SparkPeople Premium's Advanced Reporting: the Best Tool You're Not Using


By: , – Guy who firmly believes advanced reporting is the new black
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Today is a good day. The sun is shining (from where I sit) and the holidays are fast approaching. It’s almost a perfect day, in fact, and there’s just one thing that could make this day any better: getting an introduction to the Advanced Reporting perks you get with SparkPeople Premium.

You and I both know that the term “reporting” isn’t one that causes many people to quake with excitement. When most people think of reporting, they think of spreadsheets full of rows of numbers in a teensy-tiny font. And that’s valid, because we’ve all seen reports like this and have tried to avoid them. Once you start thinking about how reporting can help you better reach your goals, though, the concept of advanced reporting gets significantly more exciting.

Let’s Talk Basic Reporting


SparkPeople has always provided our members a number of robust reports that help them get a better idea of where they’re at on their path to where they want to be. If you wanted to know how many calories you’ve eaten during a certain day or what your calorie differential for a given day was, we have a report for that. It’s also important to point out that while we have a number of reporting options, some of our basic reports are only available on our website, not in our app. If you’d like to see a list of all our basic diet and fitness reports, click here.

But these reports can only take you so far. For instance, what if you wanted to see how many calories you’ve eaten every day for the past month? Or what if you wanted to dig even deeper and chart out your daily protein consumption over the past three months? Our basic reporting doesn’t give you these options, but it doesn’t mean you aren’t asking those questions. This is where SparkPeople Premium comes into play in a big way.

Advanced Diet and Fitness Reporting with SparkPeople Premium

SparkPeople Premium is an upgraded membership to our community. While we at SparkPeople pride ourselves on keeping our website free to anyone who wants to use it, we do offer a membership option that allows you to unlock benefits that aren’t available to all users.

One of the best benefits of SparkPeople Premium is our Advanced Reporting. If you’re a Premium member, you gain access to two reports that can help you jumpstart your SparkPeople journey: the “Premium Trend Report” and the “Food Ranking Report.”

The Premium Trend Report: Get to Know How You’ve Been Doing

With the “Trend Report” you can chart your progress over time, for a number of diet and fitness data points. Two measurements go into this report: the time period you want to look at and the thing you want to track over that time period.

You can track all kinds of stats in this report, including calories eaten, calories burned, fat, fitness minutes, fiber, cholesterol and more! With time periods ranging from the past week to the past year, it’s easy to see how far you’ve come over time or how you’ve been doing lately. If you’re really looking to make changes to your diet and fitness habits by examining how you’ve been doing over time, this report is invaluable.

The Food Ranking Report: A Snapshot in Time, At Any Time

Sometimes, you just need to get through the day. If it’s lunch time and you only want to know how many calories you’ve eaten and how many more you can eat today, our basic reporting is fine. But, if you want to know how much fiber you’ve eaten so far out of how much fiber you should eat for the day, you need the food ranking report. This report lets you know how well you’re doing right now, and what small steps you need to take for the rest of day to meet your nutrition goals. Nothing helps you stay on track quite like this simple snapshot.

Added Bonus: Export All Your Data, at Any Time!

Starting last week, we brought another benefit to Premium that will knock your socks off! You can now export all your health and fitness information, at any time, with a single click. This one is for all our members out there who really like to geek out on data. If you want to cross tabulate, filter, sort, pivot table or do any other kind of data-crunchy thing to the information you’ve gathered while using SparkPeople, have at it. This data is your data to do with it as you will.

If you’ve made it to the end of this post, two brownie points to you. :D We hope that you’re as excited about Advanced Reporting as we are, and as always, we want to hear from you. If there’s a report you think we should include with Premium but don’t currently have, let us know in the comments below!

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    Today I decided to take the trial use of the Spark Premium, and I'm glad that I did! I have been on Spark for a few years, and thought that I'd seen it all. I found that the Spark Coach motivational 3 minute talks help me to gain a better grasp on what I'm facing!
    One of the best benefits of SparkPeople Premium is the Advanced Reporting. If you’re a Premium member, you gain access to two reports that can help you jumpstart your SparkPeople journey: the “Premium Trend Report” and the “Food Ranking Report.” I'm watching these reports closely to see how they change me eating and exercising. - 10/1/2017   5:37:22 PM
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    Love the premium-hate ads but like the free Pandora site, it has ads so I upgrader my Pandora radio to ad free.You guys like to have a paycheck for all the work you do and to keep the lights on. So, for a 1 time fee, if you are not strapped money wise, it is well worth it. - 6/5/2017   8:48:37 PM
    Would be quite happy paying if the site is updated. It is impossible to currently use the decimal point when recording the components of food for the programme shuts down as it is pressed. This is using an iPad. If this continues in the premium programme I will stay with the free one or find another programme to use. - 3/6/2017   5:01:47 AM
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    SIMPLY_JUDY, that makes us so happy to hear! - 1/30/2017   5:02:01 PM
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    Premium is not for everyone. I suppose. but for me the price I paid is nothing compared to what I get in return. - 1/11/2017   6:41:14 AM
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    Hi, this is spark_joe, the guy who wrote this blog. I wanted to trespond to some of these comments.

    TCANNO, WAYTOOMUCH1, FLORIDAGHOST, NOTFATCAT, BLESSED2BEME, GABY1948, and AMBERINMT: thanks so much for supporting SparkPeople! While we definitely want to always offer a free membership option, it means a ton to us that you'd support us in this way. Your purchase of Premium help us keep the lights on in the office, and for that I'm grateful. :)

    AUNA_CYCLE, I'll pass your suggestion on to the development team for thie consideration.

    WALLOWA, we totally understand that, and we're happy to have your support too (via ad revenues). If you ever have any questions about Premium in the future, don't hesitate to ask!

    CELTICLASSINLA, Premium isn't for everyone. It's an optional membership option that works for some of our members & not for others. Whatever way you choose to use our site, we're thrilled to have you!
    - 1/9/2017   1:39:00 PM
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    Chuckling since I arrived here only after looking at ways to try a new Spark activity - I've done all the free ones in the month I've been here. And low and behold - I get try Spark People Premium. Looking at the benefits, I don't see a single one that will help me in particular and money is tight. I've had a lot of coaches (sports) over the years and they tend to be pretty vanilla. I don't need hand holding and encouragement from others - nice but not necessary (the 3 Ns) especially at a price. All the other tools are readily available online ...and most are completely free. - 12/28/2016   9:04:14 AM
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    Was an active sparkpeople member in 2012, lost over 45 pounds, got healthy... then moved to the south and lost all motivation to stay that way. I'm home in Montana again, ready to do it all over again. Sparkpeople has always been free and such a useful tool in my lifestyle changing. Paying $30 is really nothing when it comes to paying back all that this site, its community and its staff have done for me. Thank you for adding a premium feature so I can hold myself even more accountable with more tools. Sparkpeople is a game changer! - 12/21/2016   2:46:42 PM
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    BEST thing I ever did too!!! - 12/21/2016   5:33:44 AM
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    Don't have the extra bucks to spare, especially right now. Will stick with my calculator and ad software. - 12/20/2016   1:38:00 PM
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    I love TCANNO's comment - being able to give back to spark. I never looked at it that way. The biggest reason I upgraded was to get rid of the ads but I am looking forward to using spark coach to its fullest in 2017. - 12/20/2016   12:42:37 PM
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    Thank you for the information. It's great to know about new things. I disagree on one point, though. I think everyone, whether they have a Premium membership or not, should be able to look at their Food Ranking Report. This is why I began tracking my calories with the LoseIt! App. Knowing the percentages of protein , carbohydrates, and fat has proven invaluable to me as I go throughout my day. As a vegetarian, I need to pay close attention to how much protein I am getting. Too low, and my lips start coming apart, quite literally. Please make the Food Ranking Report available to all members. - 12/20/2016   12:32:32 PM
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    These reports are another great feature of SP that will help me stay on the maintaining straight and narrow. But just getting rid of the ads was worth the money! - 12/20/2016   10:33:39 AM
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    I just got the upgrade and while I haven't had the chance (time constraints) to use all the bells and whistles, I look forward to it. I originally upgraded to get rid of the ads, but was surprised and happy to get all the extras, too. - 12/20/2016   7:36:37 AM
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    All this PLUS you get to e-mail a coach with your personal question once a week! Premium has made a big difference for me! - 12/20/2016   5:24:57 AM
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    Best thing I did as it is a chance to give something back - 12/20/2016   3:35:59 AM

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