The SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/ The SparkPeople Blog is a blog brought to you by SparkPeople.com. Topics included in the blog include the latest news in nutrition, fitness, and health, food features, and more. DailySpark.com http://www.dailyspark.com/images/dsp_logo.jpg http://www.sparkpeople.com/ 4 Tips to Stop the Fat Talk for Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=4_tips_to_stop_the_fat_talk_for_good Stop beating yourself up about every little flaw! Here's how to accept your body right now--not 10 pounds from now. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EST SparkPeople Radio Is Taking a Pause http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sparkpeople_radio_is_taking_a_pause Wondering where SparkPeople Radio has gone? Here's an update on the state of our radio show. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:00:00 EST 3 Symptoms Your Husband Shouldn't Ignore http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=3_symptoms_your_husband_shouldnt_ignore You may put up with dirty socks on the floor and even ignore the raised toilet seat, but there are three things you should always speak up about... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:00:00 EST A Quick, Zero-Equipment Cardio Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_quick_zeroequipment_cardio_workout Ban treadmill boredom with this easy-to-follow, effective cardio workout! Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EST 9 Body-Positive Quotes to Boost Your Self-Esteem http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=9_bodypositive_quotes_to_boost_your_selfesteem When you need a little boost of self-esteem (and who doesn't), here are 9 of our favorite quotes and mantras. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:00:00 EST 2 Easy Tips for a Great Workout Every Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=2_easy_tips_for_a_great_workout_every_time Get more out of your workouts with these two simple tips to re-focus your mental energy. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EST Rise and Shine: 8 Stretches You Should Do Each Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=rise_and_shine_8_stretches_you_should_do_each_morning Start your day the healthy way with this feel-good routine of eight easy stretches! Fri, 11 Apr 2014 05:00:00 EST 6 Ways to Try New Recipes for Less http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=6_ways_to_try_new_recipes_for_less Travel around the world in just one bite--without spending a fortune! Here's how to try new, exotic recipes for less at dinnertime tonight. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EST 13 Smart Snacks to Keep at Your Desk http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=13_smart_snacks_to_keep_at_your_desk Save yourself from having to hit the vending machine by keeping your desk (and the office fridge) stocked with healthy snacks! Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:00:00 EST Getting Started with Strength Training in 5 Easy Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=you_asked_how_do_i_start_a_strength_training_weight_lifting_program Confused about how to start a strength training plan? Coach Nicole breaks it down into five simple steps so you can reach your goals! Tue, 8 Apr 2014 05:00:00 EST Exclusive HSN Deal: Save $15 on a SparkPeople Fitness Bundle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=watch_hsn_april_10_to_save_15_on_a_sparkpeople_fitness_bundle Get an exclusive deal from SparkPeople and HSN while supplies last! Mon, 7 Apr 2014 11:00:00 EST How to Keep Your House Clean in 15 Minutes a Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=clean_up_in_minutes Got a few minutes? That's all you need to keep your entire house clean all week long. Here's how. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 06:00:00 EST Kim Changed Her Eating Habits and Made a Commitment to Exercise to Drop 95 Pounds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=kim_changed_her_eating_habits_and_made_a_commitment_to_exercise_to_drop_95_pounds Kim dropped 95 pounds and reduced her blood pressure by learning to love herself and make healthy choices for her body. Sun, 6 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EST Declutter Your Home in 30 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=declutter_your_home_in_31_days The thought of decluttering the entire house is overwhelming. But we've got a process to help you break this massive task into manageable pieces: a 30-day plan to less clutter. Sat, 5 Apr 2014 06:00:00 EST 10 Motivational Twitter Feeds to Follow Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_motivational_twitter_feeds_to_follow_today Here are the top 10 motivational twitter feeds you should be following right now! Fri, 4 Apr 2014 06:00:00 EST Fun & Functional Gardening Gear for Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=cute_functional_gardening_gear Whether you want to start your first flower bed or expand the number of veggies you grow this year, now is the time to take stock of your tools and see what you need. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 06:00:00 EST Which Is More Important: Cardio or Strength Training? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=you_asked_is_it_true_that_strength_training_burns_more_fat_than_cardio_if_i_can_only_do_one_should_i_pick_weight_training Is strength training really superior to cardio when it comes to fitness and weight loss? Or is it the other way around? Here's what we really know about both forms of exercise... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 06:00:00 EST 18 Upbeat Songs to Pump Up Your Spring Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=18_songs_to_pump_up_your_spring_workouts Does your workout playlist need a little spring cleaning? Here are some upbeat tunes we're loving right now! Wed, 2 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EST Why You Should Have an Affair at the Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=why_you_should_have_an_affair_at_the_gym Are the people surrounding you at the gym faithful...or cheaters? You'll never look at them the same after you read this story! Tue, 1 Apr 2014 06:00:00 EST 6 Everyday Ingredients That Make Meals More Exciting http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=6_everyday_ingredients_that_make_meals_more_exciting Tired of the same-old dinners? With just a few affordable ingredients from your neighborhood supermarket, you can turn any meal into a culinary adventure! Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST Justyna Lost 65 Pounds with a Little Help from Her SparkFriends http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=justyna_lost_65_pounds_with_a_little_help_from_her_sparkfriends Learn how someone barely able to walk took control of her life and health by learning you can never fail at SparkPeople, you just keep practicing until you get it right! Sun, 30 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST If You're Not Following This Rule, You're Strength Training the Wrong Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=if_youre_not_following_this_rule_youre_strength_training_the_wrong_way Are you strength training incorrectly? Is your teen's salt consumption affecting his or her health? Are you looking for happiness in the wrong places? Get these answers and more! Sat, 29 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST You Asked: Does Pilates Count as Strength Training? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=you_asked_does_pilates_count_as_strength_training Pilates can be a great workout. But can it substitute for traditional strength training? Certified Pilates instructor and personal trainer, Coach Nicole, weighs in. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 05:00:00 EST How Fasting Affects Your Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=you_asked_how_do_religious_fasts_impact_my_health_weight_loss Ever wonder how fasting for religious purposes affects your health and weight loss? Here's what really happens in your body when you fast. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 05:00:00 EST 3 Ways to Get Back on Track During an Off Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=3_ways_to_get_back_on_track_during_an_off_day We've all had off days where we just don't feel like exercising or sticking to a healthy eating plan. Here are three ways to maintain your motivation when the going gets tough. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST SparkPeople's Diet & Fitness Tracker App: Now Free At Last! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sparkpeoples_diet_fitness_tracker_app_now_free_at_last BIG NEWS: SparkPeople's popular Diet & Fitness Tracker app is about to be FREE! Get the scoop here. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:00:00 EST Fresh Workout Gear for Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=fresh_workout_gear_for_spring Get ready for the warmer days ahead with colorful workout gear in a range of sizes. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 06:00:00 EST Our 5 Favorite Spring Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=our_5_favorite_spring_foods Today we're counting down our top five spring foods! Watch our short five-minute video to find out which foods should be on your plate this season. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST Wake Up to a 10-Day Challenge This April! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=wake_up_to_a_new_challenge_this_april Need a boost of motivation for spring? We've got you covered with our "Rise and Shine" challenge! Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:00:00 EST Three Contact Lens Habits To Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=three_contact_lens_habits_to_break Not all time-saving tactics are created equal: Many people cut corners when it comes to caring for their contacts--and some of these behaviors could trigger infections or worse. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 06:00:00 EST The New No-Excuses Way to Work Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_new_noexcuses_way_to_work_out Learn how you can get expert-designed workouts you can follow anytime and anywhere for less than $3 per month! Mon, 24 Mar 2014 05:00:00 EST Amber Lost 100+ Pounds and Found Confidence in Herself http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=amber_lost_100_pounds_and_found_confidence_in_herself After Amber watched her mother struggle with health problems related to obesity, she decided to take charge of her own health and fitness and transform her life.<br /> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST How to Prevent Muscle Loss When Losing Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=you_asked_whats_the_best_diet_to_minimize_muscle_loss_while_losing_weight Learn how the right diet and exercise changes can minimize muscle loss while you lose weight. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 05:00:00 EST Your Genes Might Make Fried Foods More Fattening http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=thanks_mom_your_genes_might_make_fried_foods_more_fattening Don't miss this week's top stories: diet scammer Kevin Trudeau heading to prison, how a sweet tooth helped with survival, tips to boost confidence--and MUCH more! Sat, 22 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST You Asked: Can You Really Eat Too Much Protein? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=you_asked_can_you_really_eat_too_much_protein How much protein is "too much" in a given day or over time? Our dietitian explains. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 05:00:00 EST 6 Fun Fitness Finds to Inspire Your Spring Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=6_fun_fitness_finds_to_inspire_your_spring_workouts It's here! It's finally here! Coach Nicole has some fun and fashionable ideas to help you ring in spring the fit and healthy way! Thu, 20 Mar 2014 05:00:00 EST 8 Signs Your Cardio Workouts Are Doing More Harm Than Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=you_asked_how_much_cardio_is_too_much Can you do too much of a good thing? When it comes to cardio, the answer is yes... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 05:00:00 EST The Problem with Praise http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_problem_with_praise Kids deserve a pat on the back for a job well done—but if you congratulate them too often, the accolades become meaningless. Find out how to pay compliments that really count. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:00:00 EST HIIT Workout: An Hour's Worth of Cardio in 20 Minutes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=hiit_workout_an_hours_worth_of_cardio_in_20_minutes Short on time? Get an effective cardio workout in just minutes with this interval plan for the stationary bike! Tue, 18 Mar 2014 05:00:00 EST 5 Tricks to Boost Your Workout Motivation Instantly http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_tricks_to_boost_your_workout_motivation_instantly Watch this short SparkPeople video to learn how to boost your motivation to exercise in no time flat! Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST 55 Things the Scale Won't Tell You http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=55_things_the_scale_wont_tell_you Do you find yourself beating yourself up over the number on the scale? The next time you have a disappointing weigh-in, turn to this list for a little perspective. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST How Amanda Lost 105 Pounds the Healthy Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=amanda_took_a_slow_and_steady_approach_to_lose_105_pounds_and_reclaim_her_health Amanda gained weight dealing with years of illness and medication. She lost it by slowing changing her eating and exercise habits and treating weight-loss like a full-time job. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 12:00:00 EST 5 Corned Beef Recipes for St. Patrick's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_corned_beef_recipes_for_st_patricks_day Looking for a new way to make this traditional St. Patrick's Day meal? We've rounded up a variety of delicious corned beef recipes for you to try this holiday. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 10:00:00 EST D.I.Y. Natural Easter Egg Dyes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=diy_natural_easter_egg_dyes With so many people interested in making their own healthy pantry staples, we thought it would be fun to share one of our favorite seasonal D.I.Y. projects: natural dyes for eggs! Sat, 15 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST 10 Slow-Cooker Breakfasts You'll Dream about All Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_slowcooker_breakfasts_youll_dream_about_all_night Go on, hit the snooze alarm. Breakfast will be ready and waiting on you tomorrow morning. Get these recipes and more in our weekly links roundup. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST Satisfy Any Craving for Less than 100 Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=satisfy_any_craving_for_less_than_100_calories Don't let your cravings get out of control. Beat them with these smart snack solutions! Fri, 14 Mar 2014 06:00:00 EST You Asked: How Many Calories Does Strength Training Burn? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=you_asked_how_many_calories_does_strength_training_burn Ever wonder how many calories you burn while lifting weights? We've got the answer! Thu, 13 Mar 2014 05:00:00 EST Watch: SparkPeople's NEW Live Video Chats http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=watch_sparkpeoples_new_live_video_chats Last week SparkPeople launched a new feature that we're excited to share with you. Watch our first installment of 'Take 5 with SparkPeople'--and find out how you can participate! Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST SparkPeople Members in 'Runner's World' http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sparkpeople_members_in_runners_world A group of SparkPeople runners who last year were featured in a documentary about their weight-loss and fitness success is featured in the April issue of 'Runner's World.' Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:00:00 EST The Best Dogs for Kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_best_dogs_for_kids In the animal welfare movement, some advocates are replacing the word "mutt" with "blends" or "mixed breeds." All come with positives and negatives. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 06:00:00 EST