Website Review of the Day *drum roll*….Sparkpeople.
I was browsing the internet and stumbled upon Sparkpeople. It’s another website for weight loss or weight gain. I signed up and have been a member (My real name is Zahra Brown, but my Spark name SUNRISESUNSET) since 2006. Sad to say, but the experience has been unbearable! Read on to know more…
Internet trolls? I wish! Arguments? I can’t find them! All those women and no menstrual madness? Nope. There’s never any trouble on Sparkpeople. There are Moderators for the forums, but what’s the point when there’s nothing to moderate? The entire website is full of happy people changing their lives for the better. How sad.
Chris Downie started Sparkpeople ten years ago, and he sucks just as much as the website does. You can send him a private message through the website, meet him at fitness events, and he actually posts on the forums! Outrageous! How dare the site owner get off his high horse and walk with the big little people? Shouldn’t he be some faceless person no one’s met or seen since the website started making money?
It gets worse. The other Spark employees are just as approachable. They post regularly in the forums, many have experienced the various sides of fitness (aka they were fat too), and they include personal stories on the DailySpark blog, so they’re actually *vomit* likeable. Don’t you miss the days when Employees and Moderators only turned up to destroy a troll, before they both disappeared back into obscurity? I do. I really do.
Besides the Spark Store, everything on the website is free. Trackers? Free. Reports? Free. Forums? Free. Speaking with qualified experts? Free. Your own personalised blog? Free. Articles? Free. For goodness sake, Mister Downie, charge for something! Instead of forcing people into an expensive subscription for life, the website makes money from sponsors, advertising, and the store I mentioned earlier. Some fitness websites offer freebies, but the freebie is usually just spam a daily email. When Sparkpeople offered free access, they meant free access. I guess you’ll have to find some other way to spend your cash…
Everything you need
Remember how the Baker was for bread, the Butcher was for meat, and the Grocer was for vegetables? Now Walmart and Tesco do it all, so the Butcher, the Baker, and the Candlestick Maker aren’t necessary anymore! Sparkpeople is killing the diet industry the same way! Everything I needed to lose weight is on Sparkpeople. Fitness videos? They’ve got them, free and for cheap. How about a small discussion group for others just like me (or you)? They’ve got it, or let you start it. Calorie counters, exercise burn calculators, and what about BMI charts? Darn, they’ve done it again! Once you enter the website you could stay there forever and have everything you need. Years later I still discover new things!
Worst of all, the weight loss program actually works. You know how the diet industry relies on dieters failing so they’ll continue to use the program forever? The billion-dollar industry relies on dieters who lose weight, relapse, regain, lose weight, regain, lose weight…For some reason, Sparkpeople want you to succeed at permanent weight maintenance. They even have a Weight Maintenance section. This is suicide for the diet industry! A slim, healthy person educated in a healthy lifestyle with a great support system doesn’t repeatedly lose weight, buy tasteless diet ‘food’, or fall for pointless infomercials about useless products offering the world and everything in it. Why is Sparkpeople being so selfless selfish?
As you can see, all the great things you’ve heard about Sparkpeople are true. Unlike some other fitness programs, this one fulfils its promise to ‘Make Your Life An Adventure’. The ups and downs since I lost these 75lbs has been an adventure, and it’s not over yet. I blame Sparkpeople for helping me move from a size 20 to a size 8. I blame Sparkpeople for taking me from 51% body fat to 25%. I blame Sparkpeople for the endless support when I wanted to throw in the towel and eat until I exploded popped.
If you still want to sign up then click here. Make sure you come back. You’ve been warned.