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Ted Spiker, a former articles editor at Men’s Health, is a freelance magazine and book writer. He has published hundreds of magazine stories, co-authored about 20 books, and is the author of “Down Size: 12 Truths for Turning Pants-Splitting Frustration into Pants-Fitting Success.” He is also the writer of the Big Guy Blog for


Spiker has had his work published in such platforms as,, Outside, O The Oprah Magazine, Fortune, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Reader’s Digest, Runner’s World, AARP Magazine, Parenting, Dr. Oz The Good Life, and many more others. Before working as an editor at Men’s Health, Spiker worked at Delaware Today magazine, where he served as editor and assistant editor for this award-winning city-regional magazine. There, he wrote hundreds of stories about people and issues, and as editor, he oversaw the magazine’s award-winning entry for investigative reporting.


Spiker has co-authored about 20 books, including New York Times bestsellers. A sample of books he has co-authored:

“Food Can Fix It” with Dr. Mehmet Oz (2017). Landed as No. 3 on New York Times Bestseller List under “Advice, How-To, and Misc.” in first week of sales.

“AgeProof” with Dr. Michael Roizen and Jean Chatzky (2017)

“This is Your Do-Over” with Dr. Michael Roizen (2015)

The “YOU: The Owner’s Manual” series with Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen (2004-2009)

The “Abs Diet” series with David Zinczenko (2004-2008)

Down Size

In this sole-authored book, Spiker explores the biology and psychology of weight loss and dieting in a book that combines the science and soul of health struggles. Once at an all-time high of 279 pounds, Spiker takes us on his own revealing and hilarious journey as he attempts to get down to 200 on the scale. He talks to some of the world’s leading weightloss experts, takes cues from other men and women who have lost as much as half their body weight and more, and learns some tough lessons on his own. Ultimately, he decides to take on an Ironman, one of the most grueling endurance events in the world. Tackling all the common problems of nutrition and exercise, temptation and humiliation, motivation and frustration, Spiker not only examines the best practical tactics for weight loss, he also dives into the mental and emotional factors that drive every decision you make.

Runner’s World Blog

Since 2011, Spiker has been writing The Big Guy Blog for (Before that, he spent a year as The Marathon Virgin as he attempted to run his first 26.2). Spiker has explored the ups and down of running as he has raced an Ironman, tried to break 30 minutes in a 5K, and started the wildly popular Sub-30 Club (now more than 5,000 members).

Writing Samples

Pieces for

The Bama Muscle Factory, Men’s Health

The Art of Leadership, Men’s Health

Rubber Match, Esquire

Stacked, Runner’s World

Kid’s Toughest Questions Answered, Parenting

Play’s the Thing, Outside

Ironman Race Report, The Big Guy Blog

Tough Mudder Race Report, The Big Guy Blog

First Sub-30 Club Post, The Big Guy Blog

Breaking Sub-30, The Big Guy Blog

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