The weight loss and fitness industry have been booming for decades, and there is no sign of them slowing down. Books, magazines and DVDs all are equally obsessed weight loss solutions.

With various support programs such as Weight Watchers, Weigh Less, and Jenny Craig this trend has grown massively over the years. Even online, there are many sites dedicated to weight loss and exercise to help dieters in their weight loss battle.

Most weight loss sites are asking a membership fee. Therefore, for a long time those who needed personalized guidance to a healthy weight loss diet, but unable to pay the membership fees, were out in the cold.

There is however one site that threw open their doors for all to benefit in their quest to healthy weight loss solutions.  SparkPeople is a 100% free online program that offers features that rival those of expensive weight loss websites.

Their credentials speak for themselves. Named as the Best Health Website by Business Week in 2006, 2007 and 2008, SparkPeople is one of the most visited diet websites in the world.

In 2001, SparkPeople.com began as a goal-setting website. However, when the owners realized that the majority of members’ goals were related to nutrition and fitness, they switched the site’s focus.

With premium tools, added SparkPeople became a subscription site. However, in 2005, a decision was made to offer all of the tools and resources free!

How SparkPeople Works

As a new user, you are ask to declare your goals. The body mass index (BMI) is calculated. They also provide further assistance in setting safe and achievable weight loss goals to lose a certain amount of weight in a certain time. Next, the user sets his “Fast Break” goals, which consist of small changes toward a healthier lifestyle.

Create your own personalized “SparkPage” and join “SparkTeams” geared toward different interests and goals. A message board let you interact with other members and get support.

A variety of tools will help you in your quest to conquer the battle of the bulges.

Nutrition Tracker
This tool helps you to plan your meals, check the calories and the nutritional value of food. The healthy eating plans allocate a certain number of calories, carbs, fat and protein each day. As you add your food during the day, their values are subtracted, showing how much more calories you may consume.

Fitness Tracker
Use this tool to assists you to build a fitness plan especially for you. A standard plan automatically generate according to each member’s needs. However, feel free to alter it to suit your preferences.

I learned that if I must do something, which clashes with my personality, I usually do not follow it through. You need to do stuff that inspires you to do it even more.

Weigh-In
This tool helps members keep track of progress by recording weight and measurements.

Blog and articles
SparkPeople features a motivational blog and thousands of articles about weight loss and fitness.

The SparkPeople website supports itself with an online fitness store. Items available include fitness equipment, DVDs and apparel. However, unlike many programs, SparkPeople does not require members to purchase anything.

For a $40 billion industry, weight loss programs are surprisingly horrible at giving you the whole picture. In fact, hardly anyone even mentions how to overcome the most common dieting roadblock – weight loss motivation.

Sick and tired of your overweight body? Give yourself a gift – the gift of loving you enough to decide today to join a safe weight loss program and enjoy a healthy lifestyle full of vitality.

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