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

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

A revolution is taking place! Millions of people are discovering a new way of thinking about their weight, their health, and their lives. They are taking part in a visionary approach to weight loss that combines goal setting, nutrition, exercise, motivation, and community that has a proven track record of ten million pounds lost. From the experts who created SparkPeople.com, one of the most successful online weight-loss programs to date, comes The Spark, a ground-breaking book that focuses on wh

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  1. Paula says:
    57 of 58 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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    Paula

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    This review is from: The Spark: The 28-Day Breakthrough Plan for Losing Weight, Getting Fit, and Transforming Your Life (Kindle Edition)

    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. James John Hollandsworth, M.D. "lightalongthe... says:
    280 of 334 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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  3. BigHeart says:
    138 of 199 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    3.5 Stars from MY THIN LIFESTYLE Reviewer, January 8, 2010
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    BigHeart (Center Harbor, NH United States) –
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    Everyone wants a spark of inspiration to live a healthier, thinner, fitter lifestyle, and there’s a good chance you’ll get it from The Spark. Author Chris Downie gives a formula for success that includes goal setting, positive motivation, an eating program, exercise, and community support through his worldclass website, […]. In fact, the real magic of the Spark program revolves around participation in the sparkpeople website, which is more exciting than the book.

    The Spark diet is a 4-stage process, which Downie bills as a way of life rather than a diet. However, it really is a low-fat, moderate calorie diet, and it draws heavily on the USDA food program guidelines. There are 4 stages, and each stage has several sub-steps. All these activities make the diet complicated to understand and implement. As for exercise, Downie advocates 10-minute “streaks” of continuous, positive activity every day.

    The Spark has a lot of goodness going for it, and Downie’s positive, contagious energy is hands down the best feature of the book and his website ambiance. The program clearly works for a lot of people, and Downie has a legion of raving fans. That said, like many weight loss and fitness books, The Spark suffers from predictable, re-hashed information and consequently did not hold my attention.

    Also, Downie’s organization of material creates confusion rather than clarity. A few times I had to read a whole page or more before I could figure out what the chapter was going to be about. In general, I had a hard time following his lead.

    This book is recommended for people who are drawn to online interactions and who like a lot of support. It’s not recommended for the computer illiterate.

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