Episode 2 – Intermittent Fasting with Dr Rachel Hudson

In episode 2, I spoke with Rachel Hudson, a GP from Greater Manchester. She lives with her husband (an oncologist) and their two young children and she has found weight loss and health through intermittent fasting.


Rachel has tried all sorts of diets over the years but when she heard about the 5:2 fast diet, things began to change. When she felt real benefits from intermittent fasting herself, she started a facebook group for other doctor mums who found themselves in a similar position and wanting to know more about IF. The group has blossomed and there is a constant supply of success stories.

I talked with Rachel about how we might communicate the benefits of IF to patients in the time-poor scenario of general practice and how we might answer the critics or colleagues unsure about the benefits of intermittent fasting. We also talked about family life and dealing with our kid’s nutrition and health.

These fantastic pictures show Dr Rachel before she found IF…


…and now after just over a year of intermittent fasting.


Rachel’s suggested resource would be to read The Obesity Code by Jason Fung. This book does nicely in explaining insulin theory of overweight and chronic conditions such as diabetes. It has a few interesting suprises also, like explaining the rise of insulin that can be seen after ingesting the fake sugars (artificial sweeteners) that we perhaps have seen as the answer to that sweet tooth. Rachel also mentioned Delay Don’t Deny by Gin Stephens.

She also suggested The Four Pillar Plan by Dr Rangan Chatterjee. After this second recommendation by a guest on the podcast, I bought the book, and it is certainly a nice resource to share with friend and family who might be struggling.

Thanks so much to Rachel, I really did enjoy our chat and her group has certainly helped me with my weight loss and health journey.

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