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October 11, 2011 7:41 AM
A friend of mine told me about Spark People, but it looks like a very similar program as MFP. I am very happy with MFP, my question is is there any reason you would do both?
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October 11, 2011 7:44 AM
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A friend of mine told me about Spark People, but it looks like a very similar program as MFP. I am very happy with MFP, my question is is there any reason you would do both?


Untill MFP incorporated a recipe calculator, I used Spark People to do the job. I much prefer MFP tho
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October 11, 2011 7:44 AM
I tried Spark People and found it not to be as user friendly. I went back to weight watchers from Spark People until I found MFP. I think it is much easier to look info up on MFP.
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October 11, 2011 7:44 AM
I would't do both. They are very similar and it would just be double the amount of work! I switched over from Spark People because this format seemed a little better and I like the community here. :)
October 11, 2011 7:45 AM
I use fatsecret.com for my food logging because I like their food calendar better, but the people on MFP are WAY better, so I always find myself spending more time here than anywhere else.
October 11, 2011 7:45 AM
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I would't do both. They are very similar and it would just be double the amount of work! I switched over from Spark People because this format seemed a little better and I like the community here. :)


Agreed!
October 11, 2011 7:45 AM
I've been on Sparkpeople, and like MFP better because it's much more simple and stripped down. One thing, though that I might still use is the exercise video demos they have, or maybe read articles they have. But that's about it.
October 11, 2011 7:46 AM
i have used both....and mfp is just sooooooooo much better!!!!! trust me, stay where you are at and invite your friend to try mfp!
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October 11, 2011 7:46 AM
Nope. Tried Spark People. Didn't like it.
I love MFP heart
I think it's all about finding what works for you, and going with it. I have no idea how anyone would be able to do both SP and MFP (time-wise). I know how much time MFP takes up for me. LOL
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October 11, 2011 7:46 AM
I just got an account with sparkpeople just to see what the fuss was about. it is really difficult to add foods and what not...like it's hard to figure out, especially after being on here for so long. i like MFP better. I haven't logged onto sparkpeople since the day i got it lol
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October 11, 2011 7:47 AM
I do MFP the most and Spark People just for support and tips. They have alot of good articles and food ideas.
October 11, 2011 7:47 AM
Spark people is more cumbersome than MFP and of course you guys are on here flowerforyou
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October 11, 2011 7:50 AM
I tried Sparkpeople for a minute but didn't really think it was user friendly and was not really motivated to track my food or exercise the way I am here. I am pretty new to this type of forum but so far I LOVE MFP.
October 11, 2011 7:53 AM
I just took a look, MFP is much more user friendly.
October 11, 2011 8:03 AM
I like MFP a lot better. The site is nicer and easier to use. I also like the people here better as the over the top rainbows, sunshine and unicorns of the Uber positive without being grounded in the real world didn't rub me the right way.

People here tend to tell it like it is and there are lot more people that know what they're talking about here.
October 11, 2011 8:05 AM
Yeah I would never leave MFP, I just didn't know if there was any benefit to using both... I have way to many friends on here that I would not leave.
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October 11, 2011 8:07 AM
I like the articles and the newletters I receive which are encouraging from sparks but I haven't used the other things.
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October 11, 2011 8:08 AM
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Spark people is more cumbersome than MFP and of course you guys are on here flowerforyou

Yup, it really is. Plus they give you a range of calories under the assumption that you will eat the lower amount on the days you don't work out. I don't know about anyone else, but I eat what I can, so I was always eating up at the top of my alloted calories. Here I don't want to see my calories go into the red, so I eat what I'm supposed to eat and not more.
October 11, 2011 8:09 AM
I have a sparkpeople account that I use just for the e-newsletters and for "fitness map". You can enter in a running route on a map, enter your weight, age, etc. and hit calculate and it will tell you how many cals you burn running that particular route. Very cool. Otherwise, I dont use the sight for anything else, too confusing.
October 11, 2011 8:20 AM
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Spark people is more cumbersome than MFP and of course you guys are on here flowerforyou


Exactly this. I find the SP site very convoluted. I am really liking MFP
October 11, 2011 8:21 AM
the Spark website is too busy for my liking.... so much going on. i prefer this site...way more.
October 11, 2011 8:25 AM
I have done Weight Watchers, DWLZ, Sparkpeople and this site is the best ! It is easy andpeople here are wonderful !
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October 11, 2011 9:25 AM
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I like MFP a lot better. The site is nicer and easier to use. I also like the people here better as the over the top rainbows, sunshine and unicorns of the Uber positive without being grounded in the real world didn't rub me the right way.

People here tend to tell it like it is and there are lot more people that know what they're talking about here.

What you are saying is we rub you right.
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October 11, 2011 9:30 AM
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I do MFP the most and Spark People just for support and tips. They have alot of good articles and food ideas.
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October 11, 2011 9:43 AM
I much prefer MFP. Tracking food with SP was so cumbersome and difficult for me, therefore I would cheat often by not recording something, or recording it incorrectly. I did not see results. One of my favorite things about MFP is the app. You can scan the barcode of pretty much ANY food item (even grocery store brands) and it will tell you the accurate calories. So, it takes much less time to journal, and I love that. Success!
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