Down Size: 12 Truths for Turning Pants-Splitting Frustration into Pants-Fitting Success

Down Size: 12 Truths for Turning Pants-Splitting Frustration into Pants-Fitting Success

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 1594631913

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Ted Spiker may be the coauthor of numerous bestselling diet and health books, but the man just can’t resist a good burrito. Or a bad burrito. (He’s also eaten a 76-ounce steak, asserted that his wife’s 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.


















effective if you don’t exercise at all, meaning that just starting has to be the first step for some people. When we’re dealing with people who need to lose weight, the first question may not be which is the right exercise to do, said Alex Hutchinson, PhD, author of the book Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?. “All of that is noise on top of the signal. Are you exercising or are you not exercising? That’s the question that matters.” Everyone starts with good intentions, said Hutchinson, who

fundamental principle of exercise, along with my other truths: No one thing can be the answer; all things should work in concert to improve your chances of being successful. Three Essential Elements of Exercise The answer for most people lies not in specific plans or programs, but in stepping back with some overarching philosophies about what you want for your workouts. Looking at your tastes in these three areas can help you determine what forms of exercise you want to use: Goal setting:

experience, I signed up again the following year. My friend Sean was on the team, as well as three new people—Scott (my college buddy), Shawn (a student of a friend who was supposed to do the event but got sick right before it), and Christine (of Taco Bell Diet fame). Having conquered the course the previous year, I wasn’t quite as worried about finishing. I knew I wouldn’t be able to make it across the monkey bars and would likely take another dunk into the water after slipping off (which

system” through the release of oxytocin, the bonding chemical that makes us feel trust, calmness, and connectedness to a bigger community. She concluded that self-compassion may be a powerful trigger for the release of oxytocin. While there may be genetic differences between people’s levels of self-compassion, environment plays a role, too. If you grew up in a home with a lot of conflict, you’re more likely to have lower levels of self-compassion. All the research, Neff said, points to the fact

getting fat and happy watching Bravo reality shows, they’ll burn off when they go feed the muscle. It’s a literal burn into oblivion as your body uses those cells for energy. Before Ahlgren and I ended our conversation, I felt I needed (once and for all) an answer to the anatomical question I’d had ever since my ding-a-ling doctor gave me his diagnosis. So I told her about my story and asked if it was possible I had an extra gland. “Noooooooo,” she said, with just enough of an elongated oooo

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