A smart, funny dive into the weight-loss industry, from a journalist on a quest to master healthy living

Like many of us, Andy Boyle struggled with his weight all his life. But it wasn't until one fateful pants-splitting incident that he realized he really ought to do something about it. Since then he has lost the weight. And put it back on. And lost it again. As he fumbled through his weight-loss journey, Andy learned the hard way that there's a difference between real, effective methods and the crap that big businesses are trying to sell you.

In Big Problems, Andy explores the reasons why we've gotten fat in the first place as well as real ways to lose those extra pounds. Through interviews with health experts, doctors, runners, bodybuilders and more, he unpacks the truths hidden beneath the hype, including:

  • Are superfoods really all that super?
  • Why the heck are you so hungry all the time?
  • Is it better to go for a run or lift weights?
  • Does dieting work? (Spoiler alert: No)

  • While he is by no means an expert, Andy Boyle's hands-on experience and insightful research cuts through the bullshit and gives it to you straight. This funny and useful book will have you lacing up your workout shoes and saying "no" to that second beer. (Well, maybe sometimes...)
    "Andy Boyle strikes again! Big Problems is funny and accessible and ultimately inspiring."
    --Michael Kruse, Senior Staff Writer for POLITICO and POLITICO Magazine

    "Self-help books can be a drag -- that's why Andy's book is so refreshing. The prose is crisp, fresh and funny, devoid of pretension and judgment. The encouraging and funny tone is a welcome counterpoint to similar guides that may leave us feeling failure rather than realizing our own strengths." — John Wenz, science journalist and author of The Lost Planets

    "What diet trend has piqued your curiosity? Workout fad? However you want to tame your waistline — fasting, CrossFit, fat freezing — Andy's tried it. This book opened my eyes to the cultural, scientific and economic underpinnings behind why we eat the (generally crappy) way we do — and how all of us can pivot toward a healthier future." — Alex Richards, Pulitzer finalist and Syracuse University assistant journalism professor