This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

Free Online Site Takes on Diet Gurus

Many people need a push to lose weight.

Chris Downie, the 39-year-old founder of SparkPeople, offers weight-loss tools, but not like Weight Watchers (WTW) or other diet programs such as the South Beach Diet, the Zone, Atkins or eDiets. SparkPeople's goal is not to help people lose weight, but to help individuals set and achieve personal goals. It's also completely free.

"We're more of a healthy-lifestyle program. Our goal is to help people make a healthy lifestyle change so they won't have to diet anymore," says Downie. "We try to make it really positive and fun. So we have a lot of things in our program that help people turn this from being a chore into something that's fun and exciting."

To help individuals make a change, SparkPeople offers numerous tools based on a goal-setting system Downie has been developing since he was 13 years old. It took nearly two decades to unveil it to the world, but in 2001 SparkPeople launched.

"We try to get people to start off with small goals and then reach those and get excited," says Downie. For example, a user might set the goal of drinking eight glasses of water a day. "That builds momentum and then you can start tackling bigger goals."

There's probably no better testimonial to Downie's system than Downie himself. In 1996, he and a friend launched an online auction site,, after he left his career as an accountant at Procter & Gamble (PG). In 1998, after two more friends joined, Up4Sale was acquired by eBay (EBAY) for a reported $70 million. Downie met his wife at eBay, crediting his motivational system for their connection. He then decided it was time to start a new company, and SparkPeople was born.

1 of 2

Select the service that is right for you!

Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!


DOW 18,030.21 +6.04 0.03%
S&P 500 2,081.88 -0.29 -0.01%
NASDAQ 4,773.4720 +8.0480 0.17%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs