Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.

    HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE   70,213
60,000-79,999 SparkPoints

Review: The Spark Solution

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts

Friday, April 12, 2013

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"

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ILOVEMALI 4/29/2013 3:18PM

    you are doing so well! And, BTW, I ordered a copy of the new Spark book!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSROZZIE 4/18/2013 10:16PM

    Great review. I pre-ordered The Spark Solution and eagerly awaiting my copy. On, on May 7th! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CLPURNELL 4/18/2013 9:31PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRIANGLE-WOMAN 4/18/2013 7:05PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
BMCKEOW1 4/18/2013 1:41PM

    Wow sounds like a good book. Thanks for the review.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BRADMILL2922 4/16/2013 1:20AM

    Sounds like a really good book! Thanks for the review Holly!

Report Inappropriate Comment
AME4IT 4/15/2013 11:01AM

    What a great review! I've got the new book on my 'wish list' items to purchase so hopefully finances will loosen up a bit so I can get it.

Report Inappropriate Comment
FINCHFEEDER80 4/14/2013 9:04PM

    I pre-ordered it a few weeks ago, and I'm so excited for when it finally ships! Glad to hear it's good. I got the original recently and am currently reading through that. There's nothing like a good round of positive reinforcement!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOONBIRD 4/14/2013 11:32AM

    I might have to read that! It sounds good!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUGAR0814 4/13/2013 9:24PM

    I really need to get a copy especially since SP are including gifts for pre-orders. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
POOKASLUAGH 4/13/2013 1:24PM

    Awesome! I'm glad to hear there's something to look forward to even for us old Sparkers!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MADTHENURSE 4/13/2013 12:45PM

    I will have to grab a copy! Thanks for the review, Holly!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BE-THE-CHANGE 4/13/2013 11:20AM

    I am also more anxious for my copy after reading reviews. Thanks for sharing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SENIOR62 4/13/2013 11:05AM

  I preordered thebook and am very anxious toget it and even more so sice I'vebeen reading all the reviews from th bloggers.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TORTISE110 4/13/2013 7:03AM

    I'm looking forward to getting my copy!

Report Inappropriate Comment
123ELAINE456 4/13/2013 12:51AM

  Thank You for the Review of the Book. I pre-ordered the book a few weeks ago and waiting for it to come. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ILOVEMALI 4/12/2013 8:52PM

    Thanks for the review. I pre-ordered it a few weeks ago.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SWANATOPIA 4/12/2013 8:49PM

    Thanks! I am certainly going to check the book out!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DAWNESS0404 4/12/2013 8:47PM

    Great review!

Report Inappropriate Comment
NASFKAB 4/12/2013 8:08PM

  thanks you did a good review

Report Inappropriate Comment
ARNETTELEE 4/12/2013 8:05PM

  Can't wait to read it!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TEMIWUMI 4/12/2013 8:01PM

    Thank you for the information, and congratulations on your weight loss and good luck on reaching your goal.

Report Inappropriate Comment

Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

Log in to post a comment.

Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.

Other Entries by HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE