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My Review of theThe Spark Solution

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Tuesday, April 09, 2013




Review of the The Spark Solution: A Complete Two-Week Diet Program to Fast-Track Weight Loss and Total Body Health by Becky Hand, R.D. , Stepfanie Romine, and the experts and members at Sparkpeople.com.

When I was first asked by Coach Stepfanie to be a part of this group of reviewers of Sparkpeople’s new book, I was really excited. I counted it a privilege to be a small part of this project.

After reading the material my first initial reaction was two thumbs up. Bravo! I would consider this new book to be more of a survival guide rather than “just another diet book” If you are just starting out or trying to get your Spark back after a downturn in your journey, this book is for you! I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to build or rebuild a solid foundation for their journey that will carry them through.

Rather than divulge a bunch of spoilers, I will point out those qualities that make the book outstanding in my opinion.

#1 – The book is written from the input of successful people.

Why is this important? – Far too many diet and fitness books try to take a totally unique approach that sets their method apart from all others on the market. Then they draft as many people as possible to try their way of losing weight. Of those that are successful, the best testimonials are included as proof that their system works.

With the Spark Solution, a huge cross section of the Spark community is polled to find out what made them successful. From this data, common threads are established and the doctrine is created. In other words, with other plans, the belief is created then the evidence to support that belief is sought out. With the Spark Solution, the belief is created FROM the evidence. Big difference. If you want to be successful, you find out what successful people are doing then follow suit.

#2 – I love the “Eight Habits Of Super Successful Dieters” in Part 1, “The Magic Of Two Weeks”

Why is this important? - If I was asked to list the top 8 things that made the difference for me in my own weight loss journey, it would be these 8 habits. These and the other concepts laid out throughout the book are hard won lessons from the battlefront.

#3 - The NEAT concept. (Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis)

Why is this important? – I am guilty as charged. What do you mean? You ask. I am really good for epic workouts and then go roost for hours in front of a computer or some other non-movement activity. NEAT is basically defined as those activities that burn calories during the day that is not exercise related, eating, or sleeping. So many extra calories can be burned throughout the day if we take the extra steps to incorporate more movement in our day.

NEAT as defined by the National Institutes of Health
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pub
med/12468415


In the Spark Solution, ideas are given throughout the book to increase the benefits of NEAT and get it to work for you.


#4 – The Sheer level of practical lessons.

Why is this important? – This fact makes the Spark Solution a reference manual that you can come back to over and over to review and renew your understanding of how to have a successful journey. In my opinion, a book that you can read once, glean a little knowledge, and then put on the shelf is not worth having. The practical information covering the numerous scenarios that we are faced with on a day-to-day basis make this book a tool in your healthy lifestyle toolbox.

#5 – Spark Swaps

Why is this important? – Spark Swaps is a concepts that applies to recipe design, exercise and more. It emphasizes simple upgrades, changes, or substitutions that will save calories on the dinner plate or burn extra calories at the gym. Innovative ways that will help you get a little extra bang for the buck in your day to day activities and meals. It isn’t rocket science.

There is more I could write about the sections on motivation, building momentum and fitness but that will produce a long blog that is impractical to read.

Overall I highly recommend this book as a practical companion to assist you in building a lasting foundation for a long and successful journey.

For more information on The Spark Solution visit:
www.sparkpeople.com/spar
ksolution/


I received an advance copy of this book for free from SparkPeople and did not receive any form of payment for my review.




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SPARKBJOK 4/29/2013 6:17PM

    Thank you for a great review.

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SHFELKEY 4/23/2013 11:25AM

    Thanks for your review! emoticon

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TIME-4-TINA 4/13/2013 6:53PM

    Very nice job on the review! sounds like a good book. Congratulations on being asked to write the review. I'm sure you've already thought of this, but you should work for Spark. They already know how much you motivate people on here. You should be a spark coach.

Coach Stepfanie.........He's your man!!!!

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JULIA1154 4/12/2013 8:59PM

  Thanks for the review. I may see if I can find it in the library.

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ABUFFKIN 4/12/2013 2:28PM

    I really think I need to order this book pronto!!

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SIMONEKP 4/12/2013 11:26AM

    I think your review has been the best so far

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JGMARIE80 4/12/2013 10:08AM

  Thanks for your input. I may consider pre- ordering it. emoticon

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JANEMARIE77 4/12/2013 7:39AM

    great review thank you

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HAPPYMENOW58 4/12/2013 2:41AM

    Makes me want to get this book! Thanks!

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NILLEY76 4/11/2013 6:45PM

  great review!!

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NILLEY76 4/11/2013 6:45PM

  great review!!

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SCRAPBECCA 4/11/2013 6:30PM

    very inspiring post!

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SHOAPIE 4/11/2013 6:25PM

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GIGI4AUSTIN 4/11/2013 3:04PM

    Think I'm sold!

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SUSANSERENE 4/11/2013 2:16PM

    Thanks for the great and informative review! I ordered my copy some time ago and now I'm even more excited to get it!

Thanks, again!

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BRENDAGAIL9 4/11/2013 12:03PM

    I ordered the book so it will come the first part of May. I hope I like it.

Thanks for the review.

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KATIEM929 4/11/2013 11:24AM

    Sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing your review!

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BRENDA_G50 4/11/2013 11:23AM

    emoticon So many diet books either make a lot of false promises or reiterate what has been out there before, therefore I usually found them boring and a waste of time/money. But after reading the reviews on "The Spark Solution", I can't wait until my copy gets here!!!

emoticon for sharing your review.

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IMSUNSHINE 4/11/2013 9:05AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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BRASKIN 4/11/2013 7:52AM

  appreciate the insights into the book. emoticon

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TOKIEMOON 4/11/2013 7:28AM

    Well outlined review! Thanks for giving me the extra incentive I need to check this book out.
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KUTEY5041 4/11/2013 2:37AM

    that makes me want to get it now. I have been wondering if it would help for me

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 4/11/2013 1:22AM

    Isn't it wonderful? When mine came and I started reading I was so impressed I started the plan as outlined and lost 18 pounds between then and now--that's HUGE for me! Love love love the book!!!

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MOBYCARP 4/10/2013 9:41PM

    That's a surprise. I've been a fan of the NEAT concept for a while. Though I read one old Daily Spark blog on the subject, mostly I came across it from a source outside SP. I'm pleased that it features in the new book, as I'm convinced it makes a huge difference for me, personally.

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JUNEAU2010 4/10/2013 8:04PM

    I can't wait until my book comes. I loved the way you wrote this review!

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ALIDOSHA 4/10/2013 2:57PM

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 4/10/2013 2:52PM

    Thanks for the review.

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GEMLADYONE 4/10/2013 2:36PM

    Thanks! Great review, and I liked your approach to it. I've already pre-ordered the book, and am looking forward to the read.

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SHANECODER 4/10/2013 12:51PM

    Thanks dude!

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SLIMLEAF 4/10/2013 12:30PM

    This is a helpful review and well written too - you've managed to tell us enough to make us want to buy and read it, and yet haven't divulged the books 'secrets'!

Thanks, Robert.

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TERRIMMIX 4/10/2013 11:29AM

    I was on the fence, but you've convinced me to give it a try. Thanks. Ü

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PATTISTAMPS 4/10/2013 10:47AM

    Hmmmmm... I can count 2 reviewers among my SparkFriends! Guess that means I am hanging out with the successful people! LOL

Seriously, this is a good review, gives me some real insight into the book. I may order a couple of copies... one for me and one for a gift! Thanks!

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RAINBOWMF 4/10/2013 8:24AM

    Sounds good to me. I will enjoy my new book.

Hope it gives me the kick I need.

Mary

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GINGERHAWK 4/10/2013 8:22AM

    Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on this. If you don't mind my asking, would you recommend it to someone who has already laid the foundation or do you think it's most appropriate for those who are starting (or re-starting) their journey?

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NILLAPEPSI 4/10/2013 7:42AM

    emoticon for your review. I can hardly wait for the book to be delivered to my Kindle on May 7.

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 4/10/2013 5:21AM

    Have been contemplating preordering this.......and wasn't sure it would be helpful. Thanks for the insight!!!!!

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123ELAINE456 4/10/2013 2:51AM

  Awesome Review. I have already pre ordered the Book and Waiting for it to arrive. Thank You for Your Review of the Book. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.

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DUXGRL1 4/9/2013 10:44PM

    Makes me want to get this book. Sounds great!

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COCK-ROBIN 4/9/2013 10:15PM

    Beautiful!

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LIVEDAILY 4/9/2013 9:56PM

    I have pre-ordered this book, and am looking forward to incorporating the tips into my routine!

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KARRENLYNN 4/9/2013 9:27PM

    Thanks for this review. It's good to hear other's opinions before I spend the money to buy.

Karen

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DRB13_1 4/9/2013 9:01PM

    Thanks for the review. Preordering comes with plenty of perks, including 3 months of SparkCoach - so I've already ordered mine (with the Spark Cookbook). I already had the DVDs, so gave them extras to my BFF so we can "exercise together" by doing some of the routines on the same day.
There are so many "diets" that are deprivation and short term. SP is NOT like that - it's real life and community support.
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MTRACHEL 4/9/2013 8:48PM

    Hey, thanks for the review. I think this is just what I need, right now!

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