The appeal of SparkPeople
Thursday, June 27, 2013
I work with a staff that is primarily women of a certain age, and health and weight are big topics of conversation. We often talk about things that we are trying and how things are working. So I've started talking a bit more about SparkPeople and my experiences with it. This is making me think about what I like about SparkPeople and why I'm using it more consistently and more successfully than Weight Watchers online. In many ways, the two sites have the same features--tracking food, exercise and weight; articles on current weight-loss information; recipes; and community message boards. But SparkPeople seems to me to be more nuturing, more encouraging, especially for people who have a large amount of weight to lose. Most of the success stories that I've seen, or the members who have been featured on SparkRadio, have lost over 100 pounds. It's a lot more encouraging to see real people who have lost large amounts of weight than someone who lost 20 or 30 pounds--I can say "well if they managed, so can I."
Also, I suspect that I'm addicted to gathering points and building streaks--there's some brain chemistry thing going on there, isn't there?