Synopses & Reviews
Ted Spiker may be the coauthor of numerous bestselling diet and health books, but the man just cant resist a good burrito. Or a bad burrito. (Hes also eaten a 76-ounce steak, asserted that his wifes post-pregnancy jeans were the best-fitting pants he ever wore, and was asked by his own childhood doctor if his feminine shape” embarrassed him at the beach.) In Down Size
, Ted takes readers on an inspiring, candid, and comical journey, exploring the art and science of weight loss through his own struggles as a pear-shaped man in a not-so-pear-shaped world, with research about food, exercise, and the psychology of losing weight. He reveals twelve truths about successful weight loss, in areas such as temptation, frustration, nutrition, and inspiration. Some truths: Redefine the Definition of Data Leave Behind Your Extra Gland Think Process, Not Outcome Train Shorter, Train Harder
Combining science, personal stories, expert interviews, and advice, Down Size is an entertaining, field-tested, and research-based look at how men and women can finally find the body they want.
Realistic, smart, and exquisitely funny tips for . . . keeping the weight off for good.
The Seattle Times
Working in an industry that is obsessed with size, it is refreshing to read a witty, true story about weight loss and managing a healthy lifestyle.
Nigel Barker, Americas Next Top Model
“I love this book. Diet books arent supposed to be page-turners, but this is. Diet and health books arent supposed to make you laugh or cry, but you will. You will also learn how Ted found his motivation, and how he can help you, too. I love it.”
—Michael F. Roizen, MD, co-author of the YOU: The Owners Manual series
“Finally! A perspective on the most important part of fitness and weight loss: the part that occurs between in the ears! Down Size marries the mind-body processes that we all must confront in our health and wellness journey. This is the book you need to read if you have ever or will ever do anything requiring physical AND mental commitment. Inspiring, informative and insightful!”
—Jennifer L. Ashton, MD, author of Your Body Beautiful
“I always wished someone would write this book. Ted Spiker will help change your body in simple, realistic, and effective ways you wish you would have known about sooner.”
—Adam Bornstein, author of Man 2.0 Engineering the Alpha
“If health and diet writing is a vast wilderness -- and take it from me, it is -- then Ted Spiker is the best guide you could ask for. Using his 12 hard-learned truths as signposts, Ted hacks through dense jargon, steers us clear of hype, and keeps us amused along the way. Best of all, snacking is encouraged.”
—Mark Remy, author of The Runner's Rule Book
“Ted Spiker is a guy you'll want to have on your team, whether it's tug-of-war, Tough Mudder, or just trying to make sense of the ‘tips and tricks that weigh us down when we're trying to live a simpler, but healthier life. In Down Size, Ted shares his vulnerable, hilarious, and ultimately insightful experience on taking the scale -- and himself -- head on. And he will inspire you to do the same.”
—James Beckerman, MD, author of The Flex Diet
An inspiring account of one woman?s mission to lose six dress sizes and change her life for good
For Lisa Delaney, being a ?fat girl? wasn?t just a matter of weight, it was a state of mind. At one hundred eighty-five pounds, she was despondent over diets that never worked and disappointed by her dull job and lack of a love life?until a late-night epiphany involving a half-gallon of ice cream convinced her that becoming a former fat girl, in body and spirit, was the key to creating a life she truly loved.
Today, seventy pounds lighter, Lisa is a successful writer at a national magazine. She is married to a man she loves. And she wears a size two.
Eye-opening, accessible, and filled with practical advice, this book reveals the seven secrets of Delaney?s success, and explores how shifting from ?wannabe Former Fat Girl? to actual Former Fat Girl is as much about seeing yourself as a confident, desirable woman as it is about achieving an ideal weight.
About the Author
Ted Spiker is co-author of the bestselling You series with Drs. Mehmet C. Oz and Michael Roizen and the bestselling Abs Diet series with David Zinczenko. An associate professor of journalism at the University of Florida, Spiker has worked as an editor at