Monday, July 15, 2013

The Spark Solution - The Magic of Two Weeks

In case you missed it, I have started reading "The Spark Solution", a complete two-week diet program to fast-track weight loss and total body health.

The description  of this book actually seems to be a little misleading because the it appears as if the people at www.sparkpeople.com encourage you to get away from the word "diet" and to rather live a healthier lifestyle; which is what I'm all about! Another misleading part of their book description seems to be the term "fast-track weight loss", because they don't seem to be all about losing weight fast, but rather in a healthy, sustainable manner. So, if you believe in both of those ideals, then I believe you will enjoy this book! I have been enjoying it so far, myself!

I did a brief overview of the introduction in a previous post which can be found, here:

The Spark Solution - Introduction

The next chapter of The Spark Solution is called "The Magic of Two Weeks". In this chapter, The Spark Solution says that quite simply, dieting and weight loss come down to calories in versus calories out. But as with most things in life, it's not that simple. A calorie is the unit used to measure the energy value of food, and 3,500 of them equal a pound of body fat. Burn 3,500 calories and you'll lose a pound. Consume 3,500 more than you expend and you'll gain a pound.

I believe that The Spark Solution realizes that a sedentary state is not good for your health or losing weight. The Spark Solution says that getting yourself moving is the hard part. Keeping yourself moving is slightly easier. First comes motivation, then comes momentum. The Spark Solution, with their two week plan, promises that over the next two weeks, you'll develop both. Why two weeks? Well, The Spark Solution believes that two weeks is the proven amount of time necessary to begin a life change. Two weeks is long enough to feel results but not so long as to feel intimated.

The Spark Solution also believes that changing your body begins with changing your mind and that even small steps make a big difference. They also provide their opinion of 8 Healthy Habits:

1. Stay motivated, no matter what.
2. Write it down.
3. Eat what you want, but in right-size portions.
4. No forbidden fruit, so to speak.
5. Balance your calorie account.
6. Don't burn out.
7. It's about healthy eating and exercise, not healthy eating or exercise.
8. You can't go it alone.

The Spark Solution wants you to "have your cake and eat it too". That's why they believe in either-or, rather than all-or-nothing. Balance is critical.

Finally, this chapter states that unrealistic weight-loss goals can have a negative impact on the success of your weight loss and weight maintenance.

I have definitely had my share of unrealistic weight-loss goals having a negative impact on my success in weight-loss. While I do believe that "shooting for the moon" can have it's pros, it depends on your mind frame and I believe it's important to identify if the weight loss goals we are setting for ourselves are building us up or tearing us down.

What kind of a weight-loss goal to do you have for yourself right now? Aggressive, moderate or laid-back?
- I have a moderate goal of trying to get out of the 230's by the end of the month. This seemed very aggressive to me last week while away from home on a business trip, but now that I am back in my element, the goal is looking for realistic to me.

3 comments:

  1. a great post to read as I try to get my eating back on track :) especially, "7. It's about healthy eating and exercise, not healthy eating or exercise."

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  2. Interesting stuff. Thanks for sharing. I'm a big fan of Spark and that it's about lifestyle change and working through the process of change. I probably have laid-back goals right now. I track my calories and things a lot but I don't have any wight loss goals or anything. I'm mostly trying to stay consistent. Thanks again for the info.

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  3. Are you a member at sparkpeople.com ? It is a wonderful community and I actually blog there right now but you have be a member to comment on someone's blog. You can look me up under amandaunbidden. My blog is public. Everything on their site is free except for SparkCoach which you don't really need unless you are just starting out and then it would be a great place to start. I love the sparkpeople community and it has helped me lose 38 pounds and counting!

    I also bought the book but haven't finished reading it yet.

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