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The Spark: The 28-Day Breakthrough Plan for Losing Weight, Getting Fit, and Transforming Your Life Paperback – January 25, 2011
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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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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, The 5-Second Flat Belly Secret - Lose 2-3 Inches from Your Belly in Less Than 1 Month for targeted fat loss from my stomach and waist, 5-Minute Miracle Exercises: Lose 5 Pounds in 2 Weeks - Only 5 Minutes a Day! for quick fat loss workouts at home, and The Mediterranean Diet: (author To Come) as the basis for my diet.
I should say that I got 2 of those books because I saw them on the "customers who bought this item also bought" list for Spark. That's a great resource to use to find complimentary books on Amazon.
Spark is definitely worth buying.
All these years, millions of people have been using this tool and since I don't watch TV during the day, don't read magazines nor the newspaper, I had never heard of this site before. But when I went exploring, I was amazed to find that no one pushed certain foods on you, there was no signing up for advertisements that clog my inbox, and as soon as I clicked to subscribe to the site, there were comments from people all over the world telling me they were just like me. This was really a cool place to be and by the following morning I was a full-funtioning Sparker!
I love the fact that the only commitment they ask you to make - which does not profit them at all - is to just move for 10 minutes a day. 10 MINUTES. It's not like they were trying to sell me food packages, or charge me for using their site. Everything is free (like eDiets was back in the day) and there is so much information that you can get lost in all the exercise articles, videos for all kinds of workouts, recipes you can make that are healthier, or you can add your own recipes to see what nutrients really are in what you are eating. PLEASE, you have to know what you are eating. And I am NOT a proponent of organic or "diet" food. I just had bacon and cheddar stuffed burgers for dinner last night.
But one thing really got my attention. I had been sedentary, well almost immobile, with arthritis and chronic pain for 4 years. The Spark has exercise videos that we can do while sitting in a chair! Entire cardio videos for someone who has issues standing up! Have you ever seen that anywhere? NO!
I know this is a lot about the website, but you really get to better know THE SPARK by living in the website every day and making healthier lifestyle choices and you don't have to give up anything you love - like chocolate, they urge you to eat cocoa or dark chocolate and not a TON of it. THE SPARK teaches you that you need to do everything in moderation. Key word there.
I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and there are at least 2 teams where that is what they focus on and it brings so many people together and I hear all da, "I never knew I could lose weight or exercise with RA". These women are FIERCE and exercise almost every day just so we can keep up our ability to move as close to normal as any "fit" person can.
If you are looking for the life-changing book, THE SPARK is definitely what you are looking for. It teaches you to look at yourself as a role model and makes you realize that "dieting" is a dirty word that you should avoid. It's all about changing your lifestyle in simple "baby steps" to become a fitter, healthier you. And I can attest to losing 22 pounds since 6/18/2012 and I only work out in my home as I am disabled. I even had a broken leg for 3 or the 4 months that I have been a member and I stil lost 22 pounds! And I still have to lose 78 more to be at a normal BMI. But I am on my way and making strides toward it every day.
My advice, buy it and read it. It's not expensive and can never be called a waste of money if you want to make small changes that will impact your life tremendously. And for those of you who think I am preaching about the book - sign on to the webiste and look me up under user name ANGRITTER. You can see just how much I love THE SPARK!!