Podcast 10: Simone’s guide to losing weight with a disability

In Podcast 10, Kate talks to the truly inspiring Simone Illger, who has lost over four stone in weight despite a disability and mobility issues that make exercise very difficult. Thalidomide, a drug taken by Simone’s mother during pregnancy, led to her being born with severely shortened arms and legs.

After a lifetime battle with her weight, Simone combined simple calorie-counting with 5:2, and hasn’t looked back. Simone Baker AfterShe has a wealth of tips, ideas and great observations about why fasting has helped her achieve her goal, and allowed her to become much more activeSimon Baker Before and confident into the bargain.
Simone discusses how she turned her back on gastric by-pass or other weight loss surgery and found the answer in fasting twice a week; talks home gyms, sports bras, and unconscious eating. And she explains why mayo and peanuts are off the menu, but cauliflower steaks are now a firm favourite.

Podcast Show Notes

Simone’s blog is really inspiring, with accounts of her exercise regimes, plus lots of great recipes, including this one for cauliflower rice and this one for cauli steaks with black olive and sun-dried tomato relish! Her story also featured in The Ultimate 5:2 Recipe Book and on this site, too.

To read more about the campaign for  fair compensation for those affected by the thalidomide drug, go to fiftyyearfight.org 

And to join our free 5:2 Facebook group where Simone often adds her latest recipes, click here.

Important Note:

This podcast is for information only and is not intended as medical advice, or as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. There are some people who shouldn’t follow this diet: children and teenagers, and pregnant or breast-feeding women. If you take medication have a pre-existing medical condition, including Type 2 diabetes, you should talk to your doctor before making any dietary changes. In addition, anyone with a history of eating disorders should definitely not undertake this without talking to their doctor or specialist.