The Spark Solution: A Complete Two-Week Diet Program to Fast-Track Weight Loss and Total Body Health


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  1. 131 of 142 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Decent if you are clueless about dieting, May 7, 2013
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    As a member of Sparkpeople, I decided to pre-order this book for my Kindle, and I ended up returning it less than 24 hours later. This book may do the job for someone who has never counted a calorie in his or her life, but I am a seasoned member of Sparkpeople and other calorie counting programs. The book walks you through basics like your fist equaling the size of 1 cup, how protein helps with muscles, and how you should pick an orange over orange juice. Several pages, I feel, are either copied from the original Spark book, or from the Sparkpeople website. The shopping lists were also insane! Unless you have several recipes that will require me to use crackers, I’m not buying an entire box to use 4 of them.

    The only decent thing in the book were the recipes, and even those were sub-par. Do yourself a favor, and unless need someone to walk you through dieting in baby steps, just use the free tools online, or buy the original Spark book. I feel like The Spark Solution just insults your intelligence.

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  2. 41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    For the beginning Dieter, May 9, 2013
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    Off The System (Texas) –

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    I preordered this book and wish I had waited to see the reviews. I’m also a seasoned SparkPeople member so I’m beyond the need for a beginner book. I didn’t start reading it until yesterday or I would have quickly returned it. Also it’s not formatted well for the Kindle Fire, the charts don’t layout correctly.

    I already own the original Spark book and feel that I’ve wasted my money.

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  3. 34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Nothing new: Great for beginners; Seasoned “DIeters” & Health Nuts & Sparkers Know All This, May 13, 2013
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    Mir (North Miami Beach, FL USA) –
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    Sparkpeople is a terrific site. I used it from 2009 through 2012 while I lost 129 lbs to log my food, track measurements, look up recipes, get inspirational articles, so forth. It’s free and useful and community-oriented. It helps a lot if you need to overhaul your life to lose a lot of weight.

    Now, I’m on the hunt for inspiration to relose the 29 pounds I regained after getting sick last year, with thyroid issues. This is not the book to reinspire a Sparker who knows about diet and exercise. I need more of a mindset/next step/maintenance thing. BUT, if you are a beginner and know very little about how to structure calorically-measured meals for weight loss or how to get an exercise program going or how to look at “dieting” (ie, you will do this for life, as this is no quick-fix but a makeover), then get this. The Spark team is encouraging, and the book is easy to read, set up simply for the layperson (not scientific-jargon).

    If you’re like me–over 50, post-menopausal female with thyroid and endocrine issues, you’re gonna be told to eat 1200 calories or so and exercise 3x a week for strength/muscle and 5 times a week for cardio. That’s nearly exactly what I did to ditch my huge amount of fat. I was severely morbidly obese and prediabetic. It worked. I lost about 1 pound a week (some weeks more, some less). That doesn’t sound like al ot, but trust me, when one is older and has medical problems, 1 pound a week is GREAT and in two years, you’ve lost 104+ pounds (more or less). Remember: LIFESTYLE, not crash diet.

    If you are not prepared to commit to a lifestyle change, this is not the diet for you. If you want the “lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks” diet, this is not for you. If you aren’t ready to have a food and movement makeover, this is not for you.

    But if you’re fed up with being obese, morbidly obese, overweight and don’t know how to get going on a lifestyle change, yes, this is for you. You will learn what you need and it’s easy to follow–as long as you COMMIT and know it will be a rough transition at first. It takes time to adapt.

    Note: If, like me, you don’t do gluten, several of the recipes will be useless. The book emphasizes whole grains, and unless you hit the non-gluten ones (like rice or quinoa or oats), you may feel a bit frustrated by the choices. Adapt it, and it should be fine, or just skip the grains and focus on veggies, that’s fine, too. I gave up grains for a year and lost weight FASTER doing that (1.5 to 2 pounds a week instead of .5 to 1 pounds). It decreased my appetite, too. I do rice and gluten-free oats nowadays, sometimes quinoa.

    I hope the Spark folks will come out with a book for ongoing motivation/maintenance for folks less out to lose and out to maintain. When I got to a weight I could live with happily (if not perfectly), I maintained for more than a year and then had issues. So, the next step for them serving the Spark community is a maintenance manual with a heckuva lot of more advanced tips adn tricks and motivators.

    It doesn’t hurt to read these basics, though. It will come down to eat better, eat less, move more, move smarter. Build muscle and cut out crap most of the time and eat a lot less than you’re used to calorically (though bulk may incraese if you go high on veggies).

    Common sense and nicely laid out dieting assistance is here. But make sure to visit the community. Sparkpeople’s website is a FREE treasure trove of assistance. Everything you need is over there, too. Might not even need this book, frankly.

    I can’t give a superhigh rating just cause, really, a lot of books already have this info. It’s not new. It’s not groundbreaking. You could get the same/similar info in cheaper books. BUT…this comes from a community I think does a terrific job helping us fatties get a move on to a less-fat-promoting lifestyle. And if we fall back–like me–some, the community is THERE. It doesn’t go away and it doesn’t cost 15 bucks. 😀
    Be well…

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