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The Spark: The 28-Day Breakthrough Plan for Losing Weight, Getting Fit, and Transforming Your Life [Paperback]

Chris Downie
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Book Description

January 25, 2011
From the experts who created SparkPeople.com, America’s #1 diet and fitness site, comes The Spark. This groundbreaking book outlines the best of what has worked for millions of members who have lost weight, kept it off, and reached other goals. Driven by positive energy and proven results, The Spark outlines a breakthrough formula that combines nutrition, exercise, goal setting, motivation, and community, which has helped people change their lives beyond the scale.

•          Discover the 27 Secrets of Success—the best action steps, foods, and proven medical advice that have helped tens of thousands of members lose from 2 to 200 pounds.

•          Special tips from people who lost 100 pounds or more—see what these people had in common and what they did and didn’t do to make huge transformations in their lives.

•          A step-by-step 28-day program that brings together the most effective, medically accepted nutrition and fitness practices from SparkPeople experts in an easy-to-follow plan, including flexible mix-and-match meal plans, fully illustrated workout programs, full-color before-and-after success stories, and more!

•          New to this edition! Breakthrough survey results have been used to create a Strong Start Guide to help you jumpstart your weight-loss efforts. Based on what tens of thousands of successful SparkPeople members did to lose weight and change their lives, this guide tells you what to do in the first two weeks to make you five times more likely to reach your ultimate weight-loss goal!

 

Whether you want to fit into your “skinny jeans,” improve your health and fitness levels, change your outlook and mood, or reach all new goals, The Spark can help you transform your body and your life. What are you waiting for? Spark your life today!

 


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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House; 3 Reprint edition (January 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401926460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401926465
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (310 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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113 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's more than diet and exercise, you'll see why July 4, 2011
By Paula
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than just another diet book! 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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138 of 155 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love the site, the book is less helpful 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 9 days ago by Tanis M Duprey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I bought this book years ago, but I finally read it from cover to covet. It is very inspirational and well written. I feel ready for changing my lifestyle!
Published 1 month ago by Dawn
4.0 out of 5 stars this is a good basic diet that can be easily followed
this is a good basic diet that can be easily followed. not much online support though for the spark program.
Published 2 months ago by Bette-jean D. Napolitano
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hard for me to follow but I did get a lot of information.
Published 2 months ago by wend
5.0 out of 5 stars Start here and you will never need anything else
If you are going to do any weight loss program or try to lose weight, please try this first. The book is cheap, but the online version of Spark people is free and you can't beat... Read more
Published 2 months ago by JIsaacs8
5.0 out of 5 stars Far and away the most success I have had with ...
Far and away the most success I have had with any eating plan. Dropped 26 lbs in 7 weeks. It really is all about calories
Published 2 months ago by S. Hart
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I don't like it
Published 3 months ago by Augusto Sr
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good ideas and encouragement to get healthy.
Published 4 months ago by Sophies Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 4 months ago by J. Caito
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