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/ 10 of the Most Inspiring Plus-Size Athletes You're Not Following http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_of_the_most_inspiring_plussize_athletes_youre_not_following Get inspired by these strong, confident ladies who are all about making the most of their bodies, not the least of them. Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Jackie (JSTETSER) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_jackie_jstetser This week, Jackie is proud of herself for knocking out 22 push ups! Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST A Sports Doctor's Secrets to Warming Up for Cold-Weather Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_sports_doctors_secrets_to_warming_up_for_coldweather_workouts Don't let cold temps freeze your progress! Use Dr. Tim's strategies to properly warm up and stay safe no matter how low the temperatures dip outside. Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST 20 Diabetes-Friendly Breakfast Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=20_diabetesfriendly_breakfast_recipes A healthy breakfast is even more important for those who have Type 2 diabetes. Stuck in a rut? Try adding some of these diabetes-friendly day starters to your morning rotation. Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Diane (DIANEDOESSMILES) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_diane_dianedoessmiles When someone is overweight or obese, even common activities can seem like a struggle. This week, Diane felt strong and confident enough to go bowling. Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST How Helene Stopped Drinking & Started Living Her Best Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_hlne_stopped_drinking_started_living_her_best_life For Hélène, getting healthy was about more than just eating right and exercising -- it was also about bidding goodbye to the booze, once and for all. Fri, 9 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Spare Us a Minute, We Could Use Your Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spare_us_a_minute_we_could_use_your_help Facebook is changing their newsfeed, but you can help us make it better for you! Thu, 8 Feb 2018 14:00:00 EST Annie G. lost 40 Pounds,* Feels "More Positive About Everything" http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=annie_g_loses_40_pounds_feels_more_positive When Annie was down to her last audition dress that fit, she knew it was time to make a serious lifestyle change. Thu, 8 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Are Air Fryers the Next Big Thing—or Just Full of Hot Air? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=are_air_fryers_the_next_big_thingor_just_full_of_hot_air Have your fries and skip the oil, too? That's what the air fryer promises to do. Find out if this kitchen tool is worth the hype or just a bunch of hot air. Tue, 6 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST The Power of Weight Loss and Positive Influence http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_power_of_weight_loss_and_positive_influence Erin found friendship, lost weight and enriched her life by finally opening up to change. Mon, 5 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Jessica (JESS0000) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_jessica_jess0000 This week, Jessica is proud of not letting a tough couple of days derail her long-term goals. Mon, 5 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Self-Care & a New Leg Day Move in the Go Get It Guide http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=selfcare_a_new_leg_day_move_in_the_go_get_it_guide Storm into February full of drive and purpose with some new tools and tips from our editor-in-chief. Fri, 2 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Amanda Lost 40 Pounds* and Gained Confidence http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=amanda_lost_40_pounds_and_gained_confidence Amanda, a real estate broker and mom of two lost 40 pounds by trying a new way to lose weight. Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Find Your Ideal Activity With the Exercise Flowchart http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=find_your_ideal_activity_with_the_exercise_flowchart Not sure whether to spin, step, stretch or sculpt? Start here! Our handy fitness flowchart steps you through what could be the most important decision of your day. Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Doris (PRIMEOFMYLIFE) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_doris_primeofmylife In this week's Spotlight, we congratulate Doris for pushing through a plateau and sticking with her nutrition and exercise plan. Mon, 29 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Knock Out Your Next Workout with a Fitness Boxing Class http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=knock_out_your_next_workout_with_a_fitness_boxing_class People of all ages, sizes and skill levels can benefit from a fitness boxing class. Before you go, take a crash course with our cheat sheet. Mon, 29 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST 6 Spin Essentials to Get You Through Your Next Class http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=stuff_we_love_4_essentials_for_spinning_class Whether you're attending your first (or your 50th) class, these products can help you stay comfortable--and get more out of your indoor cycle class! Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST How Losing 200 Pounds Helped Kathy Walk Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=from_wheelchairbound_to_loving_life_kathys_story Learn how Kathy overcame a food addiction and MS mobility challenges to lose 200 pounds, ditch the wheelchair and get a new lease on life. Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Get Improved Fitness Reporting in the App! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=get_improved_fitness_reporting_in_the_app Connect a supported fitness tracking device or app to generate easy-to-understand charts that will give you insight into our progress! Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:00:00 EST Why I Don't Do Cardio http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=why_i_dont_do_cardio For years, cardio has been king, known as the holy grail of exercise. One writer thinks it's time to dethrone the king. Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Don't Miss Out on This Year’s 10 Most Healthy Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=dont_miss_out_on_this_years_10_most_healthy_foods Dietitians dish on the 10 healthy foods that you can't afford to miss out on this year. Are you eating enough of them? Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST 16 Plank Exercises for a Stronger Core http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=14_plank_exercises_for_a_stronger_core The plank can be one of the most effective exercises we can do in helping us develop a stronger core so that we have better stability and posture. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Saedah (LADYSAE) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_saedah_ladysae This week, Saedah is proud of herself for making the time for early-morning exercise. She's down eight pounds and counting! Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST 10 Challenging Chair Exercises http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=8_challenging_chair_exercises You don't have to have a membership to a gym or own lots of home workout equipment to get fit.If you have a chair, you too can gain the health benefits of resistance training. Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:00:00 EST Tips and Recipes for Successful Sous Vide Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=tips_and_recipes_for_successful_sous_vide_cooking Not sure how to get started with your new sous vide cooker? We've got some delicious ideas. Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST SparkChallenges: Fun for Personal Goals or With Friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sparkpeople_challenges_fun_for_personal_goals_or_with_friends Use our new Challenges platform to set your goals and exceed them. Start a personal challenge or invite your friends for a little friendly competition! Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:00:00 EST 15 Surprising Things You Never Knew About Jenny Craig http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=16_surprising_things_you_never_knew_about_jenny_craig It's not your mother's weight-loss center. The many facets of today's Jenny Craig might surprise you! Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Reap the Benefits of Bite-Sized Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=why_the_60minute_workout_is_dead Don't have an hour to spend at the gym? Fast-track your workout and still see results. Here's why (and how) you can reap the benefits in far less time. Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Crystal (SHESHNA) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_crystal_sheshna As a mom and full-time student, Crystal's biggest challenge has been juggling being a mom and a full-time student while trying to stay active along with eating healthy. Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST How Matthew Is Beating Depression With Healthy Living & Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_matthew_is_beating_depression_with_healthy_living_weight_loss After years of depression and binge-eating, Matthew is 80 pounds lighter in weight, and immeasurably lighter in his outlook on life. Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST What Our Members Are Saying About SparkPeople Premium http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=what_our_members_are_saying_about_sparkpeople_premium Wondering if SparkPeople Premium is right for you? Check out what some happy members are saving about our upgraded, ad-free service. Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST 5 Ways Meal Prepping Can Help You Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_ways_meal_prepping_can_help_you_lose_weight If you want to get serious about weight loss, then you need to learn to prep ahead. Meal prepping can help you keep track of your food and make losing weight a whole lot easier. Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST 9 Resolutions That Make You Happier, Not Skinnier http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=9_resolutions_that_make_you_happier_not_skinnier Love them or hate them, resolutions go hand-in-hand with the new year. In addition to the same old weight loss promises, consider choosing goals that focus on happiness instead. Tue, 9 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST 10 Ways a Health Coach Can Help You Finally Achieve Your Dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_ways_a_health_coach_can_help_you_finally_achieve_your_dreams There's a trained expert for virtually every aspiration--even weight loss! Learn how a health coach can help you on your weight-loss journey. Mon, 8 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Fredielyn (MARINGAL) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_fredielyn_maringal This week, we check in with Fredielyn from California, who shares her small success, her biggest challenge and her advice for new SparkPeople members. Mon, 8 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST The 9 Best SparkPeople Articles for Goal Getters http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_10_best_sparkpeople_articles_for_beginners New to SparkPeople? Discover 10 great articles that will get you on track to achieve your wildest weight-loss dreams in this month's Go Get It Guide! Fri, 5 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Introducing Rapid Results by Jenny Craig http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=speed_up_your_weight_loss_with_rapid_results Consider trying a new program that promises to deliver faster results for those who have failed at weight loss before and are determind to make it work this time. Thu, 4 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Why Do We Use Ads on SparkPeople? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=why_do_we_use_ads_on_sparkpeople SparkGuy wants you to know the reasons behind SparkPeople's use of advertisers. Wed, 3 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Why You Should Set Goals, Not Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=why_you_should_set_goals_not_resolutions A surprising 42.4 percent of people said they fail in their resolution every year? Why? Discover why you should rethink your resolutions if you want to find success. Tue, 2 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Clean Up Your Snacking Habit With Our Brand New Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=clean_up_your_snacking_habit_with_our_brand_new_challenge Without a strategy, snacking, mindless munching and emotional eating can quickly ruin your day of healthy eating. That's why we have a new challenge just for you. Mon, 1 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Geri, The Comeback Kid http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=member_spotlight_the_comeback_kid In this week's Spotlight, Geri, 'The Comeback Kid,' shares her weekly triumphs and challenges, along with some great advice for those who are new to SparkPeople. Mon, 1 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST How Debra Conquered Pain and Chased Down Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=debra_on_never_giving_up_and_celebrating_every_little_victory Discover how Debra overcame a rare medical condition to reach her healthy weight, embrace a love of running and complete two marathons (and counting). Fri, 29 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST Lose Weight for Good With Our 30-Day Secrets to Success Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=lose_weight_for_good_with_our_30day_secrets_to_success_challenge You don't have to diet alone! There are many people out there just like you who have struggled to lose the weight and keep it off for good--learn their secrets today! Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST Three Steps to Make Your Resolution Easier This Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=three_steps_to_make_your_resolution_easier_this_year Thinking about the healthy changes you'd like to make for 2018? Make it easier with these three proven steps. Tue, 26 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST 7 Members Find Success With Meal Replacements http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=7_members_find_success_with_meal_replacements Discover what SparkPeople members thought of a popular meal replacement program. Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST We Slimmed Down SparkPeople's 9 Favorite Comfort Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=healthier_versions_of_spark_staffers_favorite_comfort_foods We asked SparkPeople staff, what's your favorite comfort food? They delivered, then we found healthier recipes for them (and you!) to make instead! Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST The True Power of Setting the Right Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_true_power_of_setting_the_right_goals We preach the power of goal setting for good reason--the right goal can make or break your motivation. Learn how to make goals that stick and finally find success. Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST The 14 Best Subscription Boxes Delivering Health to Your Door http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_10_best_subscription_boxes_delivering_health_to_your_door Give the gift of health year-round with these subscription services sure to deliver delight the inner athlete/chef/fashionista in all of us. Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST 100 Amazing Reasons to Start Losing Weight Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=100_amazing_reasons_to_start_losing_weight_today We asked SparkPeople members why starting the weight-loss journey today is a better idea than putting it off until tomorrow and here are their 100 best responses. Fri, 8 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST Can Meal Replacements Save You From Bad Decision Making? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=can_meal_replacements_save_you_from_bad_decision_making The average person comes up against a food decision more than 200 times per day. Could meal replacements be a safe, healthy way to arm yourself against bad decisions? Thu, 7 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST