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The Case Of The Missing Data

Monday, July 14, 2014

I'm starting to think it's strange that I can't find long-term success rate data regarding Spark People. I can find it for Weight Watchers. I can find it for AA. Heck, I can find it for Biggest Loser.

Surely there's been a study done on this.



(I ask this, because I'm not feeling so Sparky, and I'm think for all the talk of a lifestyle change/not a diet, that this is just one more diet, dressed up to look like something more.)

  
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LILLIPUTIANNA 7/14/2014 6:00PM

    I have a friend who lost a LOT of weight with Weight Watchers. He's kept it off too. But I can't point to him and say that Weight Watchers MUST be effective because of his results. In fact, I get the impression that his results are a-typical.

I just find it shocking that no external, scientifically motivated organization (a university or some such thing) hasn't collected and recorded the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of the Sparky way. Often, scientists will set up experiments with control groups and the like, and have participants use WW or AA or some behavior modification system like Spark People.

The complete lack of data seems unlikely to me. Someone somewhere MUST have the data I'm looking for.

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ICEDEMETER 7/14/2014 5:35PM

    I haven't seen anything about the long-term success rate, and I would be very surprised if I did. I also wouldn't trust it much, since all of the data is self-reported (and most folks aren't all that honest about it). I can see WW having the data from their public weigh-ins, and am not surprised at all at the low success rate.

My personal take on all of the different programs and options are that they all can be either diets or lifestyle changes - it all depends on how the individual uses them.

I didn't follow any "food plan" or make any "goals" or read either of the Spark books - I just used the tracker to see what I was eating and to get data to make some changes. I also haven't used the fitness trackers - I treat that as something completely separate (and haven't hit on anything that I can see incorporating as a regular thing).

For me, it seems to be a lifestyle change in that I can't see changing back to how I ate before - primarily because I enjoy what I eat now more than what I used to have! I now cook 90% of our meals, whereas we used to eat in restaurants more than 70% of the time (and honestly, I can make better tasting food than most of the restaurants that we used to frequent).

I had a recent 3 week stint of traveling, and "indulging", and the resultant "weight gain" (water) disappeared within a week of getting home and getting back to our normal way of eating. It really IS our normal now - and it takes less thought and effort to continue with it than it would to change back.

I've only been maintaining for a few months, though, so time will tell whether I'll be able to say for sure that I made a lifestyle change or followed a diet...

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DUKEFAN86 7/14/2014 11:41AM

    Personally, I use SP for the online support, but I've had more weight loss success using the Weight Watchers app.

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LILLIPUTIANNA 7/14/2014 11:35AM

    But have you ever seen an article about long term success by people who use this site? I can pull up ten scientific articles right now regarding Weight Watchers (for the record their success rate isn't very good). I can pull up articles on Jenny Craig (also not good). I can pull up success rates for Alcoholics Anonymous (shockingly not good). I can pull up data for all manner of organizations and business designed to help you break bad habits...and they rarely have impressive success rates.

Strangely enough, Biggest Loser has something like a 75% success rate for long term weight loss. That goes counter to what we are told in the media, and when we sit around chatting about such things

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CHARITYAK 7/14/2014 11:27AM

    I don't use the SP Diet. At 54, I know what my body responds to and what it doesn't. What I am finding SP helpful for is the support, accountability and journaling while I do my own thing... :)

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More Fun With Mommy Dearest

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Today will not be a good day.

You know how you wake up some mornings and you just KNOW it will be a bad day?

That's today.

I didn't lose any weight this week.

I have to spend the day with my mother, for her birthday. If you have read any of my other blogs, you know that spending time with my mother is a bit like spending time in a nest of angry rattlesnakes...but less cuddly. She wants to go out to eat. It's an Italian place she wants to try. There will most likely be nothng there I can eat. She will then make snide comments about me, my life, my weight, my house, my politics, whatever she can until it's time for me to come home.

I shouldn't put up with it, I know. But she's my mother. Both of my parents were terribly dysfunctional. I cut my father out of my life because he was so bad. My mom is bad, but in a different, sneakier way. She wears away at your defenses. She looks for chinks in your armor.

This is is same woman who, when I ended up in the hospital, because my grandparents pressured her to admit me, got mad because she was going to have a hospital bill to pay. (And I think because I was sloppy enough to get caught in my disordered behavior. I wouldn't make that mistake again, for the record.)

And do you see? This all starts with me feeling stupid for not having lost weight this week. Now I have to stand in front of my mother, who always pressured me to be thin. She taught me that thin was never thin enough. This is the same person who, when she went through treatment for breast cancer was happy that she was finally able to get down to her "normal weight."

So, today will be a mine field for me.

I will think of all you shiny little Sparkers while I stare mournfully into my plate of pasta.

  
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IMAVISION 7/13/2014 12:45PM

    With my own "tendency to tell the truth" or "to point out the truth" --- bottom line, you do not have to give over the minutes of your life to anyone with whom you do not care to, that includes your mother. Everything we do comes down to a choice made.



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LILLIPUTIANNA 7/13/2014 12:31PM

    Thanks KESTRYLL!

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KESTRYLL 7/13/2014 12:13PM

    Salad is always a good choice and I know how you feel, my bbf's mother did that to her all the time. Even as she lay dying. Sad. Have a great day anyway!

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Lucky Level 13

Monday, July 07, 2014




Today, I hit Level 13 here on Spark People.

I'm writing this blog to remind myself that in order to see progress, to "level up," all I have to do is show up, drink my water, enter my food, do a tiny bit of exercise. Pushing myself harder and going to extremes does not bring about progress faster. It only leads to a crash and burn.

In one week I have...

1. Lost 2.5 pounds. (Yes I was hungry. Yes I was lightheaded at first. Now I am not.)

2. My skin feels younger. (Water + Exercise = The Fountain of Youth! I don't mind getting old, but I don't want to feel like every time I move my skin is cracking.)

3. My mind is clearer. (The stress and depression that haunts me isn't gone, but I can deal with it better.)

4. I don't feel like a tick about to burst. (Gaining all that weight back is just too much stress on my body. I have tiny bones. They can't carry a lot of weight. I don't want to feel like a water balloon when I walk.)

Keep moving. Keep logging in. Stay focused.


  
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ICEDEMETER 7/7/2014 3:21PM

    Nice to have the tools here when you want them, isn't it?

Kudos on getting past the hunger and feeling better!

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JLAMING263 7/7/2014 12:31PM

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Food For Thought

Monday, June 30, 2014

I don't eat McDonalds fries. I don't eat McDonalds anything. However, this picture makes me wonder just how many strawberries I could eat before feeling sick and never wanting to eat another strawberry again. I'm fairly sure I wouldn't make it to 114.

  
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EGRAMMY 6/30/2014 7:54PM

    Granddaughter drove us a long way. She doesn't stop at McDonalds as something bothers her Chrons disease.

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GARDENQE2 6/30/2014 1:11PM

    I'm crazy about strawberries!
It's easy for me to eat a quart in one sitting...maybe I should count as I go!
Thanks for sharing!

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JONPLANE 6/30/2014 12:29PM

  Good to ponder!

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Water Balloon

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Water weight is so weird. Losing three pounds in three days is deceiving. I usually carry about five pounds of water weight when I'm stressed. I understand biology and metabolisms...but that water weight thing is always baffling to me.

  
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ALEXTHEHUN 5/25/2014 1:58PM

    It's baffling and frustrating.

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MARYJOANNA 5/25/2014 1:08PM

  Who can understand how the body works?

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KNEEMAKER 5/25/2014 1:08PM

  Water water everywhere and so many drops to drink. That is good though. We cannot survive without it. I wish you much success on your journey. Have a great weekend and a Special Sunday. emoticon

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