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SparkPeople: The Best Weight Loss Program

Spring Contest Results

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SparkPeople held a Spring Contest at the end of May and we wanted to share the winning entries with you! We received several creative and heartfelt responses to the following question:

What makes SparkPeople the best weight loss program in the world?

Responses were judged in three categories: most unique, most inspiring, and best non-weight loss story. Three winners were selected from each category. Below is a short segment of each winning entry. You can click on the link for each one to read their entire entry on the Message Boards, and even leave a comment for the winner!

MOST INSPIRING

TRIXIE3333
"What makes SparkPeople the best diet program in the world? Well that's easy...it's not a diet. It's an entire lifestyle that will help you live a long, healthy life. Learning how to eat properly and to introduce a fitness regime into your life is the first step. The next step is keeping you motivated each and every day so you can achieve all of your goals." Click HERE to read more!

APPLIANCE_GIRL
"SparkPeople has changed my life. When I started, I weighed in at 345 pounds. I've been overweight my entire life and in the last 10 years I have really started to pay the price with significant health issues. I began this journey using another diet site. It wasn't comprehensive, user-friendly or supportive in any way. It got me started, yes, but clearly wasn't going to lead me to positive and permanent lifestyle changes. What's worse, they billed my credit card every month!" Click HERE to read more!

SUZANNAHBIRD
"I found Spark by accident. It was random- one of those great unexpected gifts. I am not sure why, but I was looking for a site that had a calorie counter on it. I had gained about 10 pounds a year for over 10 years. Before that, I lost 60 pounds and worked as a Diet Center Counselor. I knew exactly what I needed to do to lose weight, but the thing was, I couldn't figure out how to get myself to do it. Eight years of therapy with great success in many areas, but I couldn't figure out that one thing. I could move mountains but I could not diet. Just the thought of it made me overeat." Click HERE to read more!


MOST UNIQUE

UNAFITLADY
"SparkPeople is fun!
They help you until the weight war is done!
Use their pre-planned meals, or record what you eat.
Follow the exercise plan, it helps you stay on your feet.
Have a question, use the expert advice.
Need support, there's multiple groups, just roll the dice."
Click HERE to read more!

JOANNA
"I have a secret. My secret has been hidden away so neatly for so many years that in all my thoughts and dreams I was always healthy, happy, and successful. My weight was never an issue.  You see, I have always exuded self-confidence and gave the impression that life could not be better. A high work ethic, positive attitude, and outgoing personality always did me proud. I set goals, attained those goals, did what was expected all without succumbing to 'you have such a pretty face' syndrome. (See me for what is inside not the outside became my mantra.) My weight was never an issue. My weight has always been my issue." Click HERE to read more!

FABERSMITH
"What makes SparkPeople the best diet program in the world?...it has me talking to myself!
'Hey self, what do you want?'
'Do you want that donut or do you want some fresh fruit?'
'Do you want to sit and watch TV or go for a walk in the park?'
SparkPeople has me talking to myself. And I've been listening."
Click HERE to read more!


BEST NON-WEIGHT LOSS STORY

NANCYJAC
"I am happy to say that answering this question is easy for me now. I am even happier to say that the answer has improved my health which I think will add years to my life and certainly the quality to my lifestyle. Losing weight has been a natural consequence and a bonus.  What makes SparkPeople the best diet program in the world is that it is NOT a diet program. It IS an extremely well structured system of strategies, action steps, tools, knowledge, motivation, and support for changing habits." Click HERE to read more!

SCOOBYKARA
"I just finished re-exploring the SparkPeople website to help me narrow down what I love most about this great site. It took me 2 hours! I just kept finding new features, interesting message board posts, and countless articles to read. These are just a few of the things that make SparkPeople the best healthy lifestyle website around. In my opinion the top three reasons SparkPeople is the leader in weight management is that it holds your interest, it features a holistic approach to weight management, and the staff really wants you to succeed." Click HERE to read more!

LKG9999
"I am 44-year-old, female, divorced with one 7-year-old girl, living in a quiet suburb north of Boston, MA. For years I have struggled with chronic fatigue syndrome, mild fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome. I would seesaw between eating well and exercising, only to be overcome by my fatigue and digestion issues and end up regaining the weight I lost and then some. I would nap every chance I could get, struggling to hold down a full-time job while taking care of my daughter and our household. Life was exhausting, lonely and depressing." Click HERE to read more!


Thank you to everyone who participated! We hope you enjoy reading the winning entries!

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