SparkPeople doesn't have "rules." It's not like the Boy Scouts where you sign up, pay dues, go to meetings where you recite their pledge, and can be thrown out if you don't do what they say. SparkPeople is more like the pick-up basketball game at the park. When you come in and say you want to play but you can't because you don't have Air Jordans, the kids who've been playing for years say, "Naah, that doesn't matter. Look at Jimmy; he's wearing tennis shoes from Family Dollar and he's doing great." If you say, "No matter how hard I try, I just can't get the ball in the basket," they say, "Well, try not throwing the ball with both hands straight over your head. It usually works better if you put your left hand under the ball and use your right hand to aim. Look, see how Sally does it?"
But the game that we're playing is healthy weight loss. From experience and general knowledge, we know that products sold as diet pills just don't work. They don't contribute to weight loss at all. If you come to the basketball court wearing cleats and want to shoot hoops with a football, at first the other kids will say, "No, that's not going to work. See, the points on that ball get caught in the net, and the shape means it just can't make the right kind of parabolic arch for your shots to work on a basketball court that's so much shorter than a football field. And those shoes are going to trip you and hurt you." If you don't listen and you keep coming back with the football and trying to convince other people they should spend money on pads and helmets (which your uncle just happens to sell), eventually someone is going to stop, look at you, and say, "Why are you even here if you don't want to play basketball? If you want football, go join the Pop Warner league."
So that's it. It's not about "rules;" it's about whether you're interested in doing what this site is set up to do, or whether you're trying to play "Diet pill shuffle" in the middle of the "Eat healthy and exercise" game.
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