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'We Lost 100 Pounds Without Dieting--So Can You!'

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
3/5/2010 3:15 PM   :  115 comments   :  99,656 Views

We started our Secrets of Success series on March 1 and will continue sharing one proven solution to weight loss each day through March 15. If you're hungry for more, check out the current issue of First for Women magazine (on newsstands now through March 22). The "non-diet" solution touted on the cover isn't a supplement, miracle juice or detox diet. It's 20 more secrets to weight-loss success that came directly from SparkPeople.com, now America's #1 weight-loss website, and our best-selling book, "The Spark!"

Inside the March 22, 2010, issue of First (pictured at left), you'll also find the profiles, stories and before and after photos of four amazing SparkPeople.com members who used these secrets to lose more than 100 pounds each. Each strategy is backed by research and case studies of real people just like you who are winning the battle of the bulge without resorting to the crazy diet gimmicks of the past.

Courtesy of First, we're sharing three of these tricks with you today, but you'll have to pick up the magazine to get the full story and see the amazing transformations yourself.

Tip #1 Fill up in the a.m.
"As Mom always says, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Case in point: 100 percent of SparkPeople's most successful slimmers eat breakfast without fail. The top morning-meal choice of SparkPeople members is oatmeal—it's easy to make, tastes great and provides a healthy dose of satiating fiber."

Tip #2 Stay well hydrated
The SparkPeople survey revealed that 75 percent of successful members find weight loss easier if they drink eight glasses of water daily. Indeed, studies at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City show that staying adequately hydrated reduces appetite and increases the body's fat-burning metabolic rate. Bonus: Having water instead of three sugary sodas and a glass of juice cuts daily caloric intake by about 450 calories per day—enough to trim off up to 45 pounds in one year."

Tip #3 Outsmart portion distortion
"Following the lead of SparkPeople successes by keeping a small scale and measuring cups handy can speed weight loss by 30 percent or more, say UCLA researchers.'I was a very healthy eater, but I was eating way too much food—sometimes as many as six to eight servings,' admits newly slim Vicki Theriault. 'So I studied portion sizes, practices weighing and measuring until I felt confident, then quizzed myself by dishing up food and measuring afterward to see if I'd estimated right.'"

Meet the Featured Members
Four women who each lost more than 100 pounds by using the 20 tricks shared in this story are prominently featured in the magazine complete with before and after photos, the "ah-ha" moments that triggered their weight-loss journeys, their top three tips for success and more! Chasity Schoonover (CHASITY_ANN), Ellenmary DeTore (SAMSON94), Flossie Alexander (FLORENCEOSI) and Heather Holloway (PUMPKINFACE73) have lost between 111 and 165 pounds each! Please join us in congratulating these remarkable women on their success and for being a beacon of hope to so many others by sharing their stories.

You'll learn a lot of great tips from this issue of First for Women, so be sure to pick up a copy while it's available on newsstands. Losing 100 pounds isn't something reserved for "Biggest Losers" or reality TV stars. You don't have to quit your day job, hire a personal chef or spend your life savings on a specialized program either. It's something that everyday people are doing by putting the SparkPeople plan into place, and these tips are a great way to start!


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  • LISALINTON36
    115
    I am gonna try this I am up for about anything that will help I am gonna start marking down what I eat lol I will put it on paper this way I have it at all time and really watch what I eat its about time I do this I had lost 160 pounds and gained back 30 pounds I don't want to go back to the way I was I want to stay smaller and continue to stay that way ... I am so ready for this change again ..... - 5/24/2014   9:08:18 AM
  • DELLMEL
    114
    I would like to get the book also so I can weigh my food and get other tips as well. - 4/28/2013   8:47:18 PM
  • SKEPOUNDS
    113
    Reading this article lead me to be here today. - 3/23/2010   8:53:50 PM
  • RASCALSMOMMA
    112
    For those who cannot get a copy of it; just type in "first for women magazine" and their site; complete with how to get free copies and subscriptions will come up! Best to you! Hugs Laurie - 3/19/2010   11:43:11 AM
  • GAELICWOMAN
    111
    Bought the magazine read the article and signed up right away. - 3/18/2010   11:04:13 AM
  • 110
    I have been on a diet roller coaster for years, with little or no progress. I bought the magazine and read the article about sparkpeople and now I am a member. I feel so motivated and encouraged. I really feel like this is the end of my roller coaster ride, and that success is in my future!! - 3/17/2010   10:58:39 AM
  • 109
    I have been a subscriber for years. I went into the living room to locate this edition. Had to dust it off first. Now this will be a keeper. - 3/16/2010   6:29:51 PM
  • MFSDRAGONFLY
    108
    I bought the magazine for this specific article and totally enjoyed it. It is the reason that I found SparkPeople. - 3/15/2010   9:41:15 PM
  • EXFITNESSGURU
    107
    This is the magazine that got me to SparkPeople... I wasn't going to buy it (I hate buying magazines), but it was screaming to me... So I added it to my grocery bill, which included a head of cauliflower and about $10.00 in jelly beans, chocolate and candies... And well, I have the magazine sitting beside my bed, and the junk food is in the garbage. It's only been a week, but the magazine has changed my perspective - and now my life! - 3/14/2010   11:42:26 AM
  • HRLITTLE
    106
    I love this magazine, get it every month faithfully - 3/14/2010   1:25:53 AM
  • 105
    Good tips. Thanks. - 3/13/2010   6:34:44 PM
  • ANGELA1151
    104
    I love First magazine! The article introduced me to SparkPeople & I am so very glad. I love the positive atmosphere here, the inspirational stories, & the good tips! - 3/13/2010   2:39:33 PM
  • MUFFINK9
    103
    These tips are excellent. I still have 70 lb to lose but with the help of SP and my spouse and good friend I believe I can do it! - 3/12/2010   11:15:21 AM
  • SPECEDKAT
    102
    Great tips! Hope i can get a chance to pick up the magazine. - 3/11/2010   7:24:13 PM
  • 101
    Great motivation! I've got it hung up on my wall above my computer! - 3/11/2010   2:30:45 PM
  • 100
    I don't need to lose 100 pounds but I would love to learn easier ways to keep track of my food intake. Exercising ideas.
    Eating out ideas.

    Cheers to the people that have lost 100 or on there way... - 3/11/2010   2:20:47 PM
  • 99
    I had told a friend at church about SparkPeople but she did not join until she read the article. I am so glad she did as I know it can be a big help to her as it is to me. - 3/11/2010   1:04:21 PM
  • WENK45
    98
    I have 50 pounds to loose and I am in need of motivation. I heard about Spark from First for Women. HELP!!! - 3/11/2010   10:10:50 AM
  • 97
    I just got my copy yesterday - going to take time (for myself) to read it. - 3/11/2010   4:00:34 AM
  • TAMRA64
    96
    Yes I live in Barbourville, ky which is a very,very small town. We have an IGA,Walmart and some fast food restaurants. I cant find that magazine anywhere. I was using sparkprople all the time and then my computer crashed.I have it back now and will start logging my food again. Thank you - 3/10/2010   5:52:40 PM
  • 95
    Hi I live in New Zealand and can't seem to find the First for Women magazine here is there any way I could get a copy of this issue Thanks - 3/10/2010   3:29:09 PM
  • BNABOOF
    94
    I picked up the magazine out of desperation, when I read lose 100lbs without dieting, I said OK let's go. This is how I came to be a member of SparkPeople today. I am looking forward to the journey. I am in desperate need of the encouragement and support. day 1 has begun!!!! - 3/10/2010   1:25:30 PM
  • CAMPINGNUT2006
    93
    This magazine is the reason I am here on this site. Thank you sooooo much!! - 3/10/2010   1:01:32 PM
  • MARIEISTRE
    92
    I already love the magazine but when I read about SparkPeople I was thrilled! I had never heard of it. I like the program and the info very much. I have over 100 lbs. to go. But this is a start. - 3/10/2010   9:56:04 AM
  • KISSONIE38
    91
    athomemom
    Hi since you don't get the First were you live if you email me your address or post office box I would send you the magazine so you can read the articles yourself. Oh i'm new to the site but my email address is kissonie33@aol.com - 3/10/2010   12:13:17 AM
  • 90
    I bought FIRST magazine a few days ago and wow, now I am a member. I love this site. It has inspired me and given me hope to look good and feel good again. I had never heard of the web site and now I am telling everyone about it.
    Usually, the magazines have diet articles and it is some magic ingredient along with a eating plan. This site, however, is based in living in the real world and structuring your nutrition and activites to become healthy. - 3/9/2010   10:46:38 PM
  • KATHLEENV2
    89
    I love Sparkspeople! It has helped me get on the right track to healthy eating, exercising, and even drinking 8 glasses of water a day. I purchased First this week and was delighted to see the article and I am going to give the magazine to a dear friend of mine. Hopefully she can get started ... with the new life style too! - 3/9/2010   9:03:24 PM
  • 88
    Wow! So inspriational - 3/9/2010   8:56:10 PM
  • JUHOEG
    87
    Great article - 3/9/2010   6:39:06 PM
  • 86
    I do not like this magazine. Congrats on the featured members, good job. - 3/9/2010   4:57:22 PM
  • 85
    I am going out to get this mag today. Thanks for the tips. - 3/9/2010   2:23:28 PM
  • 84
    Argh! I live in Guatemala and we can't get First! here. :( I would love to read the article and find out the rest of the tips, but I guess I'll have to miss out on this one. - 3/9/2010   2:13:47 PM
  • 83
    Your going to see me there one of these days. I will make it. - 3/9/2010   1:58:13 PM
  • 82
    I bought the magazine this morning. So glad you gave their Spark names so I could go to their pages. Amazing!! - 3/9/2010   12:26:27 PM
  • 81
    Going to pick up my copy today! Awesome tips.... - 3/9/2010   12:02:13 PM
  • 80
    congratulations to these 100 lb. losers! I am excited to get out and purchase this magazine! - 3/9/2010   11:06:15 AM
  • 79
    Can't wait to read this article.. will have to pick up the magazine when i go to the store next time. - 3/9/2010   10:36:39 AM
  • 78
    I read this magazine from time to time and just happened to pick it up a week ago. WHAT LUCK! I am so thankful that this article was in it. I love sparkpeople.com. I am new to it all but love the tools and especially the words of encouragement daily. i truly feel a difference in my thinking and that is what is needed to make a LIFESTYLE change. Thanks to all sparkpeople!!! - 3/9/2010   10:25:57 AM
  • YSANCHEZ66
    77
    I am so grateful for the magazine. I was standing in a grocery line that was taking forever to move, so I picked up the magazine and started reading. I could not put it down, the tips from these people were terrific! I jumped on to the web site a few days ago and I am so thrilled. In just a few days I have been logging in what I eat and it is so quick to find out where I am at calorie wise as well as everything else, like fat content, etc. I am so motivated I went out and bought a pedometer and have begun walking. I am so tired of all the health problems that seem to increase with each new year, it is time to turn my life around. Wish me luck, here I go. - 3/9/2010   10:03:33 AM
  • RETIREDKATHY
    76
    I bought the magazine yesterday because of the cover story and was happy to find that the article was about us.....I think this is really going to work for me. I am very optomistic. I love the sucess stories. - 3/9/2010   9:36:50 AM
  • 75
    I am so happy to be a part of Spark People. I don't know if I could keep up my exercise program and diet improvement without Spark People's constant reminder and encouragement. Before I started I could hardly walk up four or five stairs and I was always tired and out of breath. After 5 months I have lost 15 pounds but most of all my energy has improved. I attend yoga class twice a week, body pump and ab classes at least once a week. I attend spin class three times a week, 60 minutes each class. When I started I could not stand on the bike and my knees and legs hurt so badly. Now I look forward to spin class and the challenge it presents to do even more. My knees are so much better and my flexibility is coming back. Yoga is also helping me with my balance and flexibility. I am so pleased with myself for sticking with it. I could not have done it without the encouragement of Spark People. Did I mention that I am 66 years old. My children are so proud of their mom and when they attend these classes with me they are challenged to keep up with mom. I really like that. Thank you Spark People. - 3/9/2010   9:33:18 AM
  • JANNALEE1
    74
    Congrats to the Sparkpeople who have lost an AMAZING amount of weight! That is incredible. I do wish, however, they would stop calling them "Losers"...I don't care for the double entendre. - 3/9/2010   9:27:54 AM
  • PAMELA51067
    73
    Great job 100# + loosers! Fight to maintain the spark! Never go back to your old self. I may be a battle at times to make continuous healthy choices. But no matter what circumstances you come against, never let it rob you of your progress! It's easier than you think to go back there, I know. Enjoy your sucess and your new lives...stay humble. Keep the spark going! You can do it. We believe in you. Your fellow sparkers are proud of you! - 3/9/2010   9:27:11 AM
  • 72
    I bought this magazine not even knowing that the weight loss article was about Sparkpeople....I was so proud to be part of this group! - 3/9/2010   9:08:34 AM
  • CAROL315
    71
    Great job!! I love reading about success stories and keep thinking one of these days I will be a success story. - 3/9/2010   8:55:44 AM
  • SPARKEE
    70
    Thanks! No matter how much or how little we have to lose, this article is helpful. - 3/9/2010   7:58:30 AM
  • SHERIAUBREY
    69
    Eating healthily is not a diet...it is a lifestyle. And I commend SparkPeople for doing such a wonderful job in promoting that idea...Your life is worth it. It feels great to be healthy and my lifestyle proves it. I believe that everyone can be healthy. Make that decision to be as healthy as you can be. The number on the scale will take care of itself. Be patient and let SparkPeople do the work... - 3/9/2010   7:23:09 AM
  • 68
    I'm having a hard time with breakfast. I know that I'm supposed to eat it but I'm never that hungry. So I'll have some fruit, yogurt, maybe a bowl of cereal. I keep reading that the heartier the breakfast the less hungry I'll be later in the day. Should I stack up my breakfast, force myself to eat more/bigger in the AM? - 3/8/2010   10:29:33 PM
  • 67
    This magazine article is the reason I joined Spark People....:) - 3/8/2010   8:33:33 PM
  • 66
    I make it a habit not to buy that magazine. It's usually so full of misinformation, and they feature fad diets all the time. Lose 21 lb in 2 weeks the way this person did! And its always a fad, be it "carb cycling", "flat belly diet", "south beach modified". And don't get me started on the time they told everyone to go to the dentist and get their fillings removed to lose weight - 3/8/2010   3:57:58 PM

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