having a disconnect or wall between weight loss and the rest of your life.

Spark is great for taking information from other books and programs that have more of the nuts and bolts of fast weight loss tricks and meshing them into your life without making weight loss a burden and a big struggle.

I've personally lost 24 pounds and 3.5 inches from my waist in 5 weeks (a lot faster weight loss than my friend) by using this Spark book, the SparkPeople website for support,
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308 of 347 people found the following review helpful By James John Hollandsworth, M.D. VINE VOICE on December 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
True or false: People fail to lose weight and keep it off because they don't realize they need to eat healthy food and exercise.

We know that isn't true-- everyone knows about healthy food and exercise. But isn't that the message of most "diet" books? Once you find the right magic foods and the right magic exercise, once you have that secret knowledge not found in any other diet book, then YOU will lose that weight!

If we are willing to be honest, the real reason we are not losing weight is US--- we end up choosing to eat that dessert, to sleep in instead of pounding the pavement, to say to ourselves "this is never going to work."

And that's where The Spark starts: with how we view and live our life and how we can make sustainable positive change. In fact, it doesn't even start talking about what foods to eat until page 84.

Where it starts is with four "cornerstones" of positive living: focus, fitness, fire, and positive force. The author takes a chapter on each of these concepts and lays out how they apply to life in general and a life shift like weight loss in particular.

So, does this work? Does the effort to really understand the principles of positive change make a difference? Well, this book is really just the distillation of a website & online community, [...], which has helped tens of thousands of people make meaningful change. In fact, the center of the book contains short bios and color photos of seventeen people, real people, real people who you can actually contact through the sparkpeople online community, who have used the principles to lose big weight (most of them 100+ pounds) and keep it off and really change their lives.

Yes, the healthy diet and exercise tips are in there, just like in every diet book.
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136 of 153 people found the following review helpful By Brent Butler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
"The Spark" (the book) is in my opinion not what people beginning a diet need to lose weight. However, I'm not sorry I bought it, for one very important reason. I'm grateful from the use of their web site, and happy to contribute to their income by buying the book.

I started a diet in mid-June, and I used SparkPeople to track my calories. It helped me immensely, and in two months I've lost 17 pounds that at the start of the summer I had no idea I would or could be losing. However, I did it because I got into the nuts and bolts of calorie control and switching to better foods on day one of my diet.

I want to emphasize that SparkPeople is a wonderful set of tools and resources to help you lose weight. I owe a lot of my weight loss to making use of the web site's tools, and without it I would not have lost as much weight as I already have.

The book is not as clear cut.

The first 80% of this book spends most of its time talking about organization and motivation techniques. It came across to me much more like books that are intended to pump up a sales staff than a book which would help someone who is overweight kick start their weight loss program. Frankly, I don't think it is helpful to try to get someone who desperately needs to lose weight to juggle many different motivational concepts. That's just too confusing. When a book tells me that one of the first things I need to do to lose weight is to embrace "Positive Force", I'm sorry, I don't know that that means, and I'm still fuzzy about it after finishing the book. LOL

What someone who has trouble because they've gained weight needs is a set of simple and practical steps. "Positive Force" doesn't give me a clue towards how I'm going to lose a pound this week.
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