I have introduced SP to everyone I know who tells me that they can't understand how I can (a) exercise every day without feeling bored or giving up; (b) watch my diet but not give up completely on the sinful stuff; and (c) sleep well on most nights at my age (almost 55!).
The balanced views presented, the speed at which matters are addressed and the support from fellow members are more, much more, than from other sites!!
I just read this morning that folks who join a group lose more weight than folks trying it alone. . . and the larger the group, the higher % of additional weight lost. The newspaper actually put it at 1% per added group member. We Spark People are really, really lucky . . .
I'm not surprised at these findings. I have learned a lot on SparkPeople. The advice here is realistic . I have never read any article that says you should do anything one way only. The experts give you pros and cons for exercising on an empty stomach, etc. It's up to us as individuals to do what works best for ourselves. SparkPeople is not a fad diet and that's why it works.
I think it's because there is a difference of opinion on what works and what doesn't that the article praised HIGH VOLUME message boards. The more people the more areas of expertise and more opportunity for incorrect information to be corrected or debatable topics to be dicussed from many angles. On a low volume site a question may only get a handful of responses and a message board that caters to a specific area of the fitness spectrum may, by it's very nature, censor itself to varying opinions.
5/16/2008 8:28:59 PM
Good article........the forum are great for discussing topics we all share. When you have something in common and if doing one thing healthy, has helped, why not share it with others. I do agree with ELLAMENNO....... not all medical professionals, fitness experts and nutritionist agree....... For instance.....I have lived with hypothyroidism for years and the only soy products we hypothyroid people should eat is fermented....miso (misso), tempeh and natto.....and most articles on soy, fail to mention this..
This is a great article, with one caveat -- I have seen plenty of stuff on SparkPeople messageboards and even by the moderators of Spark that is debatable. And by that I don't mean that it is not true, but simply that there is a debate in the fitness or medical community about whether it works or not (for example, exercising on an empty stomach in the mornings.) I wish that sometimes in the articles, Sparkpeople acknowledged that not all fitness experts or medical professionals agree on one thing or another, so that people can make an informed decision and not simply take what is on Spark as the gospel.
Just my 2 cents. All in all, I LOVE Sparkpeople and think that it is a wonderful tool and has been a lifesaver for me!
5/16/2008 2:41:55 PM
I found Spark through a search engine, I wish my doctor had recomended it earlier in the year when we talked about my weight!
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