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/ 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 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 Healthier Versions of Spark Staffers' 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 30 Ways Alexa Can Help You Lead a Healthier Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=21_ways_alexa_can_help_you_lead_a_healthier_life Got Alexa? If not, it's time to tap into the power of smart fitness technology! Discover 21 high-tech skills that will help you recharge your goals. Wed, 6 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST How Josie Is Beating Anxiety With the Power of Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_josie_is_beating_anxiety_with_the_power_of_health After nearly 40 years, Josie's weight loss journey is finally headed in a healthy direction. Find out how she's using Spark to overcome her struggles with weight and anxiety. Wed, 6 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST 25 Diabetes-Friendly Desserts for a Healthier Holiday http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=25_diabetesfriendly_desserts_for_a_healthier_holiday With smart recipes like these, you can still enjoy your favorite desserts without putting yourself in the diabetes danger zone. Tue, 5 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST Two Wonderful Things We Love This Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=two_wonderful_things_we_love_this_month In this month's Go Get It Guide, we found a snack that you're going to devour and a running quote you're going to want to frame and read every day. Fri, 1 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST Premium Workouts: Get Fit the Easy Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=premium_workouts_get_fit_the_easy_way Announcing the launch of our new Premium Workouts! Our coaches created a series of workouts you can do anywhere, and track automatically. Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:00:00 EST Get Free On-Demand Workout Videos With the FitFusion & SparkPeople 28-Day Check-In Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=get_free_ondemand_workout_videos_with_the_fitfusion_and_sparkpeople_28_day_check_in_challenge This challenge featuring Jillian Michaels will guide you through four weeks of FREE, full-length FitFusion on-demand videos so you can take your workout to the next level! Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST 20 Classic Rock Songs to Power You Through Your Next Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=20_classic_rock_songs_to_power_you_through_your_next_workout When you're looking for a little dose of nostalgia, why not add some classic rock to your repertoire? Reminisce about the 60s and 70s while you get your sweat on! Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST 6 Stretching Routines for 6 Different Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=6_stretching_routines_for_6_different_workouts These six stretching routines are designed to target the muscles you just worked in six of the most common workouts, leaving you energized and ready to tackle the day. Mon, 27 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST Black Friday Gear, Gadgets, Deals and Steals http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=black_friday_deals_every_fitness_fanatic_needs We rounded up all the best Black Friday deals so you can just sit back, relax and push a couple of buttons to get your healthy lifestyle needs delivered right to your door. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST Smoothie Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=smoothie_goals Smoothies--delicious, nutritious and so pretty to look at! Take a look at the ones we love for inspiration. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST The Truth About 'Healthy' Ice Creams http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_truth_about_healthy_ice_creams 'Healthy' low-cal, low-fat ice creams are filling frozen food aisles and appealing to dieters' sweet cravings -- but are they too good to be true? Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST Should You Take a Ride on the Carb Cycling Rollercoaster? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=should_you_take_a_ride_on_the_carb_cycling_rollercoaster There's another low-carb eating plan on the block and this one wants you to have your carbs and lose weight, too. Registered dietitian Becky Hand offers details about carb cycling. Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST How Lynn Lost 101 Pounds and Gained a Spark Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_lynn_lost_141_poundsand_gained_a_spark_family After years of battling depression and weight gain, Lynn found a light at the end of what seemed like a very dark tunnel. 100+ pounds later, she has a whole new lease on life. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST Stay on Track With Our 4-Week Healthy Holiday Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=stay_on_track_with_our_4week_healthy_holiday_challenge Planning is everything, so we've got a four-week program to help you stay motivated and on track throughout the holiday season. Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST 20 Simple One-Sheet-Pan Recipes for Busy Weeknights http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=20_simple_onesheetpan_recipes_for_busy_weeknights For those nights when time and inspiration are in short supply, try one of these delicious one-sheet-pan recipes for easy prep and cleanup. Tue, 7 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST 3 of Our Most Favorite Things This Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=3_of_our_most_favorite_things_from_this_month A sweaty palm solution, motivation to dust yourself off and try again, and a challenge generator--all in this month's Go Get It Guide! Fri, 3 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST Breakfast Made Easy: 30 Days of Healthy Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=30_days_of_healthy_breakfasts Breakfasting can be hard. These 30 ideas make it easier. Print it, post it and enjoy easier, healthier, more delicious mornings. Thu, 2 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST Challenge Your Balance With This Tough 7-Move Circuit http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=challenge_your_balance_with_this_tough_7move_circuit If you hear the word ''ballerina'' and think tutus and pink, it's time to change your mind. Ballet requires strong muscles and balance, and you'll need both for this tough circuit. Wed, 1 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST A Dangerous Day of "Healthy Eating" http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_dangerous_day_of_healthy_eating Patty tries to eat well and watch her calories, but sometimes her "healthy" choices aren't so great. Find out why it's so easy to accidentally overeat when trying to lose weight. Tue, 31 Oct 2017 14:00:00 EST The Power of a Boring Exercise Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_power_of_a_boring_exercise_routine Yes, our bodies quickly adapt to the same daily activities. But surprisingly, there can be power in a routine that, in general, doesn't change. Mon, 30 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EST