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Use SparkPeople to Help You Lose Weight

Updated on February 21, 2009

One of the keys to losing weight is to eat the right foods and the right amount of food. You can eat super healthy and still over eat. One of the problems I have always had though, is knowing how much is too much. How do you know how many calories your body needs? SparkPeople will help you figure that out.

SparkPeople is an online website that will help you come up with a diet and exercise plan that will help you lose weight. You input your physical information along with how much weight you want to lose and it will tell you how many calories you should consume each day and how much exercise you should be getting. It doesn't end there though.

Once you are registered for SparkPeople you can login each day and input what you ate or are eating for the day. This will allow you to keep track of your calories. Do it at the end of the day to see where you stand and how you did, or do it halfway through the day to see how many more calories you can eat at dinner. Sometimes I will check after dinner and see if I have the calories left for a snack that night. This is the part of the website that I have found the most helpful in losing weight.  It isn't a strict calorie count, but a range, which allows you more flexibility in what you eat.

This website is so much more than what I have mentioned though. There is so much information on nutrition, exercise, weight loss, and your overall health. There is an online community to give you support as you work to lose weight. There are dieticians and trainers in this community to give you professional advice. There is even a section that compares food choices. You can look at a list of all veggies, for example, and it will show you how many calories, fat, carbs and proteins are in each food. Seeing it layed out like this can help you make better choices.

SparkPeople is an amazing site with tons of great information. It isn't just for weight loss either. If you want to eat healthier, there is a lot of great information on that too. The best part of all this? It is completely free! If you are looking to lose weight, improve your health or eat better SparkPeople is a great place to help you through your journey.


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      julie 6 years ago

      Just heard of this site. And I need all the help I can get

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      Joanna McKenna 9 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Jennifer, what a great idea! I'll have to check it out!

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      laringo 9 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      This looks very interesting Jennifer. I'm going directly to this site as soon as I'm done here. What would I do without all the knowlegeable folks here on HubPages. Thanks for the info.

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      Triplet Mom 9 years ago from West Coast

      Wow Jennifer, I have never heard of SparkPeople. I am going to check it out and see what it is all about.