I'm coming into this discussion late, but I wanted to add my two cents. I think I had found Sparkpeople first, and then read the "Beck book". Sparkpeople alone wasn't enough for me to lose weight, because I easily got discouraged or felt overwhelmed and I wasn't seeing much success. I have been a yo-yo dieter all my life, and I really needed the positive self-talk provided by the Beck book.
But what SP has been really useful for is #1 planning. "Unplanned eating" is a really big thing for Dr. Beck. I do the best when I enter my calories for breakfast & lunch and then tailor my dinner around the nutrients (fiber, protein, etc) that I still need in my day. When I started reading the Beck book, I decided that my "sensible diet" was the Sparkpeople suggested calorie range and distribution of fat, carbs, and protein.
Sparkpeople has also provided a support system, continued education, and a little extrinsic motivation when I don't really "feel like" spending time thinking about dieting.
I'm over a year in now, so I mostly do the SP stuff, but when I find I am snacking or eating emotionally or losing motivation, that it's a good idea to consider bringing out my positive response cards and reasons for continuing on this journey. I just recently revisited all my cards, and it really has me back on track.
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