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

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

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

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. •          Dis

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  1. 115 of 121 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
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    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, 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.

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  2. 91 of 103 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Love the site, the book is less helpful, August 11, 2011
    Brent Butler (North Carolina) –
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    This review is from: The Spark: The 28-Day Breakthrough Plan for Losing Weight, Getting Fit, and Transforming Your Life (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. “Replace soft drinks made with corn syrup by drinking water” does do that. That’s in this book too, but not until about the last fifth of it. That’s something I can hold onto, and in fact it was the very first step I took in my own diet. I cut 150 to 600 calories a day out of my own “calorie waste” just by cutting out the corn syrup sweetened soft drinks.

    The next thing I did was to replace high fat, high sugar snacks with healthy snacks. My favorite emergency go to for a snack is one or two grape tomatoes – 2 calories each – replacing something like 3 oatmeal cookies at 75 calories each – 225 total for the three. An apple at 70-100 calories is another good choice for an afternoon snack.

    Next I cut out high fat dairy, replacing sour cream with 0% Greek Yogurt and severely curtailing my consumption of cheese. I cut most of the butter out of our cooking. We started cooking our own meals with healthy meats and vegetables and stopped ordering pizza. My favorite Pizza Hut Meat Lover’s Pan Pizza is 310 calories per slice. Three slices of that on a Friday night plus a Dr. Pepper was 1100 calories all on its own. This pizza is out of our meal rotation now. LOL I’d eat a Jack in the Box Ultimate Cheeseburger for lunch … 800 calories. Now I’m on a ham sandwich and a bowl of soup for 300 total. The 300 calories is more filling, more nutrition, and actually better tasting.

    These are the kinds of things you do to lose weight. Its the detail work that identifies what’s gone wrong with what you decide to eat, and replacing those things with smarter choices. We didn’t really even have to make too many difficult choices here. The meals we cook now are better tasting and better for us than the pizza was. Yes, it takes more time, but the rewards are far more valuable than the time spent.

    I gave this book three stars because in its last sections, it does give you some specific information and hard data that you can use to lose weight. I think it is organized backwards. Its rare for an individual to make the decision to take that first step to lose weight. When they do, don’t waste the chance to help them by talking about organization. Give them a short list of simple actions to help them get started. If you ONLY do the type of things I noted above, you’ll lose weight. Then do some reading on your own and add to that. Find healthy and fun recipes. Add some exercise when you can. But the most important thing is to identify the calorie land mines and get them out of your life.

    As I mentioned above, I’ve lost 17 pounds in two months, and my wife has lost 14. We’re enjoying what we eat, and going hungry is not part of our “diet” experience. We eat real meals, made of real foods, and they taste good. That’s the easy way to diet, let me tell you. And it isn’t hard to do. Its available to everyone, any day they choose to start eating that way.

    UPDATE: As of October 28th, I reached my original goal of 30 pounds lost. I’m going to continue to lose a few more pounds to have a safety margin for the extra calories that Thanksgiving will bring. I’m firmly in control of my weight, and I attribute that to:

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  3. James John Hollandsworth, M.D. Reply December 22, 2012 at 1:20 pm
    298 of 359 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Much more than just another diet book!, December 29, 2009

    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. But what makes this book different, and special, is that the focus isn’t the food, but you: a practical plan to change your outlook and jump-start your motivation so that you can practice a healthy lifestyle and change your life. A very good way to start out the new year, or any time you decide to change for the better.

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