I am super excited that I was asked to be one of the few people who got to preview and write a review of SparkPeople's new book.
"The Spark Solution: A Complete Two-Week Diet Program to Fast-Track Weight Loss and Total Body Health" -- By Becky Hand, R.D., and Stepfanie Romine. Chef Meg Galvin created the recipes, and Coach Nicole Nichols designed the workouts. Chris "SparkGuy" Downie wrote the introduction.
I have to say that when I first started going through it, I thought this was just going to be for those new to healthy living, but I have to say that that's not the case.
This book focuses on the first two weeks of your new lifestyle, and how important getting a great start is. They complied data from over 100 Sparkpeople who have lost weight, and most of them have successfully maintained that loss. They found striking similarities with respect to food, exercise and attitude among those that were successful and decided to help us out by telling their secrets, lol! Just kidding!!! They did, however, do a side by side comparison of success stories with those that quit in the first few weeks, and came up with some great solutions to the struggle.
This book details food and exercise for the first two weeks to give you a great start. For two weeks it gives examples of a SAD (standard American diet) and then tells you how to use "sparkswaps" to make it healthier... and they even give the recipes with nutrition content! I was pleased to see it was "real food" too. Eggs and bacon, hamburgers, lasagna, etc. I made one of the "One Dish Dinners" Southwest Chicken and Rice, and it was delicious and super easy. I have a family to cook for, after I get home from work, and these are the kinds of dinners I like to make and they have to be healthy.
It also gives you options for your two week workout plan. It can vary from 3-7 days with a mix of cardio and strength training. There are examples with pictures, and a detailed explanation of how to do them.
Although the books main focus is on setting you up for success in the first two weeks, it doesn't leave you hanging. It goes on to assist you in weeks three and four, along with giving you tons of recipes, tips on how to stay motivated, and how to live a healthy lifestyle for the rest of your life.
One of my favorite parts of this book, is that the ENTIRE book is littered with tips, quotes and stories from successful Sparkpeople... some of the stories I even recognize!!!
No matter what part of the journey you're in, I feel this book could be really helpful.
"I received an advanced copy of this book for free from SparkPeople and did not receive any form of payment for my review"